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Hi I'm April

I love everything about my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is April and I love everything about my life! My family is the most important thing to me. My husband and I were married in the Mount Timpanogos Temple just over three years ago. Marriage has taught me a lot about how love grows and deepens with time, and how it needs constant nourishment. I'm learning that having a great marriage takes a lot of work, but it is well worth it. I am so happy! My husband and I are also the happy and doting parents of the cutest two-year-old boy, and another baby on the way! We absolutely love being parents, although it is challenging at times. We hope to have more children in the future. I recently graduated from a university and I love reading books of all genres, and learning about new things. I currently take care of a senior couple to earn a little bit of income while my husband finishes his Master's Degree in Accounting. I love exercising - running, aerobics, boot camp, yoga, pilates, weight training - you name it, I love it! (I also love chocolate!) I love learning about other people and places and I'm currently teaching myself Spanish. Some of the things I love include music, tennis, nature, going on fun dates, and attending plays. Oh, and watching college football with my hubby.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church and I was baptized when I was eight years old. I have wonderful parents who taught me about the Savior and read the Book of Mormon to me when I was young. They took me and my siblings to Church every week, and taught me by example about what being a Mormon was all about. When I was 14 years old I read the Book of Mormon all the way through for the first time on my own. I prayed to know if it was true. I can still remember kneeling down by my bed, alone in my room, and feeling that it was true, that it came from God. I felt warm inside, and I felt God's love for me. I know that it is true and that there is a special power that accompanies the Book of Mormon. I love that book and I read it every day. It keeps me close to God. I know that because God loved us He sent prophets, or men who were called of God and given authority to teach and lead Christ's church on the earth. I know that Jesus Christ leads His Church today through a living prophet. I know that God knows me and wants me to be happy, and to live with my family forever. I know that families can be together forever. I know that life wasn't meant to be a breeze, but that with God's help, we can do hard things and find great meaning in our experiences in life. I know that this life has a great purpose and that we are accountable for how we spend our time and for what we do with our lives.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily commitment. I make sure and do the small and simple things like praying, reading my scriptures, going to the temple, and serving others. These things help me feel close to God and make good choices every day. I also try and follow the example of Jesus Christ and treat others with kindness and respect. I try not to judge others, but to see them for who they are and to find the good in all people. My husband and I also teach a class at church for those who are preparing to go to the temple for the first time. I've had lots of opportunities to be a teacher at church, and I always learn most from what the students teach me! As a visiting teacher, I'm also responsible to watch over two women in our ward. Along with another woman in our ward, each month we visit these two women in their homes and teach them principles of the gospel. We also remember their birthdays and anniversaries, call them often, and find ways to serve them. The Savior taught us to serve and love others, and this is one of the best ways to do it. I've had some wonderful experiences as I have been in the homes of the other women around me. Their faith and examples have taught me how to better follow our Savior, Jesus Christ.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

You can know Mormonism is true by living it. Try it. Go to church, read the scriptures, learn about the doctrine, pray about it, talk to the missionaries, etc. As you learn more and live it, you will feel in your heart and in your mind that it is true. You will come to know for yourself that God knows you and is mindful of your life. You will realize that follow the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) is the only way to be truly happy in this life and the next. Show more Show less

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Our bodies play a huge role in our progress and happiness in this life and in the next. When we lived with God before this life, we didn't have a body, but we knew that God had a body and we wanted to be like Him. We wanted to come to earth to get a body, because with a body we could do so much more, and progress to become like God. Our bodies are a gift from God. We believe that taking care of our bodies shows God that we understand how important they are, and taking care of them also helps us to function at our best. Our bodies are sacred and God wants us to take care of them. We need to be mindful of how we use our bodies, what we put into our bodies, how we dress our bodies, and what we let others do with or to our bodies. Our bodies are referred to as temples in the Bible, because they house our spirits and because they are sacred. Just as we wouldn't defile a temple, God doesn't want us to defile our bodies. He knows that when we keep our bodies pure and clean, we will be happiest and feel good. Taking care of our physical bodies also affects the way we feel on the inside - our moods, thoughts, energy levels, etc. As a mom, I know that taking care of my body is important, so that I can have children, and so that I can take care of them! I try to get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat right, so that I can be my best for my family. I also dress modestly and try not to bring undue attention to my body. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Absolutely! I know that our prophet today is President Thomas S. Monson. I listen to his words and try to obey them. As I do, I again receive confirmations in my heart and mind that he is the prophet God has chosen to lead us today. You too, can listen to the teachings of President Monson on lds.org or YouTube, and learn for yourself that God does continue to send prophets to guide, teach, and lead his people. I know that I am happiest as I follow the prophet of God. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Of course not! We believe in following the example of Jesus Christ, and this means that we will gladly help everyone around us. We see others for who they are, children of God. This means that we don't judge others because of what they wear, where they work, or where they live. As children of God, we are all brothers and sisters. We believe in treating others with kindness, patience, love, encouragement, and respect. When someone needs help, Mormons want to help. We care about others, not just other Mormons. Show more Show less