Hi I'm April
I am a strong woman with a wonderful little family. I played soccer in college, married my best friend right before I graduated, and then we both enlisted in the Army National Guard. The next few years were busy with graduate school, my husband's schooling, and the blessing of a little girl joining our family. After graduate school I commissioned as an officer in the Army Reserve and my husband commissioned as an officer in the Army. We've been busy ever since!
Why I am a Mormon
Although I "grew up in the church" and always had a testimony that this church was Christ's church, it wasn't until college that I really understood what a relationship with God meant. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ (separate beings) love us individually and care about our lives because they want us to progress and return to them. Knowing that God is rooting for me to do well, and has provided the atonement, prophets, and the Holy Ghost to help me sort through the confusion in life is a great comfort to me. I am a Mormon because following the Gospel has brought me happiness and inner peace.
Why/How do you share the gospel with your friends?
The Gospel has brought me peace and comfort and if my friends are curious about the way I live and what I believe, I'm happy to answer their questions and share what has made me happy.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I feel that Christ's example of loving the sinner, but not the sin, has made a big impact on my life. I fully believe that God sent us here so we could exercise our agency and choose our path. He knew that some of us would make choices that would lead us away from Him. But with the example of the woman caught in adultery, Christ cared about the woman and saw in her that she could repent from the sin, wouldn't condemn her, and told her to "go, and sin no more" (John 8:11). There are so many examples of people who got in to trouble or people that are truly good people, but are doing things that are contrary to God's law. We have been told not to judge, shun, or turn these people out, but rather to love our neighbor. I often feel that I could miss out on a good conversation, or even a worthwhile friendship if I get caught up in judging others because they are different than me. So as Christ holds that same branch out to me to be better and follow His teachings, I should follow his example and extend that respect and caring to those around me.
How I live my faith
I live my faith by carrying my values with me wherever I go. Whether teaching youth in church, helping with a service project, or training to give aid to those in need, I have the confidence that who I am and what I believe will influence the situation for good.