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Hi I'm April

I love my family and I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Native American born into a family of 3brothers and 5 sisters, parents married for over 35yrs., me being the oldest of the girls. I am married to a non-member and a mother of (3)boys ages 13, 9, 6mths and 2yr old girl. I take care of my 67yr old uncle who is mentally handicapped and a dialysis patient. I am a homemaker. I spend my time with my hands full, it is a challenge for me and fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church, my grandparents were converts and my father who was an inactive member and my mother who was a non-member both kept my siblings and I in the church. I loved primary class during younger years and as I got older Young Womens was the best guidance for me. Eventually my mother became a member and never missed a Sunday unless she really had to, unbelievable my father returned to church as well. Both my boys were baptised and my oldest is now a Deacon and secretary in his boyscout troop. I was filled with an incredible feeling letting me know that I needed to strengthen my testimony, to be an example to my siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, and bring comfort, love, patience, and happiness into my home. I am Mormon because I know this church is true, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that the Book of Mormon is true and that our Father in Heaven lives. I am who I am today because of my faith in Christ and the teachings of the Church.

How I live my faith

I try my best to raise our kids to follow the commandments, to have scripture study and family prayer as often as we could and attend church activities, meetings and services as much as we can. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a fight and reminding my two older boys to be examples, at home, school, especially for their siblings is a must. I am like a missionary. I find myself bearing my testimony to friends, relatives, and invite them to church. I make myself available to provide rides to church on Sunday if someone needs one. I find it very challenging to be an example, but through being Christlike it is becoming less of a challenge.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I attend the Papago Ward, which is the Mormon church on the Salt River Indian Reservation in Scottsdale, Arizona. The Church is a great mixture of races, mostly native americans from different areas of the states. Recently there have been numerous Sundays with visiting non-members. Its quiet, piano playing while everyone piles in to the pews, but at our ward everyone piles into extra chairs set up at the back of the church leading into the indoor basketball court, it gets pretty full. The service provides sacrament, church leaders speak to the congregation, hymns, a great variety of classes as well as a nursery. Church is a great time to meet new members, see the Bishop, speak to missionaries, recieve blessings and greet non-members and welcome them to the church. A strong spirit is amidst us during church. I have personally heard testimony from non-members that they feel welcomed and loved, like a new family of brothers and sisters. Anyone is welcome to attend church services, we as members love to see new faces, we are thankful for those who are examples to others and thankful for the missionaries. Show more Show less