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Hi I'm Ariel

I was born and raised in Texas. I am the daughter of two police officers and the oldest of four girls. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am going to college to become a teacher. I love outdoor activities, big dogs, and reading. I became a Girl Scout in the 4th grade and hope to have my own troop some day. I am a Harry Potter fan. My sisters and I like to dress up sometimes and go out to regular places just to see what happens. I performed a lot in High School, so I don't often suffer from nerves. The first time I saw real snow was my freshman year of college. That was also the year I tried to learn how to snowboard. It's harder than it looks. I am a morning person, and I blame that on seminary. The most exciting place that I have been is Greece, followed by Florida. One thing I would like to do in the next ten years is go skydiving. I am a very competitive person, but I am also that person who will let a kid beat me at anything just so that I can see them smile. I really enjoy horseback riding. One of my pet peeves is people wearing white socks around the house. I'm really terrible at math and technology. I have a TARDIS in my backyard that my dad built from scratch. My favorite game is Tackle Capture the Flag. On an ideal day I will wake up at five, go walking for two hours, and my biggest meal would be breakfast. I will go outside to watch a tornado in the distance, but I don't want to be on an island for an extended amount of time because I'm scared of hurricanes. My favorite color is light blue, and my second favorite color is cinnamon. I love my family very much.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a member of this church? I was raised in this church, so some people wonder if I stay just because its what I was raised to believe. I came to know different things for sure at different times in my life. When I was a freshman in high school I went to a youth trip. While I was there, we all shared some of our beliefs. Something came into my mind that day and I felt the truth of it in my heart. The thought was that God loves me. It was something that I had always been taught, but that knowledge hit me so hard just then that I knew that I could never deny it. As the years go by, I come to know more things. I now know that this is the true church. I know that the Book of Mormon is true scripture. I know that this church was restored through a young man who had complete faith in his Father in Heaven. I know that there are still prophets on the Earth today. I know these things with my heart and with my mind. That day when I realized God loves me, along with all the implications that come with that knowledge, laid the foundation for me to know, without a shadow of a doubt, that what is taught in this church is the truth. God loves me, He loves every one of His children so much that He constantly keeps watch over us and blesses us. He loves us, so of course He would give us scriptures (the Bible and the Book of Mormon) to help us know what the right things are. He loves us, so of course He would give us the correct teachings so that we can fulfill our potential. God love us, so of course He would give us prophets so that we wouldn't loose communication with Him. He loves us, so of course He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to provide a way for us to make it back home, to Him. He loves us so much that He sees us for all that we can become, and not for the mistakes we have made. He commands us to be like His Son, perfect. But He never meant for any one of us to walk this path alone. He loves us, loves me, and that is why I follow Him.

How I live my faith

I have had many responsibilities in my church. When I was in high school I often was the one planning activities, assigning people to bring food, making sure the youth knew about upcoming dances, and reaching out to other kids who didn't feel like they would fit in. At other times I was the one who kept track of everything that went on in meetings. There were also several weeks that it was my turn to teach a lesson in one of the classes. I always tried to make them fun and have brownies or something for everyone after. No matter what job I was doing at the time, my ultimate goal was to make people smile. In college I was a visiting teacher. Basically, I would visit other women from church and talk to them, usually bring them snacks, teach a little lesson about Faith, God's love, or something like that, and make sure they knew that they were cared about. My goal was to leave them with a smile and the knowledge that they were not alone and could reach out. I come home from college for summer and I often helped my mom out in the nursery on Sundays. I love being around the little kids. I think the hardest part of this is seeing some of them cry when their parents go to other church classes. But they always cheer up when they hear us start singing one of their favorite songs or tell them that snacks are coming soon. I relate to that. :) There are times when I do not have an official responsibility extended to me. But to me, its important to never forget that I don't need an excuse to help others. God loves us all and wants us to show that love to others.