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Hi I'm Marieka Lee

I'm from Cincinnati, OH. I'm a firm believer in shoe shopping and marvel at the miracle that is Amazon Prime. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a freshman at Brigham Young University, ready and anxious to take on the world and face new challenges. I am passionate about what I love, and I love what I am passionate about - personal writing is one of those "passions". I try to navigate daily life the best way I know how, and I've realized that life is much more enjoyable when I take a moment to appreciate the small details in life and the blessings of the Lord. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am preparing to serve the Lord as a full-time missionary in the Korea Seoul Mission (June 2015 - December 2016). Life is full of grand adventures. As I gain new experiences and encounter different challenges, I realize that being a Mormon has been the greatest blessing of all.

Why I am a Mormon

Having grown up in the Church, I took my membership for granted. I did what was expected of me--I went to church on Sundays, attended early-morning seminary, and delivered a talk in sacrament meeting when asked. In my early teenage years, I pretty much coasted along, more concerned with my personal secular ambitions than my spiritual progression. It wasn't until my sophomore year of high school that I read the Book of Mormon from front to back for the first time and truly gained my own testimony. As I read Moroni 10:4-5, Moroni promised me that if I asked the Lord a question in faith, I would receive the truth by the power of the Holy Ghost. For the first time in my life, I desired to see if Moroni's promise held true. It took great humility on my part to get down on my knees in prayer and earnestly ask the Lord if the Book of Mormon was true. Yet, as soon as I asked God, I felt an overwhelming peace envelop my entire body, and my heart swelled with an indescribable joy. That was the Spirit bearing witness to me the truthfulness of the gospel. That was the way in which Heavenly Father chose to communicate to me that the Book of Mormon was true. I am young and will be the first to admit I do not know many things. But I do know this: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. It is Christ's church restored here upon the earth in these latter days. Joseph Smith was a true prophet who translated the Book of Mormon by the power of God. With every fiber of my being, I proclaim that Jesus is the Son of God, sent to earth to redeem mankind from sin. It is only through His atoning sacrifice we are able to live with Father in Heaven once again. No opposing words of any man can possess the convincing power the Holy Ghost has when he testifies to me that Jesus is the Christ, the Savior of the world. I also personally testify of the healing power of the Atonement. Through Christ, we can be continually sustained, comforted, and uplifted by His grace and mercy.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every facet of my life. My desires, dreams, and goals are all shaped by my faith. First and foremost, I live my faith by preparing for my mission to Seoul, Korea. There are some days where I can barely contain my excitement for my mission (so much so that it sometimes takes a loving friend to tell me to calm down). Then there are other days when the thought of living on the opposite side of the world paralyzes me with fear. In those times, it is my faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ that helps me overcome my worries. As I prepare for my mission, I try my very best to share my beliefs with those around me. I used to be afraid to share the gospel--now, the spirit of missionary work has taken a hold on me, and I love sharing what I know to be true to friends and strangers alike. Whether that be discussing my faith through a friendly Facebook conversation or inviting a friend to meet with the missionaries, I enjoy teaching people about the gospel. Second, my passion for music helps me live my faith. Music tugs at my heart and speaks to my soul in a way like nothing else can. I am very involved with music in my church, whether that be singing in choir, playing hymns on the piano, or selecting specific hymns each week for sacrament meeting. When I imagine heaven, I imagine a chorus of heavenly angels heralding me through the pearly gates. When I imagine meeting the Savior, I imagine singing hymns of worship and praise to him. One of my favorite verses is found in 1 Nephi 21:13: “Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; for the feet of those who are in the east shall be established; and break forth into singing, O mountains; for they shall be smitten no more; for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.”