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Hi I'm Nena

I'm a nursing student and tennis player. I'm a daughter and big sister. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest daughter of eight children. I love my family and am so grateful that I got to grow up in a home full of food, laughter, mess, noise, and lots of love. Now I have moved away from home to get an education; I am studying nursing. All through high school I played competitive tennis, but tennis now serves (pun intended) as a study break for me. I thrive when I am busy, although I cannot function without my day-planner. I love to be in the kitchen, whether it's eating, cleaning, or baking. My favorite way to spend a Saturday is waking up early to bike or hike with friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in an active LDS family. However, I have found the teachings of the Church to be true for myself. Through sincere prayer, trials of faith, and trust in Jesus Christ, I have learned a great deal about my relationship with God. My family is essential to my happiness, and I am excited to create my own. My greatest aspiration is to be a mother and I know that I will also rear my children in the gospel. I believe that by living righteously according to the commandments of God, I can be with my family forever. I can't wait to go to the temple myself to learn more about the Plan of Salvation and God's love for me. I believe the Book of Mormon is true, and my testimony grows each time I read. I know it is of God because I feel His love when I study. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, and I know that we have prophets who teach and guide us today. I have learned that the Atonement can be drawn upon not only for repentance from sin, but for relief from pain, for comfort, and for understanding. I am a Mormon because my parents raised me in the Church; I stay a Mormon because I feel happy when I learn about Jesus Christ. I love my Savior, and that is why I continue to follow His gospel.

How I live my faith

When I came to college, I was called to be a leader over sixty young women in my young single adult ward. To fulfill this assignment, I attend extra meetings on Sundays to plan activities that will help our group grow closer to each other and closer to our Savior, Jesus Christ. I am also a visiting teacher, which is exactly what it sounds like! My roommate and I visit, minister, and look out for the girls under our care. I am grateful for these opportunities to serve. Outside of these organized responsibilities, I live my faith in every day life. Once a week, I go with a group of students to sing hymns at a rehabilitation center, striving to bring joy to those who are in pain. I study the Book of Mormon in school, in church, and at home. My ultimate goal is to act as the Savior would. This is not always easy, but I am always happiest when I can feel His influence in my life. I am nowhere close to perfect, but through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can draw closer to Jesus and become more like Him.