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Hi I'm Ariel

I'm a world traveler, an aspiring hand stand walker, and I'm a Mormon

About Me

I was born and raised Iowa, but I have been all over the world. If there is an airplane going anywhere I want to be on it. I love Asia. I've been here for the last 3 years. After graduating from college I moved to Shanghai China, where I spent an amazing year. In between getting ting bu dong'd and learning street shanghainese slang I fell in love with Mainland China and most importantly the Chinese people. While in Shanghai I had the privilege of living among some amazing and great people, but they were missing something: the light of Jesus Christ. This sparked a desire to share it with everyone and resulted in a mission call to the Taiwan Taipei mission, where I am still currently serving. I love Crossfit, my mom's gluten free cookies, and my family.

Why I am a Mormon

Because its true. It has been confirmed over and over to me, and because no other church on this Earth will get me as close to Jesus Christ as this church will. I think a lot of things about "Mormon culture" are not quite right and often Jesus Christ is lost in some of the things we as "Mormons" do. I'm a Mormon because Jesus Christ was born over 2000 years ago in a humble manger, he was later crucified, and finally in his crowning glory was resurrected. I am a Mormon because of this, my testimony of Him. This truly is His perfect church run by imperfect men.

How I live my faith

I'm a firm believer that you just do. A lot of times in life we talk about what we should do, as my dad puts it "it's easy to talk the talk, but much harder to walk the walk". I truly try to be love. I think the Savior's whole life was an example and ultimately a sacrifice of love. So as his disciple, I try to love everyone. I'm not nearly there and still have lots of weaknesses. However, I try to be the best every day and through my actions emulate the Savior Jesus Christ.