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Hi I'm Elicia Diane

I grew up in Pocatello, Idaho; love all things English and Theatre related; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have just recently graduated from college in English Education and with a minor in Theater and Speech Education. I love watching movies and TV seasons and reading books while searching for underlying themes that others may overlook. Nothing is more fun than trying to explain how a certain movie or TV show demonstrates teachings in the Mormon church (The most recent ones people think I'm crazy for is that Warm Bodies works as an analogy for the repentance process and Once Upon a Time is a perfect example of showing the Plan of Salvation [For clarification, ask a Mormon missionary in your town or city about the repentance process or the Plan of Salvation]). It may come off as an odd hobby but I absolutely love it. I also enjoy writing my own story lines. I started a YA series as a freshman in high school and have been using my education to perfect it to a point where I feel it will be it's most effective. I feel that I still have a long way to go! My writing is influenced by Shannon Hale, Alex Flinn, J.K. Rowling, Jay Asher, and crazy enough, Nathaniel Hawthorne (The one dead writer I would have loved to meet). Though stories are wonderful, I feel the best ones are the ones that change the reader to think more critically while enjoying the story. I am the big fan of there being "the moral of the story" but without directly stating it. I hope one day to reach young adults through my writing as well as through my teaching in high schools and middle schools.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I am the happiest I have ever been when I am living accordingly to the standards of the Mormon church. Having had done things in the past that have driven me from being as close to the spirit as I am now. I can feel the difference. I can feel how differently I react to different situations. I feel peace and warmth where before I would have felt hurt and anger. I am constantly amazed by the miracles that have come forth from what the world might see just as tragedy and neglect to see the good that God has worked from the sadness that effects everyone's hearts. I know that He lives and that He cares for us. I know that He has a plan for us that will make us happier than we could ever imagine. I know that He has given us the agency to choose what will make us happy in the hope that we will humble ourselves and give our trust in Him that he will guide us away from what we know what has made us feel happy to what He knows will make us happier than we could ever imagine.

How I live my faith

I am currently preparing to serve a mission for the Mormon church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints). Growing up I had never had a desire to be a missionary. Boys were supposed to go and girls who were "made for that", never me. However, as I was doing my student teaching, I grew to feel that this is what my Heavenly Father wanted me to do next and after a lot of humbling I am now eagerly preparing to help others discover His will for them as well. It may not be easy to temporally ignore my own material desires but I know that through this sacrifice I will be molded into the kind of disciple my Heavenly Father would want me to be. I try my best to act as He would have me act. It may be easier to be angry with my younger siblings over something that is of material worth to me, but in the eternal scheme of things, material possessions do not last but the emotional things do. Although it has yet to become first nature, I work hard to be kind to others and to have a joy in service. I have always loved the feeling that I receive after having done something good, but there still remains the lazy feeling before it that I work hard to ignore and to press forward in good works.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Elicia Diane
I know personally that there is a God because I know that He knows me personally. Growing up I have often asked for things in prayer and miraculous received them just to discover that they weren't really what I wanted. However these experiences weren't provided so that I can have whatever I want. They were provided so that I can have a better knowledge that I do in fact having a God who is my loving Heavenly Father who knows my wants and needs. He knows what will make me happy but has given me what I think will make me happy so that I can learn that in it fact didn't me make happy. He continues this until my wants and desires line up with His. I believe that God speaks to us differently to help us know that He is there and loves us. This is because we are all have different personalities and come from different backgrounds. My way might not have been your way at all so if your experiences are not aligning with mine, don't let that stand in your way of receiving an answer. Show more Show less