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Hi I'm Maranda

I grew up in Utah, I played collegiate soccer in New Mexico, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love playing soccer and exploring the outdoors. I play the violin and hope to one day become a Pharmacist. I believe in rain, sweatshirts, and hot fudge sundae pop-tarts.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a Mormon culture, and until I went away to college it was more or less all I'd ever known. However, regardless of our circumstances, we all go through a time when we have to decide for ourselves who we are and then decide who we want to be in the future and what can help us get there. The best person to look to for answers to that question, besides looking within ourselves, is our Heavenly Father. He has all of the answers to our test that is life, but we can only be lead to those answers if we ask Him in prayer. I know that within this Church, trying to become more like my brother the Savior, is exactly where my Heavenly Father wants me to be. I know that because I've asked Him. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God preserved especially for us in this day and age, and that it can help us grow closer to the Savior than any other book. Since I know that the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was called as a prophet and given the proper authority to bring back Christ's church. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the same exact church that Christ established during His mortal ministry on earth. I'm a Mormon because I know that all of the pure and simple doctrines taught by Christ in the Bible are fulfilled in this, His modern day church.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving a mission in Tennessee. As missionaries we try and help people come closer to the Savior by learning about His restored gospel. In consequence of that opportunity we have the responsibility to do our best to follow the things that we teach. I'm not perfect- in fact I get discouraged from living the Gospel quite easily. At times I feel as though there's no point in trying to become more like Christ when we know that we will never reach His level. But in trying to find a solution to that question I've learned (through the scriptures and prayer) that God loves us more than we will ever know. He knows what's best for us and He will always be watching over us. In a talk by Richard G. Scott, a member of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles, I learned that He loves us despite our many weaknesses. The sins that we commit in weakness are never looked at through the eyes of an enemy-by that I mean He doesn't try and get us on the little things. He asks us to repent of our sins committed in weakness, but to avoid all forms of rebellion. So as long as we are doing our best to fortify our weaknesses into strengths through the power of His Atonement and as long as we live according to the light and knowledge that we have received, we will be blessed. I know that these things are true. That our loving Heavenly Father doesn't want us to be perfect over night but He wants us to continually strive to understand the potential son or daughter of God that we can be, and take small steps to try and achieve the vision He has for us. I do so by reading the scriptures daily and praying for the strength to change according to His will. I live my faith retaining in remembrance the following quote from President Brigham Young, a prophet of God, "The men and women, who desire to obtain seats in the celestial kingdom, will find that they must battle every day." I know that life is a daily battle but that "I can do all things through Christ."