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Hi I'm Angie

I was raised in California, and now I'm raising my family there, too. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and have 5 children. After sending the kids to school each morning, I work on finishing my own college degree my youngest is slightly dismayed that some people have homework even when they're 'old'. Balancing my time can be a challenge, but everyone pitches in to help. I'm happy to participate in our local scouting program and school organizations. I volunteer as an art docent at my children's school and love spending time with the kids. Our family loves cooking and eating together. Additionally, I love to garden, hike, travel, take pictures, play the piano and read. I've taken up running which I don't love yet, and am training for a relay race with my brothers this fall.

Why I am a Mormon

Though I was born to an active Mormon family, when I was in high school I wanted to know for myself that the Mormon faith had the full, correct teachings of Christ's gospel. I wanted to pursue active membership in the Mormon church, because I knew it was true and not simply because it was what my parents believed and taught me. I wanted an answer from God that this church was of Him. My parents supported, and even encouraged me in this endeavor. While continuing to go to the lds church and attending early morning seminary at 6 am every day before school, on my own I studied the scriptures, talked with other adults of both similar and differing beliefs, fasted and prayed to God that He would help me know if the Book of Mormon was a genuine record of His dealings with the people of the American continents and if the lds, or Mormon, church was in actuality Christ's restored church on the earth. My answer came gradually. A teacher of my sophomore and senior years in high school often challenged my beliefs and questioned how any person could know with surety that there was a god. As I sincerely listened to his challenges and answered his questions, the Holy Ghost confirmed to me simple truths that I did know. For me, there never was a doubt that God existed and that He cared about me. That was my building block. Other principles and knowledge about faith in Christ and His atonement, repentance, baptism, eternal families, prophets ancient and modern, all became part of my testimony as I learned how the Holy Ghost taught and confirmed truth to me. I am a unique individual. I learn and understand things in my own way. My Heavenly Father knows all this, because He knows me and knows how to teach me. I'm learning these things about myself as I develop my relationship with Him. I know Jesus Christ is His Son. I love my Savior, and have devoted my life to following Him. I feel so grateful for the peace and comfort I receive as a result.

How I live my faith

 Understanding why God created this earth, why He sent us here, and where we are headed guides my daily decisions and major life ambitions. Because I know our family relationships are important and have eternal potential, I work hard to keep my marriage strong. My husband and I continue to date, evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of our relationship and actively seek ways to strengthen it. Most of the time, that means simply spending time with each other. We work together to support each other's interests and goals. When we struggle, our commitment to Christ and the covenant we made with Him when we were married gives us the motivation and strength to work out problems. I do my best to be a good mother and recognize that I need God's help to discover and develop talents, understand the needs of my children and how to meet them. I want to be the best I can for my children, but I also know, better than anyone, my short-comings. Fortunately, I also understand that Christ's atonement can make up for my weaknesses. By relying on Him, my weaknesses don't hold me or my children back. We're learning together. My faith also encourages me to be a good neighbor and citizen. I understand how important it is to reach out to others and share any gift or talent I have with them even if it means moving outside my comfort zone. Being a good Mormon to me means being a great neighbor and good, active citizen. I've come to love helping out in my children's classes at school and working with the local boy scout program. Through my congregation, I've had the opportunity to teach sunday school classes to people age 3 to 80, play the piano for choirs, and work one on one with young adults and teenagers. One of the biggest lessons I've learned by 'living my faith' is that my greatest joys come when I redirect my focus from serving myself to serving others.