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Hi I'm Andrea

I’m a wife of 1, a mom of 4, and I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I have spent my life in the western US, and haven’t strayed far from where I spent my growing up years. I’m clinging to my thirties like a life-preserver! I had the opportunity to go to school and train to work in the medical field, where I spent 10 years caring for children in critical-care. I was then blessed to meet a wonderful man, and 13 years ago I became his wife, and the mother to his daughter. We have since added three more children to our family, and I stay home to manage the responsibilities of the three-ring circus. I'm happy if I get a daily shower in, and get dinner made 2 1/2 times a week. It’s loud, chaotic, and wonderful! I love to laugh, play, and watch my family having fun. I dabble in many hobbies, but mostly collect all the gear necessary for such hobbies without actually perfecting my skills. I like to cook, will someday sew again when I have a somewhat organized and functional craft room, and assure my husband that someday the kids will see what they looked like as babies when I print out their pictures and get them in albums. I enjoy volunteering at my childrens school to watch them learning and interacting, I am also preparing a photography portfolio to be approved as a photographer with a non-profit organization that donates photography sessions to families that experience infant loss. As a family, we enjoy spending time together outdoors, hiking and 4-wheeling. My greatest joy is my family and the times we have together.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family that have been members of the Mormon church for generations, some from the early beginning of the Church in 1830. I love the stories in my family history of the struggles of what these early pioneers endured. Immigration from other countries, treks across the plains in wagons and handcarts, the faith to continue in their beliefs despite threats of violence if they continued. I am proud of my ancestors and not only what they suffered, but what they taught their children, and grandchildren, and so on, so that I was able to be raised being taught of Christ, His mission, and His Gospel. But that is not the only reason I am Mormon. I am Mormon because I believe that this church is Christ’s restored gospel on the earth. I am Mormon because I believe that we not only have the Bible as scripture, but also the Book of Mormon to teach us that we have a Heavenly Father that loves us and is aware of us and we have a Savior who is Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon because I have prayed many times and felt the sweet reassurance of the Spirit telling me that what I believe is right, and the things I have been taught are true.

How I live my faith

It is hard to describe exactly “how” I live my faith, as it is such an integral part of my life. My belief in Jesus Christ, what He did for me, and my membership in His Church are among my greatest treasures. I try on a daily basis to live as Christ did: To show love and kindness to those around me, to have patience (and that is not easy with my energetic children!), and to be charitable. In our church, our congregation helps each other by serving one another in “callings,” or volunteer jobs in teaching and serving. My responsibility is to serve in the Scouting organization, with the 8 year old cub scouts in our Wolf Den. We get to spend an hour a week talking about the scouting program, and passing off requirements to earn their Wolf badges. I love the excitement of these boys. They are excited about life, excited to be part of the group, and part of scouting. It is fun to teach them things that help them be more responsible, not only in their personal lives, but in the Gospel as well.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

No, we help those around us that are in need of help. Our neighbors, co-workers, friends, the strangers we pass in the store. We believe that all our fellowmen are truly our brothers and sisters, and why would we not help someone in need? We have been blessed with many things that we can give back to others, and not just material goods. We can be someone's helping hand, comfort in time of sadness, or smile when they don't have one. We give of ourselves no matter who the receiver may be. Show more Show less