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Hi I'm Sierra

I was born in Texas, but I grew up in Utah. I love to draw, travel, camp, fish, and anything else outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to travel and meet new people. Throughout my life I have come across and become friends with individuals of varying cultural and religious backgrounds. I find that in learning about their beliefs and ways of life, I come to learn more about my own. This past summer I had the opportunity to travel to Japan with one of my best friends from high school. It was a neat experience and I came to know more about and appreciate the Japanese people and their culture. One of the things I found the most strange was that over there fair skin is highly valued, especially among the city people. While I was walking around the city of Nagoya in a t-shirt and shorts, trying to get a tan, many of the people I saw were carrying an umbrella in hopes that it would shield them from the sun's rays and keep their skin pasty white. Another thing I noticed was that they prefer natural beauty to lots of makeup. Occasionally I would meet a girl who wore a little bit of mascara, but that was the extent of it. While I was there I was able to go to a couple of LDS churches, as well as the Tokyo temple. Though I couldn't always understand what was being said, I still felt the emotions of their words. I felt like I was welcome and that I belonged there even though it was all foreign to me.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born and raised in the LDS faith, that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I chose to be one. Growing up, my parents taught me in the ways of the gospel and expected me to follow them. Though I believed and listened to what my parents said, I never truly had my own testimony; I instead relied on the testimony and faith of my parents. It wasn't until I was older that I began to explore the gospel's principles myself and see if it was really what I believed in. My parents encouraged me to find out for myself, and so I did just that. Through prayer and study I came to gain my own testimony and I now know, without a doubt, that this gospel and its teachings are of God. I'm proud to be a Mormon, I love this gospel, and I am grateful that I was, on my own, able to discover its truth.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by serving those around me, as well as striving to be a good example. I believe that the best way I can live my faith is by participating in activities and acting in a way that reflects my beliefs. This is why I love the passage in James 2:20 wherein it states that "faith without works is dead". I can't just say I believe in something, I have to act on it. Much of the service I have done has been through church callings. Previously, I served as a counselor in my young women's group. I was in charge of assisting the president in her calling, such as planning and overseeing group activities, meetings, etc., as well as checking up on and helping the other girls in our group. Currently, I am a primary teacher in charge of the seven and eight -year- olds. When I first started teaching the kids, I felt like I was trapped in a room with a bunch of monkeys. The kids never stopped fidgeting or asking questions. However,though at first overwhelming, this calling has proven to be the most worthwhile. I have come to love teaching the kids, and by teaching them about the gospel, I have come to learn more about it myself.