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Hi I'm Peri.

I'm a runner. I'm a painter. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently in the middle of a Psychology/Neuroscience degree at Brigham Young University, training for a marathon, and preparing to serve a mission in Mesa, Arizona. I love music more than I love blueberries, running in the mountains, and taking every opportunity that comes my way to travel and learn more about different cultures. Though I find great joy in my travels and adventures, nothing makes me feel more happy than when I spend time with my family in Indiana.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the Gospel of Jesus Christ makes me happy. The values and standards taught in the Church are designed for those who follow them to find happiness and become a better person. This is what has happened to me; I have found peace, happiness, and am continuously improving myself. I have been able to become a better me, a better friend, a daughter, sister, and someday mother. Knowing that I am a daughter of a King has helped me understand my self-worth and given me a greater respect for all His children and creations. Most of all, I'm grateful for the gospel because it has brought me closer to Christ. It has taught me that I should have a personal relationship with Him. Jesus is my rock, my big brother, and my best friend. I've learned that He is always there for me, no matter what, and I'm so grateful for His love. I trust in God. I know that He’s there. I know that He cares. And I know that He’s already won for me and always will. Always.

How I live my faith

God wants full-custody of His children, not just weekend visits. With that in mind, I do more to live my faith than merely attending church on Sundays because faith is a lifestyle. I study the scriptures. I say my prayers. I wear modest clothing. I try my best to live in accordance with the gospel. And I share my faith with others. Growing up, church activities, seminary, church on Sundays, and temple trips took up a large portion of my time and have become some of my fondest memories. My parents taught me to say daily prayers and to read the scriptures daily. It is those times that grounded me in my faith and reliance on my Father in Heaven. I love how the church creates a sense of community. Having a ward, a bishop, home-teachers, and visiting teachers brings a support system that is not found anywhere else. There are people out there that love me, and I try my best to reciprocate by being an friend and visiting teacher myself. Ward members always pull together and help those in need, which is what truly taught me to serve. One way that I currently serve is by escorting those with mental illnesses to church each Sunday. This has allowed me to be more hopeful and love all of God's children more fully. I've also been called as a missionary for the Church to Mesa, Arizona. There, I will teach people about my faith and happiness.

Are Mormons Christians?

Mormons are Christians in the most real sense. We believe in our Savior Jesus Christ and that He is the only begotten son of the Father. We have accepted Jesus Christ as our leader, our King, our Savior and our brother. Our teachings are based off of the teachings of Christ, a dominant figure in the history of the world and the only perfect man to have ever walked this earth. He is our Savior and Redeemer. He is the center of our faith and the head of our Church. The Book of Mormon, just as the Bible, testifies of Jesus Christ. And because we are Christian, we call ourselves, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The law of tithing is how the Lord funds His Church. Today, all faithful members of our Church contribute a tenth of their income as tithing. Tithing funds are used for constructing temples, chapels, and other church buildings. It's used for funding the missionary program and temple work. Education, family history, materials used in classes are also other uses for the tithes of the Church. Show more Show less