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Hi I'm Yvonne

I'm a student at BYU (studying math). I have been called to serve a mission in Baltimore Maryland speaking Spanish. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a woman interested in Math and Science, and I like to think I'm pretty good at the two. I'm a sophomore majoring in Mathematics at Brigham Young University. I started a science camp to get young girls in my area interested in math and science. I am a strong advocate for stopping girls from limiting themselves and their horizons. I don't think girls in America are being kept from STEM topics because of some sexist patriarchy, but rather that they, while they're being raised, don't have enough role models and limit themselves with their own mindset. I try to do what I can to counteract that. I also play the flute, I have been playing for the past ten years now, but I know I still have a lot to learn. I find a lot of escape through the music that I create. I conquered anorexia. It got so bad that I was eating nothing on a daily basis, and slowly wasting away, but now I stand as living proof that eating disorders can be beaten. While I was at BYU, I fell in love with a man and he and I started dating, but that courtship came to an unfortunately abrupt end when he made the decision to serve a mission for the LDS church. He is now serving in Frankfurt, Germany, and while I miss him dearly, I'm so proud of his decision. I have also made the decision to serve a mission (not just because my boyfriend did, I made that decision long before I met him), and recently received my call to serve in Baltimore Maryland Spanish Speaking. I leave October 12, 2016 and will serve for 18 months.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into this church. My family are members for generations back, all the way to the restoration of this gospel. This church means everything to me. I know I'm not perfect, and I know that with an eternal perspective (or even just a scientific perspective, I'm not particularly picky here), my life is insignificant, minuscule, and fragile. But because of this gospel, none of that has to be the case. I know that I can be forgiven of my sins and one day be made perfect through Jesus Christ's atonement. I know that I am a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father, our God, and his divine love for me makes me worth worlds. Through Christ's atonement, I know that I can live again, and so can all of my loved ones, and for that reason I rejoice, knowing death only has to be a temporary goodbye. I know that God is a God of miracles, and because of our divine worth, he watches out for us each and every day and we are blessed in ways we cannot comprehend. I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I do not worship him, but I am forever grateful to him for restoring this gospel and receiving necessary revelation for the whole church. I know that the priesthood power he once possessed now resides in President Thomas S. Monson. He is the only living prophet of God on the earth today, and while many people on the earth don't approve of his revelations (that they consider only to be his personal decisions), I trust him to never lead this church astray.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher. I have served as a visiting teacher (meaning I and another woman have other women we are assigned to visit monthly, ensuring all her needs are taken care of, and she has someone to talk to) as well as a Sunday School Teacher. But, more important than that, I am a self-appointed one-on-one teacher. I make it a point to always be open and available for anyone who has any questions about the gospel. I may not be the best gospel scholar, I'm probably not even a gospel scholar at all, but that's not the kind of question I normally find myself being posed with. More often, I find people who are questioning "Why did God let this happen to me?" "What do I do to stop feeling like I'm just treading water" or "Does Heavenly Father even love me?" I want people to come to me with those questions, because I too have struggled with those questions, and I know how much it can hurt to wrestle with those questions, and start to wonder if there's even an answer at all. I don't want anyone to hurt, when I have an answer I can give them.