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My family's motto is "Work hard, play hard, and be enthusiastic!" I was never anywhere near being the embodiment of that motto while growing up - but the more I strive to follow Jesus Christ as I experience life, the more enthusiastic I become. After high school, I began studying at BYU-Hawaii and have been enjoying rich educational, spiritual, social, and recreational experiences as a result. My desire to help others enjoy greater temporal and spiritual blessings motivated me to serve as a full-time Latter-Day Saint missionary for 18 months. I was blessed to serve in Brazil and still think about my sweet Brazilian friends every day. I look forward to visiting them in the future. Jogging, surfing, hiking, skating, and playing team sports are some of the activities that I delight in the most, although I can't claim to excel at any of them ;) I also love buying clothes at thrift stores, sewing, and learning synonyms for "happy" (so that I can always express how I feel in a new and meaningful way ;). I am currently finishing my undergraduate degree in Mathematics and taking prerequisite classes in preparation to become a Physician Assistant. I am passionate about helping people and feel especially motivated to help people be relieved of physical suffering. I perceive that there are an infinite number of opportunities to affect positive change. My goal is to study, work, and pray with all my strength and let the Lord use me as an instrument in His hands however He sees fit.
Like most people who grow up in a Mormon family, I chose to be baptized and confirmed a member of the Church when I was eight. Almost imperceptibly, my conversion to the gospel of Jesus Christ began long before that and continues to develop today. Various trials along with countless blessings have helped me deepen my relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. In my efforts to overcome an intense phobia, cope with the death of loved ones, make sense of confusing situations, be successful at school and at work, choose the best education and career paths for myself, forgive others, be forgiven, and help others, I have discovered that reverently conversing with Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ allows me to receive divine strength. As I pray, study the scriptures, and seek effective ways to help others, I feel more unified with Deity. When charity is the motive behind the things that I think and say and do, my capacity to help others increases and my attitude becomes irrepressibly optimistic. I know that compassion, selflessness, and optimism are fruits of the Spirit of God. The Spirit of God that helps me develop Christlike attributes also helps me to gain a knowledge of fundamental truths. It is through impressions from the Holy Ghost that I know that Jesus Christ is the Only Begotten Son of Heavenly Father and lived a perfect mortal life. I know that Jesus suffered incomprehensible pain to make an Atonement in behalf of every member of the human family. I know that Jesus Christ was resurrected and has a glorified immortal body like our Heavenly Father's. The church organized by Jesus during His mortal ministry was lost from the earth for a time. As man became ready to receive the fulness of the truth again, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to a good-hearted boy named Joseph Smith and restored The Church of Jesus Christ to the earth. The foundation and Head of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Jesus Christ Himself.
Studying the scriptures daily, praying often, and attending church weekly are some of the most essential things I do to follow the Savior. Being a sincere and reliable friend to everyone around me is also an important way that I strive to emulate Christ. At church, I am responsible for keeping track of who is in attendance at Sunday School so that everyone is remembered and taken care of. During the week, I also enjoy worshiping and serving at the temple. To me, being a disciple of Christ is a constant effort to think, speak, and act with humility, compassion, wisdom, and pure love.