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Hi I'm Sienna

I've lived in Utah all my life. I love being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

I am 14 years old and I love to share my talents with others. I've been playing the piano for about 7 years and I love it. I love music and arts of almost every kind. I also enjoy participating in a variety of sports, running and volleyball being among my favorites. I feel so blessed to be able to live in such a beautiful area and be a part of a unified ward full of loving people and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I've always felt that this church is the one true source for happiness. I can't imagine what my life would be without it. It's wonderful to have the security of knowing where I am going, what I should be doing in life, and why I am doing it. When you're a member of the church you are surrounded by wonderful people to lift and strengthen you. The church, its teachings, and especially your Savior are always there to give you the comfort and love you need. I was baptized and confirmed a member of this church when I was 8 years old. Although I didn't know at that point what it really meant to make that important covenant, I do remember feeling the Holy Ghost strongly when I was confirmed (when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost). And as I continue attending church meetings, I am learning more and more about what it truly means to take upon me the name of Christ. My life revolves around my beliefs and I'm so grateful that I was blessed to be born into this church.

How I live my faith

I've come to understand that living my faith is an everyday thing, not just something I do when I go to church. I attend church every Sunday with my family and go to weekly youth activities. I serve others. I try to be an "example of the believers" and represent my Savior in whatever I do, wherever I go. I also participate in FamilySearch Indexing regularly to help others more easily find their family names for family history work. I also participate in baptisms for the dead in LDS temples. I try to be an example for my younger sisters and help them better understand and embrace the gospel. My family and I help each other grow through our everyday experiences together.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Sienna
Our constant donation to the church of 10% of our income is not given to the church just to benefit any one person. This donation called tithing is a commandment given to us by the Lord and when we give it to the church we consider it the Lord's money. This money goes to further the work of the church, and depending on what is needed at the time, it is used for these reasons: to build temples and meethinghouses, to maintain these buildings (facilites, etc.), to be used as welfare for humanitarian aid or those who are struggling financially, to help people who need money for their missions, to supply the church's various programs and organizations, etc. From a very young age we are taught to give 10% of the money we earn to the church. And although sometimes it might seem like a struggle for families and individuals to pay tithing and provide for their needs at the same time, we are promised that the Lord will bless us if we obey this important commandment. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Sienna
Yes, visitors are always welcome to attend our church meetings! Church meetings are always held on Sunday, our sabbath day. The meetings typically consist of what we call the three hour block, which means there are three sessions of meetings. The main and most important meeting is Sacrament Meeting, where everyone meets together in the chapel and partakes of the Sacrament. After the Sacrament there is usually two or three speakers from the congregation. During this meeting an opening prayer (the invocation) and a closing prayer (the benediction) will be given by members of the congregation and the congregation will sing a few hymns throughout the meeting. Oftentimes there will be a program handout you can take as you enter the chapel, which should be helpful to reference to if it's your first time at a meeting. After Sacrament meeting the congregation goes to different rooms throughout the church buildings for their 2nd-hour and 3rd-hour meetings. The meetings are split into age and gender groups. There are separate meetings for youth (teens ages 12-17), women, men, and children. If you would like to participate in those meetings but don't know where to go, just ask one of the members and they should be able to help you figure it out. Don't be afraid to approach people and introduce yourself; everyone should be friendly and willing to help you out. Show more Show less