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Hi I'm Angela

I grew up in Alberta, Canada and now call New Zealand home. I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a Canadian-American who now calls New Zealand home. I have a great love for cultures and different countries! I now live on the North Island of New Zealand and love life in the South Pacific! My husband and I are explorers, campers, snorkelers, cliff jumpers, hikers, musicians, boogie boarders, travelers and wanna-be surfers.

Why I am a Mormon

I suppose I have always known that the best way to live is by following the example of Jesus Christ. My parents taught that in our home daily and my siblings and I really do try to live by what Jesus would do. We're not perfect, but we definitely try as a family to do our best to be good people. I think that is one of the most importantly reasons I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It's a great and happy way to live! Life isn't always easy for any of us, and I have had my share of ups and downs. I think staying true to my beliefs are what kept me focused while I was in University and then in the power-charged career life in tough Washington, D.C. There were so many distractions there and the political life can take its toll. Yet what kept me happy and grounded (especially as a single) was my Church. During my career time in D.C., I always turned to the much-needed peace of the gospel of Jesus Christ--even when those around me were compromising their values when it was politically the easier thing to do. Many asked me how I could be happy when life was stressful or hard. I think the answer that sums it up is that life is simply easier when you have a clear direction--when you know where you have come from and where you are going. Being a Mormon gives me this clear direction and true joy in life. Now that I'm married and living a totally different life (the Island life!) in New Zealand, I realize that no matter where we live, we all need something to hold onto. For me, that is my religion and my knowledge that I have a Savior and loving Heavenly Father who are always concerned about me and my life. Simply put, it's a great way to live.

How I live my faith

I really do try to live my faith daily. I do this by praying to God each morning and asking Him who I can help that day, and to please guide me to people to serve. I also ask for help on being more kind, patient and thoughtful to those around me. Another thing that I do is I read the scriptures to learn from those who have gone before me and who face the same things I do. Right now, I am the president of the young women ages 12-18 in our city. It's a big responsibility for someone who doesn't have kids, let alone teenagers! I spend a lot of time organizing fun and also meaningful religious activities. It's a lot of hard work, but I really do love it. I love the energy and humor that young people provide in life. They can be so funny and yet can also surprise you with their goodness and willingness to follow Jesus Christ. My husband and I are new volunteers in the community for the YMCA. We are jumping in and helping out with activities for youth of all ages in the city. Some of these kids don't have parents, others have really tough lives, and they need to know they fit in somewhere. I really feel that it is important to live like you believe. Really live your beliefs and values on a daily basis, not just on Sundays or a few times a year at Church. There is a lot of happiness and goodness that comes into one's life by doing this and I can't imagine a better way to live.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

I think the Church is growing because people see that there can be a better way to live, that they don't have to be bound by the chains of addiction, pornography, dysfunction and broken homes. We know that the most important thing in this world is the family and the future of this world is found in the lives of the children and teenagers we see on the street, in our malls and schools. The best thing we can do is teach them to be honest, upright and moral citizens who can contribute to the betterment of society. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches that the family is incredibly significant--so significant that God wants us to be families forever, even when we die. This is huge for many people in the world who realize that their children can really be with them forever. There is tremendous comfort in that, and I think this is why so many people are drawn to this Church. It provides hope and peace. Show more Show less