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Hi I'm Elianna

I grew up in San Antonio, Texas. I am a researcher and a scientist. I am a current missionary. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a student studying Biodiversity and Conservation. My job as a university researcher lets me travel to different deserts and forests almost every week and I'm constantly traveling which is so much fun! I recently just got back from a month long trip to Africa in order to learn more about biodiversity. I love my major and my job! I love studying eastern religions such as Hinduism, Daoism, Zoroastrianism, etc. I learn all that I can and I treasure any knowledge I can gain. I am also fluent in sign language and I love the chance to speak to other signers and learn about the deaf culture. I am a proud dog and cat mom and I LOVE animals so much. That's a huge part of why I chose my field in conservation biology, to protect the Earth and amazing creatures that God has given us.

Why I am a Mormon

Following the Latter Day Saint church has brought me closer to God than I could have ever done on my own. The guidelines, while somewhat challenging at times, keep me safe and in a place where I can feel God's presence in my life. I am happiest when I live the way the prophets have counseled. Many trials have taught me the lesson that God will never turn away from you, you just have to try harder to feel his love in your life. It is always there. I've overcome many struggles with anxiety, depression, learning disabilities, and other similar challenges due to a severe head injury I had at college. Even though it's been hard to endure and trust God, I know that he has an amazing plan in store for me and my life has a purpose. No mistake is too great that he would turn from you. He has the entire roadmap in mind, and no wrong turn can stray you from the path he has set, if you're living righteously and trying your best. This is why I love the mormon church. It is a gospel centered around compassion, mercy, and unlimited chances. This religion outlines the way that I feel closest to God and his Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am putting a hold on my education and my career to serve the Lord as a full time missionary in the Bentonville, Arkansas mission. I will say goodbye to my friends, family, pets, and school for 18 months in order to teach others of Christ's love and his grace. Many people would argue that my field of science would discourage belief in God. However, as I study the way that God created our Earth and the processes by which he works, I feel closer to him. I understand him more and I can feel him guiding me to find truth. Through out human and environmental history, God's hand is so clearly guiding biological evolution and every biological process around us. Studying science has strengthened my testimony so much and has has brought me closer to God as I learn to care for what he has given me and the processes by which he gives us life.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

"The Heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork" (Psalms 19:1). The way everything works together in our world is just a little too perfect. Our Earth just happens to be tilted ~23.5 degrees which creates stable seasons for life, it is the perfect distance away from the Sun to support life, and there is pure liquid water all around us. That, to me, is just not a coincidence. All things denote there is a God. Think of cellular respiration, or photosynthesis. Those processes of life don't just pop out of nowhere. They take careful planning and evolution guided by an amazing all knowing being. He has our every need in mind and works by many scientific processes to sustain our bodies. Show more Show less