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Hi I'm Aimee

I'm a wife. I'm a mother. I'm an exercise enthusiast. I'm an urban farmer. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Besides my wonderful family and the gospel, the other great love of my life is exercise which is primarily why I'm a Fitness and Wellness major. Weight lifting would have to be my personal favorite. I don't know what it is about pumping iron, but it's extremely relaxing and refreshing to me. Biking with my labradane at my side, swimming, rollerblading, cross country skiing and kickboxing are close seconds. Some of my other hobbies/interests are wakeboarding, snowboarding, hiking, camping, reading, canning, and playing video games RPG's being my fav. My husband and I are really into self-reliance lately. He loves to garden and I love animals, so he grows food and I breed rabbits for our family. Raising rabbits is a lot of fun for our family. They don't take up a lot of space, aren't very smelly, don't eat a whole lot, are very fun to play with, and though our oldest son is still very young he loves helping feed them every day.

Why I am a Mormon

If I had to choose one thing showing why I am and will always be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, it would be the Family Proclamation. The First Presidency and Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints We, the First Presidency and the Council of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, solemnly proclaim that marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and that the family is central to the Creator's plan for the eternal destiny of His children. All human beings—male and female—are created in the image of God. Each is a beloved spirit son or daughter of heavenly parents, and, as such, each has a divine nature and destiny. Gender is an essential characteristic of individual premortal, mortal, and eternal identity and purpose. In the premortal realm, spirit sons and daughters knew and worshiped God as their Eternal Father and accepted His plan by which His children could obtain a physical body and gain earthly experience to progress toward perfection and ultimately realize his or her divine destiny as an heir of eternal life. The divine plan of happiness enables family relationships to be perpetuated beyond the grave. Sacred ordinances and covenants available in holy temples make it possible for individuals to return to the presence of God and for families to be united eternally. The first commandment that God gave to Adam and Eve pertained to their potential for parenthood as husband and wife. We declare that God's commandment for His children to multiply and replenish the earth remains in force. We further declare that God has commanded that the sacred powers of procreation are to be employed only between man and woman, lawfully wedded as husband and wife. We declare the means by which mortal life is created to be divinely appointed. We affirm the sanctity of life and of its importance in God's eternal plan. Husband and wife have a solemn responsibility to love and care for each other and for their children. "Children are an heritage of the Lord" Psalms 127:3. Parents have a sacred duty to rear their children in love and righteousness, to provide for their physical and spiritual needs, to teach them to love and serve one another, to observe the commandments of God and to be law-abiding citizens wherever they live. Husbands and wives—mothers and fathers—will be held accountable before God for the discharge of these obligations. The family is ordained of God. Marriage between man and woman is essential to His eternal plan. Children are entitled to birth within the bonds of matrimony, and to be reared by a father and a mother who honor marital vows with complete fidelity. Happiness in family life is most likely to be achieved when founded upon the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. Successful marriages and families are established and maintained on principles of faith, prayer, repentance, forgiveness, respect, love, compassion, work, and wholesome recreational activities. By divine design, fathers are to preside over their families in love and righteousness and are responsible to provide the necessities of life and protection for their families. Mothers are primarily responsible for the nurture of their children. In these sacred responsibilities, fathers and mothers are obligated to help one another as equal partners. Disability, death, or other circumstances may necessitate individual adaptation. Extended families should lend support when needed. We warn that individuals who violate covenants of chastity, who abuse spouse or offspring, or who fail to fulfill family responsibilities will one day stand accountable before God. Further, we warn that the disintegration of the family will bring upon individuals, communities, and nations the calamities foretold by ancient and modern prophets. We call upon responsible citizens and officers of government everywhere to promote those measures designed to maintain and strengthen the family as the fundamental unit of society. This proclamation was read by President Gordon B. Hinckley as part of his message at the General Relief Society Meeting held September 23, 1995, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

How I live my faith

I admit, I am not a Mormon whiz. I can't name every important date through Mormon history or silently recite scripture references when someone talks about them at church.However, I do all that I can to continue learning while helping strengthen my little family at the same time. My husband and I regularly hold family scripture study and family home evening, even though our boys are still quite young. We also try our best to regularly attend the temple. The peace and inspiration that I regularly find there is a safe harbor in the tempest of the world. Here comes the real shocker now. I'm not perfect. I loose my temper and yell sometimes. I even ripped a door off the hinges once. When I'm upset , nervous or hurt I'll swear under my breath every once in a while. I don't always enjoy going to Church, especially with a toddler who struggles holding still for 5 minutes, let alone a full hour. I'm a human being. I make mistakes. But, I can choose to learn from my mistakes and go on with my life and try to be a little better today.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

I think it's because of how different the Mormon "culture" is from the world. Everything that we do is different, from how we spend our money to how we talk, to our dress, and even how we spend our time. A lot of people on the outside also feel the lifestyle is very restrictive and demanding. I still need to tweak my philosophy a little bit, but I feel it is a lot like staying in good health. If you exercise, eat well, wash your hands, and get enough sleep then you'll be a lot better off now and much later in your life. If you don't, then you'll probably run into some or many health problems later on. Our Church leaders are just looking after our spiritual health. Show more Show less