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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a mother. I'm a baker. I'm a crafter. I'm a do-it-yourselfer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have four funny kids, ages 10, 8, 5, and 1. We like to make stuff together. We have a massive garden. We bake homemade pizza every week without fail. We repurpose old junk into new creations. Life is never dull at our house!

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the Church all my life, and I've always been a believer. My personal testimony of Jesus Christ really began to blossom, though, when I was seminary student as a teenager. High school aged members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have the opportunity to attend "seminary"--daily scripture study classes. Where I grew up, seminary took place before school, every weekday morning at 6:15 am. As I attended early morning seminary and started reading the scriptures on my own every evening, those daily habits of inviting the Spirit into my life helped me to gain a powerful personal testimony that Jesus Christ is my Savior. I know he suffered and died for my sins. I know that his magnificent Atonement allows me to repent of my sins and be clean again. I love the gospel--it's the most important part of who I am.

How I live my faith

At church I serve as the pianist for the children's meetings, for kids aged 3-11. As a result of this assignment, I now play the piano again every day, after being out of practice for many years. I have to practice a lot, but it's a blessing. I love playing and singing the hymns. It's a beautiful way to bring the Spirit into our home.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Andrea
Life can be unpredictable. Natural disasters, accidents, illness, and unemployment can seriously shake up any family. We try to be prepared for whatever might happen. We keep a supply of the food we regularly eat and other things we normally use, so we don't have to worry in case of an emergency. When we have a big winter storm, I see many of my neighbors rush out to stock up so they'll have some food in the house. We don't have to worry in a simple situation like that. Being prepared is really a way of life. I try to buy things on sale, and I like to stock up when I find a good deal. We get a lot of vegetables from our garden, we shop carefully, and we try our best to save for a rainy day. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Andrea
The Relief Society is a worldwide group of women who believe in Jesus Christ. We meet together on a local level each Sunday to strengthen our testimonies of the Savior. We visit each other every month to see how things are going--to be friends, to share spiritual strength, and to help out if needed. For instance, if a Relief Society friend is sick, we may bring in a meal or help watch her children. We serve on a broader level by volunteering in our communities, and doing projects like assembling humanitarian aid hygiene kits or collecting school supplies for children in developing countries. We help each other learn practical skills like how to bake bread or how to budget. We have a good time together! Some women from my Relief Society group meet together for a cooperative music and movement class for our toddlers. Lots of women and kids from our community come too. We also have a book group. All women over the age of eighteen are welcome to join us for any of our meetings. We laugh together, we cry together, and we rejoice in our knowledge of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. Show more Show less