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Hi I'm Angie

I live in Harlem and work on Park Ave in New York City. I'm a wife, a photographer, a runner, a blogger. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in New York City with my husband, who works on Madison Avenue at an advertising agency. I'm a dental hygienist and I love meeting so many different and interesting people every day in my work. I love photography, food, the outdoors, and exploring the city where I live.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love Jesus Christ and I want to follow Him. The gospel of Christ is the guiding light showing me the way on my path through life. Because I am a member of His church, I know my purpose here on earth and where I'm going after my life here is finished. This knowledge guides every decision I make, day to day. I am a Mormon because living Jesus Christ's gospel, coming to know Him as my savior, my brother and my friend, brings me greater joy than anything else on this earth.

How I live my faith

My husband and I attend church each Sunday at a Mormon meeting house right in the middle of Harlem, where we live. Every week I teach Sunday school to the youth in Harlem, and my class consists of about ten teenagers between fifteen and seventeen years old. I love my class! These inner-city teens come from such a different background than I do, and sometimes I feel like I've learned more from them than they have from me. We have a lot of fun each week as we learn more about Jesus Christ and His gospel. I love attending church with other members of my community each week. The Harlem 1st Ward is definitely unique and diverse, and I love that. We all come from different countries, cultures, and religious backgrounds. Many of us speak different languages. But we all have one very important thing in common: our faith in Jesus Christ and our knowledge that this is His gospel and His church on the earth today. That knowledge unites us, despite all our differences. It's a great thing to be a part of.

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

Angie
What are Mormon women NOT like? I have met so many Mormon women and they are all unique individuals. I know Mormon women who are Broadway stars, professional athletes, doctors, mothers, diplomats, activists, feminists, and the list could go on and on. I don't think you can categorize Mormon women into one type of person. I will tell you that Mormons definitely believe in equality between men and women. Within the context of my faith I have just as many rights and privileges as my husband, father, or brothers do. Men and women are partners, we need each other. I couldn't make it without my husband, but he certainly couldn't make it without me either! Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Angie
Our church is organized into congregations with defined geographical boundaries. A ward is a congregation of a few hundred people, and it's boundaries can be as small as half a mile or as large as 50 miles. It just depends on the number of Latter-day Saints members of our church, aka "mormons" who live in that area. My ward boundaries here in Manhattan only cover Harlem and Spanish Harlem. A Stake is a group of wards, usually about ten, I think. My stake boundaries include the whole island of Manhattan. There are actually thousands of Mormons living here in New York. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Angie
I was so surprised when I moved to New York City and when people found out I was Mormon, they asked me if I celebrated holidays like Christmas, Easter or birthdays. I am Christian, so of course I celebrate Christmas and Easter! We also celebrate holidays like birthdays, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc. We also dance, listen to mainstream music, and have parties sans alcohol, of course. Show more Show less