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Hi I'm Lydia

I hike. I bike. I camp. I paint. I cook. I teach art. I have a great husband and 3 beautiful girls. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've had four life changing events... 1. Art. I took an oil pastel class at a community art center when I was eight. I stuck with it through junior high and high school and ended up with a BFA in Studio Art from Brigham Young University. 2. Moving to Guatemala. I went with a college roommate to Guatemala for a year to teach art and English. It changed my perspective about what is really important and gave me a world view that I have carried with me. I don't know how much art or English an inexperienced 19 year old can teach but what I did teach was love. I loved the people. I loved the pure simplicity of their lives and I loved the culture. 3. Meeting my husband. I didn't expect to get married at age 21. I thought I would serve a mission for my Church, get a Master's degree in Paris, and find my husband in my thirties. Then I met my awesome husband, Aaron, and I knew God had a different plan for me. Aaron helped me finish my art degree and took me to Paris and on many other fun adventures. 4. Giving birth. I have three beautiful, intelligent, energetic girls and they bring me more joy than I ever anticipated. It is fun being a mom.

Why I am a Mormon

For me, finding God wasn't a life changing event. It has been a gradual process of becoming closer to him little by little. I have always had religion in my life. I know Church makes me a better person. I love the boost I get every Sunday by meeting with people who are headed in the same direction and help me succeed. We don't live near grandparents and the Church has become our extended family. I feel stronger with God in my life and the sense of community I feel at Church.

How I live my faith

I am in charge of the children's program in our congregation. We have about 80 kids ages 18 months to 11 years old. I get to work with amazing teachers and even more amazing kids. The Church provides excellent resources so that I can teach from a lesson guideline. I am blessed with inspired ideas about activities that the kids would enjoy. One of the best parts about my position is that I meet twice a month with other Church leaders to discuss how we can serve the members of our congregation and neighbors who are not of our faith. I always leave those meetings knowing I am a part of something bigger than myself. I am grateful for the opportunity to serve.