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Hi I'm Marites

I am from Carlsbad, California. I have a passion for art and animals, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Provo, Utah and moved to Carlsbad when I was in high school. My joy lies in art, music, and animals. As a child, I wanted to be a vet, but I found out how much school that was expected to complete, so I decided to pursue a career in illustration and animation (ironically, something that requires just as much work to achieve). Though I've only just begun my journey in this major, I'm learning to love every aspect of it. Even the countless sleepless nights.

Why I am a Mormon

This gospel really means a lot to me. Not only does the spirit of this gospel help give me strength, but it has helped me gain a stronger relationship with my friends and family. Even though I may struggle at times with my belief, there is no denying the power of the spirit that enters me every time I make an effort to listen to the teachers at church and every time I read the scriptures with an open heart. I continue in this gospel because I have so much to be grateful for in this life. The spirit of this church has encouraged me to become a better person each day. It has helped me find peace and happiness, even during the time of my parents divorce, when I did not think I could be happy again. I testify that the spirit is true. Our Heavenly Father will always be there to help out his children in times of need, whether it be in spirit, or through another person in our lives. He loves us. No matter what mistakes we have made or what we have been through. He will be there. He always has, and he always will.

How I live my faith

Growing up, I didn't consider myself very strong in the faith other than attending church meetings and activities because it was expected of me. But as I've grown older, I've come to realize the immense worth this gospel has played in my life. After moving back to Utah to attend college where tuition was cheaper, I looked into attending a young single adult ward where I could meet many other members my age. At the time, I was going to school full-time and working. So when I entered this new ward, I felt very unprepared when they called me to be the Ward Family Home Evening Co-chair. For those who are unfamiliar with what this is, I, along with my other co-chair, was in charge of planning a group activity for the thirty to forty people in the ward that would act as a fun way for people to meet and get to know each other. Now, when you're going to school and working at the same time, planning an activity for such a large amount of people every week was a very daunting task to say the least. Especially considering I was just pushed into it with no previous help or training. But over the five months I was in charge, I learned so much about putting my trust, not only in the committee I was given, but also in the Lord that he would help me out every week. Every time I prayed that I would be able to pull together an activity and still study for my mid-terms, I was able to somehow find more than enough time for both. Another thing I learned, is that when you place the Lord first, there will always be a way for you to complete any other tasks you may have to do throughout the day. So don't be stressed out if there is a lot on your plate. With the Lord's help, all things are possible.