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Hi I'm Adrianne

I've lived in 5 countries and have visited 41 others. I respect and honor all cultures and religions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

After living abroad for nearly 10 years in England, Brazil, Singapore and Canada, my husband and I at long last settled in Southern California with our four children. Since the birth of my oldest daughter more than 20 years ago, I've been blessed to be a stay-at-home mother. Perhaps that doesn't sound as impressive as being an attorney or a journalist, careers I once considered pursuing. But I've come to truly believe that the greatest work we ever do is within the walls of our own homes, so I cherish the time I've had to nurture and guide my children. My passions include connecting with friends and family, traveling, singing, writing, reading, teaching, spending time at the beach or on a hiking trail. I love time to think and process my life experiences. My travels around the world have opened my eyes to the wonder of this planet and its people. Goodness can be found in every culture and religion, I've discovered. My heart is filled with gratitude for life.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I grew up with loving parents who were members but not active participants in the LDS church. In fact, by the time I was eight years-old, I had only attended church services a handful of times. But even at that tender age, the doctrines of the gospel resonated with my young soul, and I made the decision to be baptized. From then on, I participated in church meetings and activities as often as I could. From my earliest years, I have had an innate desire to live a good Christian life. The values and principles I learned at church in my youth helped me understand how to accomplish this: by being faithful, loving, kind, obedient, honest, and forgiving. Over the years I have attended literally hundreds of sacrament meetings, Sunday School classes, Relief Society lessons, conferences and firesides. Yet each Sunday I walk away from church with fresh insights that help me be a better person, a more committed disciple of Jesus Christ. I firmly believe I lived with Heavenly Father before I was born. I also believe that Jesus Christ is God's only begotten Son, who atoned for my sins and was resurrected from the dead. I believe God loves us, we are His children, so He has provided prophets throughout the ages to show us the pathway back to Him. I believe that after I die I will go home to God, and there I will have the opportunity to continue to learn and progress, with the potential to become a majestic being like my Father in Heaven someday. Because these doctrines in their fullness are only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I have opportunities to live my faith every day, in the privacy of my own home and in my community. When I pray and spend time studying the scriptures each day, I'm living my faith. When I show patience to my spouse and children, I'm living my faith. When I volunteer at my children's school or at the voting booth on election day, I'm living my faith. When I prepare for and teach the Young Women in my local congregation, I'm living my faith. When I visit an elderly and lonesome friend, I'm living my faith. When I perform temple ordinances for my ancestors, I'm living my faith. When I choose not to be offended, I'm living my faith. When I express love and affection, I'm living my faith. When I follow the promptings of the Holy Ghost, I'm living my faith. When I apologize and ask forgiveness, I'm living my faith. When I carefully select entertainment that uplifts and inspires, I'm living my faith. When I attend church with my family, I'm living my faith. When I share with others the joy I've found in the gospel, I'm living my faith.

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

My faith in Jesus Christ as the Son of God and Savior of the world has had a powerful influence on my marriage and family relationships. Knowing that the Lord makes up for what I lack, I have courage to keep striving to be a better wife and mother. Over the years as I've filled these vital roles, I've made countless missteps--overreacting when I should have stayed calm; becoming frustrated when I should have shown patience; allowing worldly distractions to pre-occupy me, just to name a few. Without a firm faith in Jesus Christ, it would be easy to lose hope and throw in the towel on myself. But with faith that Christ's grace makes up for my deficiencies, I wake up each day with hope that I can be better than I was the day before. Faith in Jesus Christ also helps me set and realign my priorities on what matters most in the eternal scheme of things: our relationships. This faith motivates me to work through the challenges in my marriage, to shore up my relationships with my children and extended family, and to be a caring friend. My faith in Christ prompts me to ask for forgiveness and to be forgiving of my loved ones, which strengthens and energizes my relationships. Show more Show less