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Hi I'm Athina

I live in the United States and am going to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day saints this fall!

About Me

I just graduated from High School! I love to learn and grow in any way possible. I play the piano, violin, and dance. I am going to serve a mission for 18 months and after that I will return and go to college to be a Biology teacher. I am so excited for what my life has in store for me.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon brings me so much peace. In a world full of health problems, natural disasters and so many other things that we can not control it can be pretty easy to lose hope. It can even be easy to wonder if there is a God and if so why is this happening. Being a Mormon has shown me that we don't have to only be happy when everything in the world is going as it should, but that even through our greatest struggles and difficulties we can still find peace. That peace of knowing that we having a Loving God always looking out for us. That peace of knowing that we have a loving older brother named Jesus Christ who understands every pain and frustration that we will ever endure. I rely on my faith to keep me always at peace even when my health fails me or other calamities arise. I know that in the end everything will be okay. I would not have such a strong conviction of that were it not for my faith.

How I live my faith

I love that as a Mormon we are taught to serve others. Whether it be in our community, abroad, at church, or even in our own homes, we are taught to think of others and to always do to others what we would want done unto us. This helps me as a teenager growing up in a world where we are taught to always put ourselves first, to think of others and to have compassion. I have served with the other youth in my church to strengthen other youth or people in our community in general. In high school I was apart of organizations based on service like the National Honors Society, and I feel that my strong conviction of service because of my religion made the community service we did as an organization so much more meaningful to me. I am always reminded that as we lose ourselves in service that is when we truly find ourselves.

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

I love what we are taught as Mormon members about men and women in our church. We are taught that men and women are complimentary to each other. I have seen some of the most admirable, strong, loving, and selfless women in my church and I have noticed that in most cases it is because they have an equally strong and kind supportive husband. As both the wife and husband equally support each other both are able to find confidence and happiness in their roles in their home but also in society. There is no cookie cutter perfect mother in our church. Some choose to stay home with their children, others like my own mother worked even when I was a baby, in some homes the mother works and the father stays at home with their children. We do our best to realize that decisions such as these are not one-size fits all and that it is a decision made between the family and the Lord. One will find all sorts of different families and also all sorts of different women in our church and we try to embrace all of these differences because we realize it is what makes us a well rounded community. Show more Show less