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Hi I'm Mandi

I'm a busy, active, southern mom of 4. I love to scuba dive, dance, and travel, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I am an active mom of 4 beautiful daughters. I am also a full time student (for the second time around) working to obtain my degree in education. I work part time from home as a travel agent, sharing my love and knowledge of travel with others. My husband and I have our hands full keeping up with the busy schedules of our sweet girls, but we try to make time for each other as often as possible. We are usually pretty successful at having a date night once a week, and as often as we can swing it, we try to get away from the craziness of life and spend some time underwater enjoying the beauty that God created there. We have been scuba diving for a few years and as we improve, we love it more and more. I also enjoy reading, dancing, boating (or anything that involves being in or near water), watching my daughters and husband play basketball, and spending time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a freshman in college, there was a girl who lived on my hall who was different than anyone I'd ever met. She seemed to have this light about her that I could not quite explain. Everyone loved her, she was happy with who she was, and she was not afraid to stand up for what she believed in. She literally appeared to have almost a glow about her that had me wanting to know more about her and what made her tick. As I got to know her better, I came to know that she was a mormon. I didn't really understand what that meant, but in time, my friend began to share her testimony with me, and I liked what I heard. She talked to me of Christ and of how through Him I could have the light that she had. She gave me a Book of Mormon to read and began inviting me to activities at church. I soon got to know other mormons and quickly realized that my friend was not the only mormon with the strange, wonderful presence about them that I later was able to identify as the Holy Ghost. I began to talk with the missionaries and they taught me things that immediately resonated with me and cleared up questions that I had had for a long time. I was eager to get baptized and didn't wait for them to ask me if I wanted to, I asked them at our second meeting what I needed to do in order to be baptized into the Lord's church. That was 16 years ago. Since that time I can say I've never regreted my choice to become a member of the Lord's church. I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God lives and that His son, Jesus Christ is our redeemer who atoned for the sins of the world, for MY sins. I know that my relationshop with the Savior helps me to be a better person and I know that the Lord has called a Prophet to help us to know of the Lord's will for us. I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, as is the Bible. I am grateful for a prophet on the earth today to help us to understand how to be more Christlike in an ever changing and troubled world.

How I live my faith

I am by no means perfect. I try my best, and i fail, and I get back up and I try again, learning from the mistakes that I have made and allowing the Spirit to teach me. I believe that it is my husband and my responsibility to teach our children correct principles and how to live the gospel of Jesus Christ. As our children begin to enter their teenage years, this is of particular importance. We read scripture together evey evening before bed and we pray together as a family. We also try to live as Christ would, showing kindness and mercy to others. We try to do service for others and we include our children in those opportunities as often as possible. We also hold a family night each week where we can share a spiritual thought or lesson, and spend some quality time as a family together having some fun. We try to use everyday experiences as teaching/ learning opportunities. Again, we are far from perfect, but we do our best and work to do better each day. In addition to our religious studies as a family, my husband and I make time each day to study and pray together. This has brought us closer together as a couple and made us better parents. We had not always been as consistent in this and noticed that our life and marriage was harder and more taxing when we did not include the Lord in it. And I also enjoy my alone time with the Lord. This personal relationship that I have formed with Him has gotten me through my most difficult moments in life. More than anything, I try to live in a way that is pleasing to the Lord and in so doing, have found true happiness and joy.