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Hi I'm Angela Nievar.

My family is from Oklahoma. I am a professor at a large research university. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I are both part Native American. Our oldest son has three children, and we have a married daughter and one son who graduated high school. We love to cook together as a family and try new recipes. One project that we're all working on right now is learning more about our family history and genealogy. I play the piano for our ward choir. I majored in music as an undergraduate and played professionally for about three weeks in New Orleans. Right now, I am writing up my research on parenting. Recently, I have been working with home visiting programs for low-income and Spanish-speaking families. Unfortunately, I don't speak Spanish very well, but I learned French on my mission to Belgium about 20 years ago. I've been back to Europe a couple of times for conferences, and my work has allowed me to travel to New York City, Canada, and Washington DC among other places. My parents loved to travel, and I guess I've inherited the bug. My mom recently passed away, but my dad is on a cruise to Alaska as I write this. We are going to Minnesota next week to visit the Mayo Clinic, as I've had some recent health problems. My husband (Billy) and I are driving so we can visit Des Moines and stop at his family's ancestral home in southern Minnesota. We both like doing family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I had a friend in college who was Mormon. She came over to my apartment one night. She saw my Bible and picked it up, half-joking with me, and asked if I'd read it. I told her I had read it all the way through more than once, and I continued to read it every night. She started talking with me about Heavenly Father's plan for us. One thing she said was that there wasn't just heaven and hell in the next life, where everyone below the line went to hell for everlasting torment and everyone above the line went to heaven to sing with the angels. While she was talking, I felt like a light had filled the room. She was leaving for the summer to visit relatives, but I got a Book of Mormon from her mother. After I finished that, I borrowed the Doctrine and Covenants, Jesus the Christ, and four or five other books. As I read these books, things I had read in the Bible started to make sense. It was like a puzzle, and all the pieces were coming together. I went to church first thing that fall, and I got baptized a few weeks later.

How I live my faith

I have been a member for almost 35 years now. I go to church every Sunday unless I am sick. I read my scriptures and pray every day. I've been blessed because of this. I think that reading the Bible and Book of Mormon has helped me through the hard times in my life. Right now I am a primary teacher. I really love the students in my class. They are 10 or 11 years old, but they all have a strong faith in Jesus, and believe that we will be resurrected one day. We talk about these things in our class. One Sunday almost all of them shared their testimonies with the congregation. I tell people about my church sometimes, when I sit by them on a plane or a train. If you're my friend, you know about my faith. I don't want to push it on anyone, but I want people to know about it. Too many people have heard really weird things about our church, and I want them to know that we are the real deal; we do believe in Jesus as the Savior of the world. I also love to do family history work. I like going home teaching with my husband and visiting teaching with my friend who is assigned as my "companion" when I visit the sisters. It sounds like a lot of work to do, but we only go out once a month. Plus it doesn't feel like work because you're just sharing your lives and your faith with other good people. I've made some amazing friends, people I wouldn't have otherwise known, through visiting members in their homes. We also have this thing called Family Home Evening. Every Monday night my family gets together and does something. We may read scriptures or watch a Church video. This Monday, we're going to pick tomatoes out of the garden. When the kids were little, we played a game along with the lesson most of the time. It's been wonderful to teach my children the gospel in our home. Plus we do read the scriptures together and have prayer most evenings. It's helped us stay close as a family.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Angela Nievar.
Read the Book of Mormon. People may tell you not to read it, or that it's dangerous. That's ridiculous. How can you find out about whether something is true or not if you don't even examine it? This is a great gift. Talk to the missionaries. They can explain things better than your friend who is not a member of the Church, or a pastor from another denomination. Trust your own judgment, and pray to Heavenly Father and ask Him whether or not this is true. He will answer your prayers. I know this because it happened to me. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Angela Nievar.
The Mormon women I know are capable, strong, and committed to their families. Many of the women I know participate in community leadership positions, work, and/or spend most of their time caring for their children. Our church teaches that men and women are different. Equal means exactly the same. We enjoy equivalent blessings, but we do not have the same exact roles. Women are honored and loved by their husbands and usually spend more time as caregivers. Husbands are expected to provide for the family, in most circumstances. Fathers and mothers should help one another in raising the family, as equal partners. Women hold leadership positions and give talks (or "sermons") in church, but not to the extent that they would need to spend large amounts of time away from their children. This is the ideal situation, and certainly couples are able to adjust given varying circumstances. Single mothers are supported by the church and ward "family." They have dual roles, and have to raise a family while supporting themselves, usually, and so ward leaders are especially sensitive to their needs. Show more Show less