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Hi I'm Sunny

I'm a new mom, figuring out being a parent. I love to dance in the rain, catch fireflies, and play board games. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a southern girl, born and raised. My parents, however, are transplants- so when I was little I had two accents- I spoke southern with my friends and "regular" with my parents. I love to draw and paint, dance, and sing. I love to bake and I make a mean batch of cookies. I am also a food network fan, and I love to try out new recipes in the kitchen. Sometimes they work out, sometimes not so much. I have solved a Rubix Cube. I love playing board games and card games with my family. I am fluent in Mandarin Chinese because I lived in Taiwan for a year and a half as a missionary. My husband and I met at church activities before my mission, and kept in touch through letters while I was gone. We were friends first and then kinda just fell into love from there. He is my best friend. We have a little one-year-old girl who is just the most adorable thing in the world (at least I think so). She is very independent and curious, and keeps us on our toes. Nothing makes me happier than the smiles I get to see on her face every day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that has been a part of this church for generations. However, I am a firm believer that even though a person is raised in a religion, they need to discover what they believe for themselves and not just rely on the testimony of others. As a teenager, I was in several art classes and had an art teacher that told us to question our beliefs. I think that he thought it would make me doubt my religion or what I professed to believe. It did not. As I thought, pondered and researched I felt like I knew that the things I had been taught my whole life were correct. I do not need to have angels appear or trumpets sound- I knew because the feelings that I had when reading the scriptures or saying my prayers that this church is the truth. A few years later I had the opportunity to serve a mission in Taiwan. While I was there I learned how blessed I was to be raised in the church, to be born to parents who taught me the truths of the gospel. There are so many people out there that have no clue what the truths of the gospel are. There are others who meet the church and have gained a testimony of its truthfulness but have not taken the steps necessary to join the church because of opposition from family members. I know that this church is led by a prophet just like Moses and Elijah of old, who talks to God and leads the church the way He would have it led. The Bible and Book of Mormon testify of each other and of the truths that modern day prophets have revealed. I know that it is true and wouldn't dare raise my daughter in this world of chaos and confusion without the light that comes from the gospel. 

How I live my faith

In my congregation I am a sunday school teacher to the youth ages fourteen and fifteen. I love that I am able to help them learn the basic truths of the gospel and the scriptures during these crutial years of their lives. I know that I was about their age when I started to question and ponder- deciding whether or not I actually believed what I had been taught my whole life. So I feel that I am giving these kids the tools to do exactly what I did at their age. I am helping them to have the knowledge they will need to make that choice. My Husband and I also follow the teachings of the church in our home. We pray together before every meal and before we go to bed at night. We also try to read the scriptures together every day, but sometimes we get caught up doing other things or the baby distracts us. We are trying to be better at it. I do, however, notice a difference the days that we do take the time to read. They go much more smoothly and I feel less stress and frustration at the small things that can be frustrating about having a small baby.