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Hi I'm Maria

I'm a lover of rocky road ice cream, an outdoorsy kind of girl, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Idaho Falls with wonderful parents and two little brothers that I adore. As a family, we love to spend our time camping, hiking, fishing, shooting, and any other activities involving the mountains. I have just finished my first semester at BYU, majoring in art education. Currently, I am back at home preparing for my mission while I await my leave date. I have been called to serve in the Massachusetts Boston Mission, and cannot be more excited to serve my God and His children.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was six years old, my little sister passed away. Although I was very young, I was old enough to understand death and feel its heartbreaking sting. At this time, I questioned the reality of God and what would happen to my sister. Through heartfelt prayer and loving parents who taught me the doctrines and principles in the bible and Book of Mormon, I received an undeniable confirmation of God's existence and His love for me. From that moment on, I knew that God was my eternal, loving father. His gospel gave me feelings of hope, faith, and love. I feel His guidance and love for me each day through the Holy Spirit. I know He lives and His son, Jesus Christ, saved us all. I am a Mormon because I know, beyond the shadow of any doubt, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is true. Through seeking out the truth and sincerely asking God, I received an answer that I can never turn my back on.

How I live my faith

This last semester I attended a Young Single Adult's ward. These wards are set up for young Mormon adults to worship with members that are close to their own age. They are very common near colleges. In this ward, I was on the activities committee. We planned fun and wholesome activities to bring the ward members together by building friendships and a sense of belonging in the church. We also would seek out members that did not attend often and try to befriend and invite them, so they would feel included. The best way I have participated in my ward is through service.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Maria
Mormon women are just like all women-- all women are daughters of God. Mormon women believe in their divine identities and strive to be true to themselves. We dress modestly, speak kindly and refrain from foul language. We work diligently, serve others, and try to be the best we can. Essentially, we strive to live like Christ. Mormons most definitely believe in the equality between men and women. Confusion may come from the idea of "gender roles." In The Family: A Proclamation to the World," we are taught that "By divine design, fathers are to watch over and teach their families in love and righteousness. They are to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers should help one another as equal partners." Note the word primarily. No where are we told that women are solely responsible for the raising of children. As Mormons, we do not believe that the women belong in the kitchen, stuck in the home. We believe that raising strong and righteous children is essential to God's plan, and a mother has special divine qualities that help her to raise her children best. A man and women must work together as equal partners to raise their family, according to the unique situation and needs of their family. Men and women have different responsibilities, but the same amount of authority. In the family, and life in general, men and women are equal. Show more Show less