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Hi I'm Athena Gogna

I'm from California I graduated early from high school I study at BYU-I I have dual citizenship from the USA & Chile I'm a Mormon

About Me

I have had a unique and blessed life. I am in a family of six all together. There is my dad, mom, two brothers, and sister. The family I was raised in have always been really close. We talk about everything together. My parents did their best to teach the gospel in the home, make us feel safe, and make us happy. Everything that they have done was for our benefit. I grew up in a home where Spanish and English were both spoken. I was the kind of child (and I still am) who only liked to speak what I was comfortable in and that was English. My parents did their best to teach us Spanish, but I never found that easy. I can understand Spanish pretty well, but I am not fluent. I guess you can say the Lord knows us personally because I am now going to serve in Argentina in the SPANISH language. Being on the swim team used to be my hobby while growing up, but now I love to cook, sing, dance, play the piano, and watch a lot of movies. My favorite thing to do is to quote movies with my siblings. I'm really good at that. I love my family and friends. I love to socialize, but I can be lazy sometimes and watch TV on my bed for hours. I am the worst procrastinator but I also love to be on top of things. I like to get things done. There is so much about me, but I do want you to know that I do love my Savior. I know he lives and I have felt his love for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church, but I believe that I always knew The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I am also a Mormon because the way the church wants the members to follow the gospel is how I want to live. Members of the church don't drink alcohol, have sex before marriage, have tattoos, and have any piercings besides the ear lobes. We dress modestly and try to keep our minds clean with good books, movies, and music. These standards may seem like harsh rules, but they are not. They are simply guidelines to live by. We all have been given agency to choose what we want to do in this life. I would say that I have slowly converted into this church. It has taken me a very long time to see the gospel's truth in my life. I have had many different experiences in my life that has testified to me that there is a God in heaven, that there is a Christ who sacrificed his life for me, and that there is a Holy Ghost beside me. I can vividly remember each of the experiences that have happened to me that gives me faith that this gospel is true. I can never deny these moments in my life. It is so easy to doubt and I do it all of the time, but I know that if I hold on to any piece of faith that I have, it will overpower my doubt. I choose to follow this gospel because I still don't understand why I was so lucky to have this true church in my life at such a young age, but it makes me want to share it with everyone. There are so many people that don't have this gospel in their lives and it brings so much goodness in this life and after this life. I love this church and I will strive to live it everyday.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by participating in church services every Sunday. Once a month, I meet with assigned sisters (a sister is what we call the women in the church) and I visit them just to see how they are doing. I give them small messages relating to the church and I talk to them about their lives. Visiting with these women is so wonderful and it's always great to know someone is being loved. In the past, I have been a teacher for three year old children, a Youth Camp Leader at the annual Girls Camp by the Mormon Church, and a president for the twelve and thirteen year old girls. When I am asked, I give talks during the church service. I also pay ten percent of the money I earn to help the church progress. All of the things we as members do for the church is done by service. We donate our time to participate in the church. I believe I receive blessings when I do what the Lord asks of me.