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Hi I'm April JoAnne

I grew up in New York. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 22 year old New York transplant living in Utah. I have been married to my wonderful husband (he's from Alaska), for a little over 3 years. I have a son who just turned one, we both love him very much. I love playing lacrosse, I played throughout high school and coached a team out here in Utah for awhile. I have an Associates Degree in Science and would like to return to school for Graphic Design, something I did in high school and would like to further pursue. I love music and singing. I play the cello and the piano and would like to learn to play the guitar better. I love going to concerts, especially being in the mosh pit. Just dancing, listening to the music and having fun. I've recently started scrap-booking and sewing and am thoroughly enjoying the creative outlet it allows. I have a job as well and plans to start a few small businesses using my knowledge of graphic design and few crafting abilities to express my attitude towards the Savior and the scriptures.

Why I am a Mormon

I could answer this in so many different ways... But I suppose, I need to start at the beginning. People think I'm Mormon only because I was raised that way. This is far from true. I knew in my heart God lives, God loves me, but it is easy to forget sometimes. Growing up, I struggled with being Mormon and being an everyday kid. I wanted to go to parties on the weekends like my friends did, even though all they did was get drunk. It was hard. I gave in, I lost my way. I did not make the right choices in my life. But my mom, the best example of exemplifying Christ's love I can think of never gave up on me. I struggled with depression, thoughts of suicide, I felt truly lost in the world. She saw my inner battles and was always there for me even if I pushed her away, I knew she would still be praying for me to find the answers I needed. In the end, it wasn't the lifestyle I was taught or brought up with that reaffirmed my beliefs, it was the fact that my mother not only believed it, but she LIVED it. She never gave up on me, and never pushed me towards a certain answer. She let me figure things out for myself, but always offered guidance when I asked. When my life finally seemed to shatter around me because of my choices, she was the one who was there to love me anyway. Forgive me of the terrible things I'd said to her throughout my life, and help me move on. Her testimony is stronger than anyone I know, and I see it in the way she lives and treats others. Her life is a testimony to me. I am Mormon because of the example of others. I am Mormon because I prayed about the church, and about the Book of Mormon. And I received an answer. And the answer was a warm feeling in my heart that affirmed to me, "yes, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is true. The Book of Mormon is true. And yes, you are a child of God, and He loves you."

How I live my faith

I live my faith by doing what I think is right. By standing up for what I believe is right. That is to say, I participate in my church by teaching in the Sunday School organization for the younger children under 12, what we call Primary. But when church is over, I still make daily judgments based on what I believe would exemplify how Christ would want us to treat others. Tolerance and love. Of all people of every faith, race, sexuality, and political affiliation. I do not condemn anyone, that is not my place nor my right. It's none of ours. That right belongs to God only, all I can do is live my life and try to offer service to my fellowman.