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I guess you could say I'm a typical female, Asian student. I get admirable grades, I take off my shoes at home and am a chopstick pro. However, if you asked some of my friends they would tell you I'm all but typical. I'm overly passionate about a service organization called Operation Smile. In the last two years I've devoted over 1,100 hours of service just to further the efforts. My work through this organization has given me so much love and perspective in life. Along with the gospel of Christ, I can truly say it has impacted me more than anything else. It has imbued within me a passion to serve, and let me know that I find the most joy in life while getting to help others. Currently a high school senior, just doing my best to do well in school. College is about me shortly, and I can't wait to meet those new challenges and experiences. I have a deadly fear of all things with feathers, Avid leader in all things, and a Food Network enthusiast. The first act to take advantage of my adulthood was create a profile on Mormon.org. High school senior, Humanitarian, aspiring journalist- Mormon.
I was baptized when I was 14 years old- a mere 8th grader in middle school. I am a Mormon because before I came to this earth I agreed with Heavenly Father I would do all I could to return back to him. I know that through His everlasting gospel of truth, I will be able to be exalted in eternal glory- it is the only way. I am a Mormon because nothing in this life brings me more happiness than the people, friends, opportunities, testimony and blessings I have experienced through the Church. I can honestly say that nothing brings me more joy or peace when I am down than the things I can find through this Church. The people who surround me are some of my biggest supporters, the Scriptures (which includes the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and Doctrine and Covenants, and many others) that bring me divine answers, knowledge that everything works out exactly as it should and that trials are blessings. I am so grateful that I have knowledge of eternal life and eternal marriage. Especially in my high school years, I have learned that it would have been almost impossible to get through life without the Church in my life. A trying and definitely challenging time it is. There are so many expectations and pressure from even your best friends to veer off the path of truth and righteousness. Even though I have made some very poor choices, I know that I can repent and find answers through Heavenly Father. He is not "out" to "get" me, rather, he gives me trials he knows I can and will overcome for my benefit. These are just a few of the reasons why I am a Mormon. Through the Holy Ghost it has been confirmed unto me that only through His plan can I truly reach my true and whole potential. I love the Gospel with my whole heart, and owe who I am and will become to it.
"Because I know he lives..." I was given this prompt in Seminary (a class I take outside of school on school days with students my age to learn, grow and teach). It was difficult to answer this question without negating it. I turned the question around and said "If I knew He did not live..." If I KNEW He did not live, and I KNEW the Gospel had not been restored to the earth-- if I knew those things with a firm testimony and with conviction, I know I would have very little to work towards. I know I would not be as strong as I am today. I know I would be lonely, and in times of utter despair I would feel debilitated, depressed, and hopeless. I know that I would not care to love and serve, and I know I would not be working towards better things in life. If I knew the Plan of Salvation was not real, I know I would be crushed at the prospect of not being with those I love in the next life. If I believed marriages and families could not be eternal, I would be saddened to the utmost degree. If I knew there was not anyone I could go to for help with every aspect of my life, If I knew that there was no one who knew my every worry and heard my every prayer-- My life would pointless. It would hurt. It would be idle. It would be shattered. Fortunately, I know with my heart, mind and strength that I have a gracious Father in heaven who wants me to return to him. I Know that I am a strong, chosen and elect daughter who has been blessed to come to this earth at this time for a unique and divine purpose. I know that my family can be together, for eternity and that we will live in happiness forever. I know that there is someone who loves me more than anyone could ever comprehend- and that that someone loves you and I just the same. I know that if I were the only person on this world, He would still live and die just for me. I know that everything happens for a reason, and that trials are perfectly tailored for us individually. I know that the best is yet to come, and that I can do all things through and of him. Not just some things, but ALL things. I know these things, because I know He lives.
Missionary work is one of the main ways that the Lord's children come unto him once more. We believe that we all knew and worshiped God in heaven. Missionaries are sent to missions around the world to help spread the Gospel and remind all his children of their covenants with Him. It is not required of all members to go on missions, however it is asked of all who are worthy to sacrifice two years in the service of their God. Many of my friends ask me why these young college-aged men (Elders) and women (sisters) don't prioritize education or work before their missions. To answer that questions, I would preface by saying that education is highly valued and stressed in the Church. In one of our sacred works it reads “Whatever principle of intelligence we attain unto in this life, it will rise with us in the resurrection. And if a person gains more knowledge and intelligence in this life through his diligence and obedience than another, he will have so much the advantage in the world to come." While this applies greatly to secular knowledge, we believe that gaining spiritual knowledge is just as, if not more, important. While giving up two years to serve a mission is a sacrifice as far as school, believe that the blessings and commandments of the Lord to preach his Gospel to all the ends of the earth is a definite priority. The blessings we gain from missionary service (teamwork, time management, drive, service) only helps to edify and support secular schooling. “Seek ye out of the best books words of wisdom; seek learning, even by study and also by faith” ( D&C 88:118 I hold missionaries in a special place within my heart because I have been a direct recipient of their work. I know the impact that these young sisters and elders make within the lives of so many and directly experienced the joy and change of course they bring into individuals, families and further posterity. I support missionaries by writing letters of encouragement, spreading the gospel online, and sharing referrals.
Currently, I serve in two callings for the Church. I am a part of our Stake Youth Council, which plans and executes events for all the youth of our stake. Secondly, I lead all of the young women in my home ward geographical grouping of members who attend Church in the same time block whose ages range from 12-18. I lead meetings, help plan fun and uplifting activities, and help these inspiring young women grow and develop what we call "Young Women Values" which include Faith, Knowledge, Good Works, Integrity and Virtue, among others. Both callings have deeply enriched and blessed my life. The time and effort I put in to each call has been outnumbered hundreds fold by what it has taught and imbued within me. I also live my faith by going to church, paying a 10 tithe, and serving as much as I can. I try to live what I know and what I have learned