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Hi I'm Mariah

I am an author, a sister, and a friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My biggest hobby is writing, which also happens to be my current career. I am currently attending college, but plan to serve a mission soon. I live at home with my parents and my siblings - my sister and my brother. I love them to death, though my brother and I don't get along well.

Why I am a Mormon

One reason I continue to believe and have faith is because of one experience I had while at girl's camp. The camp leaders had asked all the fathers to write their daughter or daughters at camp that year a letter. I assume they had to be emailed to the leaders or turned into the local leaders before camp. Midway through the week, we were given a lesson on family history, and the letters were handed out after the lesson. I was about to start high school, which is a pretty scary thing in and of itself, so to hold the letter from my father, telling me that he would always be there for me, made me feel so loved. Along with feeling loved by my earthly father, I felt incredibly loved by my Heavenly Father. It's been one of the strongest times I could feel His love, and has continued to be an experience I lean on when I feel down.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by being an example for the younger kids. I'm currently serving in our ward primary as the secretary. I take role, assign the little parts each Sunday, and when necessary, help children behave. It has been such a blessing to serve in primary.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

A ward, branch, and stake are all geographic sections of the church. A stake is simply a group of the smaller, more local sections. Generally, a stake is likened to a tent stake. The term comes from the Old Testament's analogy of the church to a tent. A ward is the official term for a local congregation. A branch is also a term for a local congregation. However, a branch is a very small local congregation. These are generally found in places where missionary efforts have only begun to take hold or members trickle in and out on a constant basis. A ward is a fuller, more established local congregation. If a ward gets too big, it can be split by the stake president (a member called from one of the wards to preside over the stake). Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, Mormons are not required to serve. Instead, the decision to serve is up to the individual. Each missionary pays for the mission in some form - whether by earning the money for it themselves, or through donations made by their family and local church members. Anyone who is willing and worthy can serve. Show more Show less