Hi I'm Andrea
I am a homemaker, part-time accountant, and a full-time wife and mother of three children. I enjoy baking, children's literature, hiking in the mountains, playing the piano, and going on dates with my husband. Autism in children is fascinating to me, and I would like to add classes to my teaching degree to increase my understanding of that.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised as a member of the church, and have chosen to remain active for many reasons. I know the Book of Mormon is a true book of scripture. I love having a living prophet who can guide our family in uncertain times. The church organization and teachings are standardized throughout the world, so no matter where we live, we have the same faith and a new group of friends. Most importantly, I want to be with my family forever and the gospel teaches us how that is possible.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
I love the stories of journeys in the scriptures and being led by God to a better place. The Bible talks about Noah, Abraham, and Moses who were all told to leave what they knew and take their families to new lands. They listened to God, had the faith to do it despite many challenges and persecutions, and were led where they should go. The Book of Mormon contains similar stories such as Lehi sailing with his family from Jerusalem to the Americas when a vision told him to do so, and Ether being led from the Tower of Babel to the Americas as well. Neither knew exactly how they would get there or all the reasons why they needed to, but they both trusted God and were blessed and protected. My family has moved many times, usually for jobs or to finish school. The most recent time, my husband and I felt strongly that we needed to move to be closer to our extended families. We experienced a series of miracles concerning my husband's employment, our house, and other things that let us know that we were being led to our new location and life. We have felt blessed by the Lord every time we act on a spiritual prompting, even when we don't know all the details of how things are going to work.
How I live my faith
Because we want to teach our children the values we have been raised with as members of the LDS church, my husband and I read scriptures and pray with them every day. We have a family night once a week where we take turns teaching each other from the scriptures, have activities or games, treats and prayer. This strengthens our relationships but also strengthens our children to make good choices at school and when they're away from home. We also attend Sunday worship services at our church and mid-week youth activities. I organize monthly events for the women in our church group, which teach everything from gardening to financial planning and are sometimes just dinner and visiting.