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Hi I'm Briah

I live in Utah. I'm a soon-to-be missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some things that I really enjoy doing are reading books and playing sports. I grew up playing basketball and soccer, and I ran Track in High School. For the past year I have been going to college, where I paid for everything and hardly ever saw my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I have such a strong testimony of His church, because throughout my entire life I have felt my Saviors love for me. I was born into the church, but because my family wasn't very active I did not know a lot about it. I do know however, that I had a Father in Heaven who loved and cared for me. Around the ages of 12 to 15 I struggled with a lot of things; I didn't feel as if my family on Earth cared for me, and I let my feelings take over. I was depressed for years, and because of that I made some not very good decisions. But from that experience, I know that no matter what I do, my Heavenly Father is always there and he cared for me when I thought no one else did. He never gave up on me, and because of that I am still here today. I know that this church is true, I know that I am loved and that if I do what is right I can go back to my Father in Heaven where I will the happiest I have ever been. When I am living my life in a way that brings happiness to others as well as myself, I know I am living how I should. Following the gospel and the covenants given to us makes me the best person I can be, and going to church completes my life. I know this is where I am supposed to be, and I know I am loved- in Heaven, and on Earth.

How I live my faith

Growing up, my family wasn't strong in the church so we hardly ever attended church on Sundays. When I turned fourteen I started going with my best friend to activities held for girls my age every Wednesday evening, where I not only felt accepted and loved but where I had fun. For the next four years I occasionally went to church, and I got called to serve as a counselor for my age group where I mostly helped plan events. I wasn't very invested in it, but that all changed when I moved out on my own to go to college. Around that time was when I started getting the idea that I really wanted to serve a mission, so I made the decision to start going to church every Sunday. My bishop in my new ward immediately sought me out and made a point of getting to know me, and from then one he became someone I could rely on and he helped me through the whole process of finding our for myself if what I was taught growing up was true. I was called to be visiting teacher, as well as being the coordinator and leader of the visiting teaching in my area. My ward created little "Families" inside our group, people that lived around each other and that could rely on each other or help each other out. I was assigned to get my family together every Sunday to say a prayer together and to check up on everybody and see how they were doing. This helped me out so much, because it gave me the opportunity to be around people my age who were strong in their faith, some of whom were also getting ready to serve missions.