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Hi I'm Mariah

I'm a writer, artist, student, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First and foremost, I think of myself as a writer. In fourth grade, I discovered my love for writing. In 2011, I joined National Novel Writing Month--or NaNoWriMo--and have participated every year since. I currently have a novel I'm working on completing. Only then do I consider myself a student. Confusingly enough, I'm both a highschool and a college student. I'm currently working on my diploma and my AA degree. My interests career wise mostly consist of three things--English, Computer Sciences, and Art. Until not too long ago, I was set on becoming an English major, despite what other people tell me about an English Major being one of the worst degrees I can go for. And then I met a friend who programmed, and became interested in programming--so much so that I went and learned Bash on my own! My other hobbies include the following: reading, baking, cooking, archery, instrument playing--I play four or five of those--karate, chess playing (although I'm not very good at it), and talking to people online.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the covenant, for my parents were both LDS at the time. Since then, I have developed a testimony of my own that the Church is true. It is not a testimony based completely on faith, though a large part is; I am a Mormon because it makes sense. The doctrines and principles that are taught within the our Church make more sense than anything else out there. There's no mystic mojo going on in the LDS Church, no secrecy, it's not a cult, and it worships living, divine Beings. I know that the church is true. I know Joseph Smith was a true, modern-day prophet of God, and he was called to translate the Book of Mormon. I know my Heavenly Father loves me, and that I am a child of God. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ; amen.

How I live my faith

I make an effort to attend each meeting that is meant for me; sacrament meeting, scripture study classes, youth night activities, leader meetings, and others. I am the young women's youth leader--president of the Laurel's class--and I care for each one of my sisters. I strive to always be there to lend a helping hand to those in need.

What are Mormon temples used for?

Many people misinterpret what happens in our temple and many interpret our desire to not talk about what goes on in the temple as blatant secrecy. Some theorize it's because Mormons do things inside the temple that embarrass them--conspiracies of cults, "magic underwear," and other such ideas--but this is definitely not the case. The temple is the House of God. It's not something to be taken lightly, or to be desecrated. I believe it's for this reason that someone has to be a worthy member for a year before they can enter into the temple--not because it's secret and we want to indoctrinate people into a "cult" or what-have-you before they enter into the temple, but because it's sacred. Various ordinances are performed inside the temple. Some people might believe that whoever did not learn about Christ on the Earth is doomed to burn for eternity, but our God is one of mercy; those that did not have the opportunity will, and these are performed in the temple. Ordinances for the living, such as marriages and sealings are also performed to protect family units. Eternal truths are taught within its sacred walls. Even from the days of Solomon, the Lord instructed the members of His church to build temples on the Earth. Today's temples are little different from then; they are places of God, prayer, the spirit, and love. I pray that one day, everyone may know this. I testify to you that I know of the truthfulness of these things; in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen. Show more Show less