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Hi I'm April

I've lived most of my life in in Oklahoma, USA. I work at home as a mother, home-educator, and crochet designer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a busy stay-at-home mom of four young children. I am married to a wonderful, unselfish man. I find my responsibilities as a full-time mother to be challenging sometimes. I am trying hard to avoid anger, and be unselfish with my time. I live close to my parents and siblings. I enjoy spending time with all of them, as well as with my husband's family. I have just recently begun designing crochet patterns for publishing. That has been a really exciting accomplishment, getting published. Crochet is my primary hobby, but I also enjoy working on genealogy and spending time with my family. We recently began home-educating our daughters and that's going well. We're really glad to be doing that so that our girls can spend their time in uplifting places with people that help them make good choices.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about 14 years old I spent a summer with my grandparents in Montana without the rest of my immediate family--just me and them. Well, there wasn't a lot to do on a Montana ranch with two retired persons, so I had lots of time to think. I thought about mistakes I had made and felt bad for them. I wanted to know how to repent, and if my Heavenly Father would forgive me. I began to read from The Book of Mormon to find an answer. I read Mosiah 5:7 wherein I learned that through my change of heart, brought about by faith in Christ, and my resulting repentance I would become a daughter of Christ, who would, like a father, give me a new spiritual life. At that time, and ever since, when I have repented I have moved from sorrow, to joy, and from guilt, to peace. Through this, I know that my Savior is real, and living, and that He loves me and is merciful. I also know that The Book of Mormon contains the words of God and can teach me of His life and love. I have also found that the principles of the gospel taught in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints have given me direction, peace, and comfort.

How I live my faith

I am a Family History Consultant at church. This means that I help people research their genealogy. This can be an intimadating responsibility since I am still learning myself. I also have the privilege of being a Visiting Teacher to three other women from church. This means that I visit with them on the phone and at home. I take the time to get to know them, be their friend, help them when they need it, and share gospel messages with them atleast once a month. I try to be an example of Christ-like behavior to those around me, share my beliefs with those I meet, and raise my children to be good, moral, loving, generous people.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

April
Mormons do lots of things to help each other, but they also do a lot to help others. We are encouraged to donate money to the church's Humanitarian Fund, which money the church's "Welfare Department" use to purchase food, clothing, medical supplies, hygiene items, and other necessities. These items are donated all over the world, without regard to religion, to help those in need. Additionally, and perhaps even more important to us as individuals, we are taught, encouraged, and expected to notice the needs of all those around us and help them, just as the Savior would do if He were here, regardless of what beliefs a person does or doesn't have. Mosiah 4 in The Book of Mormon is a particularly eloquent, beautiful and moving chapter about helping those in need. A portion of it (verse 16) says "...Ye yourselves will succor those that stand in need of your succor; ye will administer of your substance unto him that standeth in need; and ye will not suffer that the beggar putteth up his petition to you in vain, and turn him out to perish." Show more Show less