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Hi I'm Auriella

I'm a swimming instructor, a lifeguard and a music lover. I love the gospel. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hi all. I was born in the United States, raised in Hong Kong and moved to Australia with my family when I was at the age of 14. I love sports, I love learning languages and I also share an appreciation for music. I work as a swimming instructor and a lifeguard, both of which I really enjoy doing. I have recently graduated with Bachelor of Arts/Science and am preparing to serve my mission this August. I am loving the Gospel and am loving life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church as my parents were converts to the church when they were teenagers. I went through primary, young women and now I'm in YSA (young single adults). Although I was raised in the gospel, I too have a conversion story. When I was just a kid, to me, Sunday equals to going to church, it's the right thing to do because that's my parents told me. I did not enjoy church however because I did not get along well with the kids in the ward but I was still attending church regularly. At the age of 14, I migrated to Australia, hoping things would just brighten up but it did not happen as smoothly as I had hoped. For the first 3 years after the migration, my dad was in Hong Kong working, leaving me, mum and my younger brother in Australia. My mum was the one who 'pushed' us to church every Sunday and seminary every morning. Due to language barrier and culture shock, I became a very quiet girl, I wanted to reach out, yet I did not have the courage to. It was the darkest time of my life,I just did not enjoy life in general. This went on for 3-4 years but I was still going to church because I did not want to break my mum's heart. At the age of 18, one day, I prayed to Heavenly Father, wanting to find out if what my parents have been believing is true. I did with an eager heart and I said to myself if I couldn't feel anything, I would leave the church. I did not get an immediate answer, I was discouraged and started to stray. I stopped keeping the word of wisdom. I was 'happy' but I knew something was missing. I was missing that peaceful feeling that I always had; I was missing that comfort from the Holy Ghost. One day, a prompting just came to my mind saying..'Auriella, you know it's true, don't you? Can you deny the Gospel? Can you deny that feeling that you have once felt?' I realised...I have always been believing, I just did not know it. :) I am grateful for the atonement and the Gospel in my life. It has brought me the true happiness.

How I live my faith

I am serving as the branch pianist and would occasionally help the branch to organise musical items when there is a branch conference. I love my calling and love having the opportunity to praise the Lord with the musical talent that He has given me. At work, I would openly tell my colleagues that I am a Mormon.