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Hi I'm Cierra!

I am the 2nd of 7 children, I love all sports and am a collegiate distance runner, and I'm so grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

Coming from a large family, chaos is never an odd occurrence...but I wouldn't have it any other way. Spending time and laughing with my family has always been a favorite of mine and it only gets better as time goes on! We all share a love of sports and anything active or competitive and some of my favorite memories are times when I was on a team with my sisters or running with my brothers. We have lived in 3 different areas of Idaho and each time we moved all of us kids thought it was the end of the world for sure. Come to find out it has been the best thing for us and we have learned so much and made so many friends. Turns out big changes aren't so bad(: I am now a college student and was blessed not only with amazing roommates my freshman year, but amazing teammates to run cross country and track with and to add to my list of wonderful examples. I have gained sooo many life lessons from all my sports but running has taken me to so many new places and continues to teach me all the time. Through it all, my constants have been my amazing family and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I can't imagine who I would be without them! This is why I want to serve a mission- there is happiness to be had and not everyone knows where to find it! The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of my family. Because I have family members that are such amazing examples to me (who I want to grow up to be just like). Because I love my family more than I can say and want to be able to live with them forever. I have grown up always going to church, but when I was a little younger I worried that I only went because my parents wanted me to and it was what I'd always done, not because I wanted to for myself or because I had a testimony. So I did the only thing I could do. I continued attending church, read my scriptures, and then prayed to my Heavenly Father to ask if what I was doing was right. Little by little I got my answer. I could feel the warmth of the Holy Ghost, someone would say something in a talk that was just what I needed to hear, I'd come across a scripture that answered a question of mine, and my day would go just a little smoother. There was never a huge, monumental event that screamed, "This is true!" but it was the simple, gentle answers that seemed to say, "How could it not be true?". I was never so happy to find something out for myself. And finally, I am a Mormon because it makes me happy. This gospel is a gospel of hope and happiness and when we live its principles we are so blessed.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by simply smiling and trying to be a little better each day. Our Heavenly Father has blessed us with this life and His gospel (we like to refer to it as The Plan of Happiness), with talents and abilities, and with second chances among so many other things. What better way to say 'thank you' than to be happy, learn and grow, work at our talents, and use our second chances? I know that if I can do these things and continue to progress little by little all the time, I can be a living example of how the gospel and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps lead and guide us. I can also be a testament that our Father in Heaven doesn't expect us to be perfect- he just wants us to try. Try to be better, try to learn as much as we can, and try to help as many of His children along our way.