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Hi I'm Maria-Grace

I am a psychology major, a survivor of depression, a lover of life and most importantly, I am a Mormon.

About Me

Being the absolute nerd that I am, I have an insatiable hunger for learning. I love to learn anything from psychology, my current major, to biology, astronomy, finance, art history, sociology, etc. Despite my love (or you might also call it an addiction) for academia, the thing I like to learn about most is people. As C.S Lewis once said "“It is a serious thing to live in a society of possible gods and goddesses, to remember that the dullest most uninteresting person you can talk to may one day be a creature which, if you saw it now, you would be strongly tempted to worship [...] There are no ordinary people. You have never talked to a mere mortal." I am a firm believer that all people have eternal worth and eternal potential, and to learn of and unravel what that means for that individual, seeing that through the lens of God's eternal love for us, is the embodiment of my greatest joy in life.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story starts all the way back in junior high when I suddenly began suffering from depression. Overtime it began to worsen. I didn't know who I was, why I was even here; I was just a waste of space, and a burden for my family and my very few friends. In my first semester of university I had a friend who was a Latter-Day Saint - he was always bright, cheery, and optimistic, which was something I could not comprehend. One day I decided to ask him about his church, and as he continued answering the questions I raised, I felt happy for the first time in what seemed like forever. I soon asked him for a Book of Mormon, and I made a promise with God that if I knew that this book was indeed true, I would do all I could to get baptized. For the space of three days I read the book and prayed about it without receiving an answer... then finally one day, after almost getting hit by a bus and deciding to laugh about it (because I figured that's what Heavenly Father would like me to do) I sat down and opened the Book of Mormon to read it. When I began to read I was filled with this overwhelming warmth that pulsated throughout my body, and it felt as though my eyes were opened to the knowledge of the truth, and in that instant my depression was cured, and it was replaced with an indescribable joy. I knew at that moment that the Book of Mormon truly is the word of God. Of course following the event I met with the missionaries, and through many tears, struggles and opposition I was able to be baptized into the Lord's true and everlasting church. Why am I a Mormon? Because I know, as though it were bred in my bones, as though it were the very core of my being, that the Book of Mormon is true, that the fullness of the everlasting Gospel exists in this church, that Joseph Smith is a prophet of God and truly was chosen to usher in the restoration of these truths. I know it with all my heart and soul and I say these things humbly in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

How I live my faith

As a covenant daughter of my Heavenly Father, I promised at baptism to take upon myself the name of Jesus Christ, and to truly do so is to introduce the Savior into people's lives through His service, and by granting to them individually His pure and incomprehensible love for them. As it says in James 1:27 "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." Through looking outside ourselves and extending our reach to those who stand in need of our aid, we can learn most effectively what the Gospel truly means, because this is a Gospel of love. The way I live my faith is through following the example of Jesus Christ, seeking to lift others who need lifting, seeking to comfort when people stand in need of comfort. I know that when the Savior was on the earth he sought to help people according to their individual need - he did not just provide people with bread to eat all the time, but according to the need of those he served he would also teach the word of God, heal when it was necessary, show forth miracles so people could behold the glory of God, etc. Through keeping myself worthy and in tune with the Spirit, by reading my scriptures and relying on God, I can pray for inspiration to lead me to those who need my service, and to say and do the things the Lord would if He were physically here right now.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The scriptures contain the word of life, and it is filled with Heavenly knowledge which would not otherwise be manifest to us. They are the quickest and most effective way to strengthen our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, because truth invites the Spirit, and the Spirit manifests to us the everlasting love of God.It is my belief that scripture study is the most essential part of your day... likewise to the blessings of coming closer to our God and the Father, scriptures are a safeguard for the soul, they are your ultimate source of light, they are a conduit to all of Heaven's blessings. They speak truth in times of confusion, comfort in times of trial, reason when we feel like rebelling, hope when we feel like giving it all up. They are the windows which we can peer through to see the eternities as they really are, and it is the sure way, in conjunction with prayer, that will illuminate our paths even in the darkest abysses of our lives. Show more Show less