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Hi I'm Mariya

I love Eggo waffles more than the average human. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Las Vegas, Nevada and just recently within the last year moved up to Rexburg, Idaho to attend college at BYU-Idaho. I am an Art major with an emphasis in Illustration, and eventually plan on getting a minor in Graphic Design as well. I love painting, playing guitar, going adventuring, and pretty much anything as long as it's not sushi.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I "grew up in the church," I think that it took a long time for me to recognize exactly what it meant to be "a Mormon." I got into the routine of going to church only because I was "forced to" or it was just what we did on Sunday for no reason at all other than because we had to or were expected to. I don't think that I've ever really understood what it meant to be a Mormon until I got into my later years of high school, when it became more important for me to stand up for myself and my beliefs. And now, especially because I am attending an LDS school, I have realized that I am a Mormon because I am in love with how the gospel makes me feel. There is nothing that can compare to the love of Heavenly Father and Christ, and knowing that they will never leave my side. I am a Mormon because it makes me and my family happy. I am a Mormon because I know that it is through this faith that I will be able to live the happiest and most fulfilling life possible for me.

How I live my faith

In my student ward at BYUI, I just received my first major calling as a sunday school teacher. I've never had that kind of responsibility before, but it's nice to be able to get up in front of a room of people who share your beliefs and just talk about all the things I love about the Gospel. I love it. I've tried to get better at sharing my testimony, even if it's just through the small things or through serving others. I believe that the best way to build a testimony is just constantly acknowledging the blessings we have in our every day life, especially the "small things." I think that it's important to show my testimony by being a good example to others and living to a standard that I know my Heavenly Father would be proud of.