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Hi I'm Maria

I'm serving a mission for 18 months in Arizona. I want to go to college so I can help in special education programs. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Minnesota where I was one of the only members of the church in my school. I have three sisters and one brother. My family likes to go for hikes, bike rides, and watching movies. I attended church in the city hall and an elementary school before a meetinghouse was provided for my small branch. I tried playing tennis and running track and field, but I preferred playing the piano, saxophone, and just being with friends. When I started 11th grade, we moved to a tiny town in Idaho, and I love it. I ride horses and four wheelers and I love the mountains. The people of Idaho are fantastic as well. After I serve a mission in Arizona, I'm going to attend college at BYUI.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS church. All of my relatives are members as well. I have always loved this church because of the feelings of peace and clarity I receive when I am living it. I grew up surrounded by people who didn't share my faith and who even questioned why I lived the way I did. But I saw it as my responsibility to be the best example that I could be for my peers, because for a lot of them, I was the only way they were exposed to the LDS religion. People recognized that I was different, and they respected me for it. And I got to share parts of my testimony with them when they would ask me questions. Sharing my testimony helped me to recognize just how much it meant to me. I know that Christ lives and that He has made it possible for me to be made clean again through His atonement. He hasn't left us on our own, but He has restored His church again to the earth, and I am so thankful for that.

How I live my faith

I participated in all four years of seminary, and the first two years of that were early-morning, instead of taking time out of my school day. I've been the president of my seminary class, which gave me the opportunity to share my testimony with my peers on a regular basis. I also was a leader in my youth group and played a roll in organizing activities and looking out for the other girls my age. I am currently a sunday school teacher. I get to teach the five-year-olds every week and it is the best thing ever. And I have been called to serve a full-time mission in Arizona where I will get to share Christ's message with people and hopefully help them to develop testimonies of their own.