Who am I?

As a young person, I have asked myself this question many times.

It's hard not to be influenced by everything and everyone around you. Every magazine has a beautiful model on the cover. There are advertisements, television, school ... so many things! But I have learned that one thing will never change as far as my identity is concerned—I am the daughter of God.

A couple of Septembers ago, I started my second year at my school. I go to a small all-girls school. I had four very close friends from the year before. When the year began, I stuck with them instead of meeting the new students and trying to make friends with them. These friends and I were close, very close. We went everywhere together; we didn't speak to anyone else. Essentially, I had become part of a clique. Being part of a group like this gave me a great sense of security. I felt that I never was going to be alone or left out. I didn't have to speak to people in my same grade who intimidated me.

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The media and "the advancing spiritual era"
July 14, 1997

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