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Hi I'm Cora

I'm a college student at Brigham Young University. I'm a convert to the Church. And I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I created this profile when I was 18, and now two years later I'm editing it. I love how much I have changed and how much the gospel of Jesus Christ has prompted, guided, and aided that change. I'm a college student attending Brigham Young University Idaho. It has been one of the best decisions of my life to come here, besides the decision to be baptised and to go on a mission. Being at this school has surrounded me with the Spirit and taught me so much about Christ and His church. I've developed real love for Him and for the people around me. I still love theatre, and I've chosen to pursue a career in it. I'd love to be a designer, an anything designer, costume, set, lights, anything. I love to read and watch movies. I love my classes, my professors, and my friends, not necessarily in that order. I love Chinese and Mexican food. Speaking of Mexico, just over a year ago I went to Mexico for four months to teach English. It was a lovely and life-altering experience. I miss Mexico and the people there so much. I wished for Mexico before getting my mission call and I have been blessed to go to South America in the Brazil Manaus Mission, which was definitely not a disappointment. I have three younger brothers who mean the world to me and a family I miss very much when I'm here in freezing Rexburg and I know I will miss just as much when I'm in sticky, humid Manaus. And best of all, I'm a Mormon. That label has shaped my life and made me happier than I ever could have been.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was baptised at age eleven, I wasn't sure at all if this was the true Church. I wasn't sure why I was getting baptised and what it would mean in my life and for my eternal progression. I think I got baptised to please my mom. BUT now I know for a surety that this Church is true. I know it is the Church of Jesus Christ, the one true Church of Christ on the Earth. I know it has the restored priesthood that Christ and His apostles had on the Earth over 2000 years ago. I know that the Atonement is real and all-powerful. I know the Savior died for me and for everyone. He made everything possible and I love Him so dearly. I love my Heavenly Father, and when I pray to Him, I know He hears me and answers my prayers. I've come to know these things through trusting in the gospel of Christ that is taught at the Mormon church. I've also studied the scriptures and prayed for myself. I've had experiences here that constantly confirm my faith and strengthen my testimony. I know that getting baptised was the greatest decision I have ever made, even if I didn't know it at the time. His commandments constantly make me happy, especially if they require sacrifice. I love myself because my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and make me a better person. My favorite scripture comes from John Chapter 14, verse 27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." It is the strangest and most wonderful process of becoming more Christlike. It consumes you and often times contradicts everything the world is screaming at you, but I know it will bring you a happiness like no other, like nothing the world could ever provide.

How I live my faith

I love going to church each Sunday. I feel at home and finally at peace after a long, tumultuous week. Going there and partaking of the sacrament each week really helps me live my faith everyday. I chose to dress modestly, follow the Word of Wisdom (no coffee, tea, alcohol, or drugs and eating healthy foods, exercising regularly, and getting enough sleep), pray to my Father in Heaven and read my Scriptures everyday. I'm working on developing Christlike attributes and living worthy of having the Holy Ghost in my life to guide and protect me. I pray for charity and look for ways to serve others. I also have a calling in my ward. I'm the Relief Society Secretary. I take attendance for Sunday meetings with the Relief Society, so I know everyone's name and that is a great blessing, and I work with my Relief Society President and her counselors to serve the women in my ward. I love them and I love finding ways to lift them and help them love the gospel and BYU Idaho. And as a women in Relief Society, I visit teach two women with a companion to administer and bring a message. In addition, I attend the temple and I am working towards receiving the endowments given in the temple, which will give me instruction and blessings and allow me to covenant with my Heavenly Father.