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Hi I'm Ariel

I grew up in El Salvador and North Carolina. I am a pre-dental student. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert. I was baptized at the age of 14. I am currently a student majoring in Physiology and Developmental Biology as a pre-dental student. I am the youngest of three in a family of five. I love family, friends, music, soccer, and movies.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to become a Mormon because the doctrines and beliefs we are instructed help us to understand this confusing world we live in a little more. While being a member of this church does not seem easy to many because of all of the ‘rules’ and 'limitations' we have placed around us, they help guide us towards a very fruitful and pleasant way of living as we draw closer to Christ and become like Him. As I said earlier, I am a convert to the church. My conversion story began when I was 13 and my sister and I decide to go to church one Sunday. Immediately, we felt the overwhelming love and support of all of the members that Sunday. I was quickly set up to meet with the missionaries serving in the area the following week. As the discussions progressed and more and more information was placed in front of me, I felt an impressive sense of peace and calm whenever this gospel was mentioned. It was clear to me that what I knew was true without a doubt. Being in high school at the time, the decision to be baptized was not the easiest though. Many had vast misconceptions of what the church really stands for and as such, tried to convince me out of being baptized. I had no support from my friends at all not because they didn't care about me, but because they actually thought that they were helping me by advising me to not join the church. I had to solely rely on the members of the church and my sister in my decision. Soon enough, I was baptized at the age of 14 and my life has truly never been the same since then. So many windows and opportunities were opened up to me when I joined this church that have and will continue to shape my life for the better. One of the most opportunities I have been given is to serve as a missionary for the church. Through my mission service, I hope to have as great of an impact sharing the knowledge of this gospel with those around me so that it can become an integrate part of their lives and bless them continually.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through action. I will soon be set apart to serve as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for a period of two years. Through all of my years as a youth in this church and in various church programs and positions, such as seminary, I will very soon be out serving everyone that I come across so that I can make at least a small difference.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Ariel
Essentially, no. Any member who is eligible to serve in all aspects in encouraged to do so, but no one is ever forced into serving a mission. The young men of the church are greatly encouraged to serve, though, as it is a commandment that if they are able to serve, then they should. Young women are encouraged to serve, but have no obligation to serve by any means. Show more Show less