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Hi I'm Arwen

I grew up in an orphanage in China. My feet are paralyzed, but I walk with orthotics. I swim. I want to be a doctor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the oldest of three. I have a brother and sister. I love to hang out with them, especially my sister. I am good at drawing and like to doodle. I love to swim. I was on my high school swim team. I am born with spina bifida so my feet are paralyzed. I wear leg braces and use a walker to walk, but I use a wheelchair for long distances. I am faster than most people in my wheelchair. I especially love going down big hills in my wheelchair. I like challenging myself. I have climbed the Y Mountain and other mountains. I don't let my health problems stop me from doing what I love and what I want to do. I like to cook. I am creative. I love having long and strong arms. I am very flexible. I like technology. I will go to college and then head to medical school to be a doctor. I like to sing, but not solo. I am told that I'm sassy and brutally honest. I always say I do it out of love and only to those who are very close to me. I like that I was born in China and spent most of my childhood in an orphanage. I have many memories from there. I'm glad and thankful that I was adopted. I love my adopted family and am happy to have all the opportunity that I gained from the adoption. I love my birth parents for leaving me in a great orphanage and giving me the opportunity for a better future.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was younger, I lived in an orphanage in China. Any exposure I had to religion came from either the television or visitors, but wasn't meaningful. When I was adopted by the family I am with now, I moved to the United States of America and started to learn the gospel of Jesus Christ as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found this gospel made sense and gave me hope, peace, and a sense of purpose. At the orphanage, the days blurred together. It was an exciting day if you got to eat your favorite meal, or if a dog got in and an adult chased it out. With the gospel I learned to look at life with a different perspective. An eternal one. I have spina bifida and have to wear leg braces to walk; however, some days it is tough and I just wish to have a body that works. With the gospel, I am given hope that someday I can have a perfect body that will allow me to walk, run, and dance. I cannot imagine being in this body without the gospel. I love the concept of eternal families that is taught in the Church. I want to see my birth parents someday, but know that finding my birth parents in China would be almost impossible. With the gospel, however, I am at peace knowing I will be able to meet them. If not in this life, the next. The gospel allows people to look forward to a life after death. An afterlife with your family. This also allows me to be glad that my birth parents left me at the orphanage, which then allowed me to learn this great and true gospel. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for our sins and died for us. I know that the prophet is called of God. I am glad and thankful to belong to Jesus Christ's church.

How I live my faith

When I was in high school I served on a community education advisory council, which allowed me to meet many leaders of my community. During my years in the Church's youth program, I felt honored to be called as a helper and support leader for my peers. I learned to be a better listener and supporter for those who needed it. I also served as a youth leader at girls' camp for two summers. Sometimes I help my mother with her Sunday School class of three- and four-year-old kids. I love helping out and seeing the kids learn the gospel that I so love.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

All people are born with a spirit, your conscience. After you die, your spirit leaves your body and you no longer feel the pains of your body. The spirit then goes to a place to learn and grow. There you will see and meet many people, including loves one that passed on before you. We will still be us. You will be you. Our personality and the knowledge we gain here will be with us forever. After we die, we will gain even more knowledge. Later, our spirit and body will be joined together again. This time the body will be perfect and immortal. I am glad to know this life is not the end. For those who are dealt a hard hand, life can be hard. Those who, like me, are born with a disability will one day be free from the confinement of our body and will even get a perfect body. I am also thankful that I will someday see those I love again. I know that after they pass, they are still there helping and rooting for us. I am also glad that all those orphans who, like me, do not know their birth parents will have a chance, if not in this life, in the next life. Show more Show less