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Hi I'm Piper

I'm a wife and stay-at-home mother, a retired Army Reserve Soldier, and a Democrat. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a large Mormon family in a small Wyoming town. I spent my childhood with Yellowstone National Park as my backyard, and feel most at home near mountains. I joined the Army Reserve in college for some extra school money and in return I received 20 years of amazing experiences and wonderful opportunities, including rubbing shoulders with great people who helped me uncover my inner Democrat. Joining the Army Reserve was the second best decision I have ever made. The best decision was marrying a very cute boy I met at college. We're still married 21 years later, and now enjoy three cute boys of our own. I love being a wife and mother. I love my husband. I loved growing up in a house that was rarely quiet. I loved serving my country. I love hanging out with my husband and boys. I love teaching my children. I love mountains. I love the temple. I love getting together with extended family. I love music. I love walking and talking with friends. I love voting. I love photography and quilting and chocolate. But what I love most is knowing I have a Savior and Redeemer in my Lord Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a Mormon, but like everyone else, I had to do my own soul-searching to really decide what I believed in, separate and apart from my parents. After some lukewarm years in my twenties, I found myself at a crossroads. I had to evaluate my life and whether I knew for myself what I had been taught growing up was true. So I did. I evaluated why I called myself a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I evaluated why I went to church. I evaluated whether I believed what I was reading in the Book of Mormon. I evaluated what was important to me, and what my faith had to do with it. I evaluated what I truly believed, regardless of what anyone else told me. I evaluated my faith, and whether my actions reflected it in a manner that I wanted. This long and sometimes difficult look in the mirror resulted in my realization that I do believe. I uncovered a tremendous testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appearing to Joseph Smith, and all the revealed truths that came from such a simple but earnest request of a boy to know for himself. I understood the joy I could experience as I held fast to the faith of my childhood, and determined to live it more fully. I know God lives. I know Christ is my Savior and that His atonement saves me every day. I know the gospel has been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith. I rejoice in the opportunities the Lord gives me through His church to be more like my Savior. And I cherish the hope this gospel gives me and my family.

How I live my faith

I have served in many different ways in the church, and currently I teach adults the doctrines of the gospel. And I love it. I love delving into scriptures and discussing ways to apply them to our lives. I love that there is a study group every Sunday where I can gather with friends and neighbors to ask questions and find answers. Studying the life of Jesus Christ through scripture strengthens me. Hearing others' struggles and triumphs and different perspectives strengthens me even more. It also brings us together in love and unity as we all share in those struggles and triumphs, and hopefully come out of it better people.