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Hi I'm Sierra Dawn Zollinger

I grew up in Burley, Idaho on a dairy farm and am going to school at BYU. I love sports, animals, and movies. I'm a mormon.

About Me

My name is Sierra I have 5 siblings (4 older and 1 younger). I am currently preparing to go on a mission to Mendoza, Argentina. Previously before that I was at BYU where I was there for a year, and am majoring in elementary education. Before going to BYU I was up in Moses Lake, Washington going to school at Big Bend Community College on a basketball scholarship. I absolutely loved it there! I got my Associates Degree in generals. Sports have always been something that I enjoy and love, especially basketball but my other passion is running. I have done several 5K, 10K, half marathons, and 2 marathons. However this all came to a sudden halt back in October when I tore my ACL playing basketball on an intramural team. It was a devastating blow but slowly and surely I recovered from it just in time to turn in my mission papers. Then a week after I got my call I tore my ACL again while I was doing yoga for physical therapy. The second time I tore it really rocked my world and recovery has been a lot slower and more painful but through lots of family support and love, diligence, and prayers I am still able to go on my mission. A cool and life-changing experience that I had this past spring was I got to go on a dental humanitarian trip to an Island in the South Pacific called Kiribati. I was there for three weeks and absolutely loved everything about it- the culture, the people, the food, the climate, and even the work. It would be a dream come true if I was ever able to go back.

Why I am a Mormon

Like I previously mentioned I was born and raised in the church, so all growing up it was easy to lean on my parents or other friends and family member's testimonies. So there hasn't been one big dramatic life-changing event that has built my testimony, but rather a lot of little things ( I like to call those little things tender mercies). A few times or events that really have had an impact on my life. Such as when I was fourteen years old I went to Marten's Cove with my ward. When I was walking through the cove I was praying and asking to know if it really happened and if the gospel was true. I remember instantly feeling the spirit so strongly and getting the reassurance that it was. Another testimony builder was when I finished the book of mormon for the first time, I was up in Washington going to school. I had just read Moroni's challenge in chapter 10, and decided to pray to heavenly father to know if it was true. I remember I was hoping to get this big revelation telling me it was true but it didn't happen. I'll be honest I was a little bummed but as I sat there and thought about it and all the things I learned and felt when I did read and study it to the days when I didn't. They were almost a night and day difference with how happy I felt and how much better my day would go. Then the thought came to me that that is my answer to my prayer that what I had read was true, and after thinking that and thanking heavenly father in prayer. I once again felt the same spirit and reassurance feeling that I had felt when I walked through Marten's Cove. Another time that my testimony was strengthen in regards to a modern prophet was when I went to General Conference last October. We got to our seat before the prophet entered and there we waited until he came out, and when he did the whole congregation stood up and went silent. The spirit was so strong during that silence. I got goosebumps as the spirit bore solemn witness to me that he is a living prophet of god.

How I live my faith

I was born and raised in the LDS church. I would consider it my rock or my foundation in my life. Everything I do, think, or am has been influenced by the church. I have been blessed to live in an area that is heavily populated with people that share my same beliefs and standards. I loved that my high school friends believed in the same things as me because it was easier to not fall into peer pressure and I could lean on their strength, example, and testimony. I am currently attending a young singles adult branch in my community. Some things I do to be an active participant in my branch is I attend all the church meetings every week, and not only attend but I try to participate in the lessons by giving comments and asking questions. One part of the meeting consists of the sacrament and this is where we make promises with Heavenly Father by partaking the bread and water which I try to remember and live up to those promises through out the week. Every Monday night there is social activity called Family Home Evening where everyone is welcomed to come and play games, socialize, and eat. They always make sure to have a spiritual thought and I try to go to this every week to support the leaders efforts to put it together. Some personal or individual things that I do is I try to read my scriptures everyday as well as pay my tithing where those funds are given to the church to improve it. I try to do simple acts of service for others whether it be in my family, in the branch, or a stranger.