My name is Richa, and I was born in Calcutta, India.
When I was 9 months old, I was adopted and moved to the United States. The rest of my siblings were all adopted, too [two are from Korea, two from the Phillipines, and two from Pennsylvania (USA)]. I think that it is the coolest thing!
I have been a member of the Mormon Church my entire life. Currently, I am in school majoring in Elementary Education and Music. My goal is to become a teacher and be an influence to children. At church, I have two callings right now: the Young Single Adult Representative [helping with spiritual and social gatherings for young single adults ages 18-20] and a Relief Society Enrichment board member.
I love to read and watch movies; if I am not doing one, I am doing the other. My talents include violin, piano, writing, and cooking.
I love being a Mormon Woman because even though the world can be a bad place sometimes and bad things happen, I am comforted by the thought that God is up there watching over me and that He is on my side.
For example, there was a time, about two-and-a-half years ago, when a special someone in my life decided to call it quits with our relationship. I was devastated, but with the support of my family and the love of God, I realized that just because bad things happen –even though I may be doing everything in my life right– it doesn’t mean that God hates me. He loves me and wants me to learn from the experiences I have. I knew that everything would be okay and that God did really love me and wanted to protect me from something that may have been ten times worse in the future.
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i really love these “portraits.” it really does work towards shattering the misconceptions that many have about who we are and what we do.
thanks for sharing, richa! your family sounds like such a fun mix of backgrounds!
I agree with makakona. Wonderful story. And a great testimony of the love of the Lord. Thanks!
Thank you for sharing your story with us Richa.
When I am down in the dumps it often soothes me to pray to feel God’s love for me. It has never failed to amaze me that when I open my heart to him I am blessed to feel that love. Thank you for reminding me of it again. Your family sounds great.