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Hi I'm Veronica

I do my best to live a charitable life. I love God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I like the simple things: music and art, food, nature, and conversations with loved ones. l love opportunities to express myself and share my gifts with others. My favorite hobbies include historical doll collecting, making paper collage art and baking. I am going to college to become an elementary school teacher. I was never told what Christian denomination my family practiced growing up - the only thing I needed to know about my family's religion was that it was 'the only right one', according to my family. Looking back, I can say I was raised as fundamental evangelical Christian. We were taught to condescend and judge Mormons as in a cult and who were "lost": sinners, who needed to repent and achieve salvation or they were going to hell. As time went on, my religious upbringing failed to answer the deep questions I had about life. The perspective I had was that of despair, for if my church and many of the beliefs I had believed proved not to be true, I thought nothing could be. I experienced years of depression and substance abuse during my teen years. I no longer believed in God. For the next five years I would learn of the Mormon beliefs and the peace it could bring me, yet still be unsure because of my intense bias towards the church and God in general. I met with several missionaries over that time. I finally made the decision to be baptized after sincere, prayerful consideration and from the impressions I felt. Getting baptized was the best day of my life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because it helps me be who I truly am. It helps me to understand where I came from and where I am going. The teachings of Jesus Christ inspire me to improve myself and reach out to others, and give me spiritual enlightenment. I am so grateful for the church's guidance and direction in my life. I believe the church is blessed by our Heavenly Father who communicates through living prophets to do God's will. I can see insurmountable evidence of that throughout my experience being a Mormon. My life has found positive direction and peace, something at one time I had lost hope ever finding. I am grateful to my loving Heavenly Father for helping me to discover all that I can be. The church teaches values which I hold dearly - Christ-like love (charity), respect, honesty, and integrity, for instance. It helps me uphold those values, then I notice how happy and fulfilled I feel. I love being a Mormon!

How I live my faith

Every day is a time of prayer to talk to our Heavenly Father. I communicate with him to ask for help in understanding something, enduring trials, or just to express my gratitude. I have a strong testimony that he does hear our prayers, if we ask with a sincere heart and real intent, just as the ancient prophet Moroni taught. I am humbled to realize how different my life is with prayer. When my feelings and choices are aligned with God's will, I feel like my life progresses exponentially. The Mormon church has scriptures other faiths do not have. I found them, particularly The Book of Mormon, to be divinely inspired and filled with spiritual power and strength. At first, I was afraid to read The Book of Mormon, remembering my childhood when I was taught to consider it as wrong. Much to my surprise, I felt so much closer to God after I read it, and I find it an invaluable and complimentary book to the Bible. I am so grateful for the blessings it brings to my life. If I was on a desert island, I would want this book in my possession.