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Hi I'm Sheia Smith

I was born in Japan but grew up in Utah and Idaho. I like to paint, hike, and play the piano. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just finished my first year of college and I'm getting ready to serve a mission in Japan! I'm the second oldest of four girls and I have an older sister who will return from her mission (also in Japan) just a month after I leave. I like painting, reading, and hiking. I like being outside, and just being with people I care about, even if we aren't doing anything in particular.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, so when I was younger I attended church because my family was going and I didn't know anything else. I remember one Girls' Camp, when everyone was sharing at testimony meeting their "Sacred Grove" experience, which was the one, powerful moment when they knew without a doubt that the church was true, or that they had received an answer from God. I was a little frustrated that I'd never had one of these experiences, and it scared me that I couldn't really answer how I knew the things of this church were true. Towards the end of high school I had some difficult challenges and stopped going to church and doing the things that I know I should. I felt like I knew in my head that it was true, but I didn't really know it with my heart. I was tired of trying and was growing impatient with my Heavenly Father through my trials. During this time I found it hard to feel the Spirit, and I felt empty. I learned what a difference having the gospel in my life and not having it makes. I slowly started coming back to church and reading my scriptures. I know that this gospel is true, not because of one big event that told me it was, but because of the little moments when I felt the Spirit and was able to recognize God's hand in my life.

How I live my faith

My faith and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints influences almost every aspect of my life. I live my faith through the decisions I make, whether it's something small, like what I choose to say or wear, or a bigger decision like serving a mission. Although I'm far from perfect, I look to Christ in all that I do and try to be a little better each day. In the past, I never made my callings in the church a priority. It was more of something I would think about and work on if it was convenient or if I felt like I had time. Over the past few months I had a calling that I felt a little inadequate for, but as I was willing to put in the time and effort to serve the people in my ward, I was able to see the importance of each calling and the impact that can be made through fulfilling our callings. I learned a lot from the people I worked with about being selfless and having Christlike charity.