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Hi I'm Arien Mills

I grew up in Colorado, USA. I love riding horses, playing frisbee, and have type 1 diabetes. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I graduated high school in 2013. I love riding horses, and playing Ultimate Frisbee and soccer and just about any other sport or game imaginable. I love to draw and to sing. I love writing. My younger brother and my older sister are my best friends in the whole world, and my family is the most important aspect of my life. My life hasn't always been easy; in fact, I've faced some challenges that have truly forced me to my knees because I had nowhere else to go or turn to but my father and my savior. At one point in my life, I had decided that God didn't exist. But I realized that I didn't want that to be true. I wanted God to exist, and I wanted him to be my Father like He had always claimed to be. So I prayed and asked if He existed, and if He loved me. I received such a strong feeling of love, and I was able to know that I am a child a God, just like you. I know He exists and loves us all. I have been called to serve a mission in California Fresno, Spanish Speaking

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because countless times throughout my life I have felt the spirit testifying to me that it is true. In many ways I am a pretty logical person, and my life has been planned out by me step by step; what I will do today, this week, this year, and for my future, and how it will affect me. So I began planning, and deciding whether I wanted the gospel to be a part of my life. I started at the beginning; was it true, and was it worth it? through study and research and self evaluation I realized that truly it was. It took prayer, and me asking that question to my Heavenly Father if He even existed to begin with, and did He love me. I received the strong confirmation that He does. It is true, and I know this to be a fact. And I am happy that it is true. The gifts of the gospel are the best gifts one could ever receive. Eternal families is the greatest gift of God has ever given, because if I couldn't be with my family forever, what would be the point? My brother and my sister are my best friends, and my mom and dad have worked and done so much for me because they love me. I know the gospel is true, and I know that Heavenly Father loves me and created this plan for me and so we could all return to Him. Jesus Christ is not only my brother, but my friend as well, as he says in my favorite scripture John 15:12-16. I know that Christ suffered and died for me because He loves me, just as I love my family. I would do anything for them, and they for me. But only Christ, the son of God, could have given us life and repentance through the atonement. The Book of Mormon is a testament of Jesus Christ and a companion to the bible, and was translated by the true prophet, Joseph Smith. We are led by a true prophet today. the gospel is true and its doctrines and teachings are uplifting and saving. I live it because I love it, and it's worth it.

How I live my faith

I was born in the church, and since 1st grade I have been in the same ward in the same small town. Many of my friends are also members, and I spend time with them both inside and outside church activities. Every Wednesday during high school I went to mutual, and every morning before school I went to seminary class that started at 6:15 in the morning. Since graduation, I was called to be the Primary and Nursery song leader. I taught the kids music, and took them through the primary program, which is a presentation of all the songs they've learned throughout the year. I spent a year after graduation working to prepare some money for my mission. The age change for missionaries was very significant for me, as I have always wanted to serve a mission for my Savior. At first, when I applied for a job, I was almost turned down despite my high qualifications and previous experience in the area, all because I didn't work on Sundays. I stuck to my beliefs however, and convinced them I could still do the work the other 6 days of the week, and I was hired. This decision, however, resulted in a lot of contention and anger from my other coworkers, but I know how important church and the Sabbath day is. I was later able to convince them of my hard work ethic and integrity. The decision to serve a mission before attending college also affected me greatly, as all of my friends went to college, and left me behind. But I know that serving a mission is the right choice for me. I live my faith by doing the small things every day to build my testimony with my Savior and my Heavenly Father. Living your faith means loving it, and if you don't love it, pray about it and ask why. That is what I have done throughout my life. I have been called to serve in the California Fresno Mission Spanish Speaking.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Arien Mills
One of my favorite quotes of all time is by Rene Descartes, and he says, "All ideas have a cause. The cause must either be inside me, or something else. Infinity and perfection are not within me, so the idea of an infinite and perfect God must have come from something outside me, so God must exist." In other words, God must exist because the idea of him does. We can see throughout history that mankind has always striven to create gods, but their gods have always been imperfect beings like themselves. It is physically impossible for an imperfect being to dream up that which doesn't exist in this imperfect world. Can you think up a new color if it hasn't been previously shown to you? If you had never seen or heard of Red, would you be able to imagine it? Of course not, just as Perfection cannot be dreamed up. Therefore, Perfection had to come from somewhere else and be presented unto us. "therefore, God must exist." Show more Show less