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Hi I'm Angel Russon

I'm about ready to graduate from college and start my first year teaching in a public elementary school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a single 26 year old elementary school teacher. As I have spent countless hours with elementary aged children I have found a drive withing myself to be a positive force in their lives. I have meet children with a home life that has often lead me to tears. I want so badly to be a positive force in their life and build each child up. I want my classroom to be a safe place for them were they can learn and grow. I want to teach them that knowledge is the power to make their lives better. I love music especially country music. I am the one with the windows down and country music turned up singing at the top of my lungs. I'm often found country swing dancing with my friends. Although I am known to dance and sing around my apartment making myself dinner, vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, in the car, just about anywhere with a good song and space. I struggle with Dysthymia (chronic depression/minor depression.) I was on medication for over two years. During this time I struggled with serious thoughts of suicide. I keep fighting long and hard to truly see myself through God's eyes. As I did research I learned that eating right, exercising, positive thinking, and service are powerful tools in dealing with depression. During my last year in college I started volunteering in my community as was able to see the difference my small acts made. Now as a teacher my students are the ones that I serve the most. Even when I don't understand why I know I have a role in God's plan for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that the Book of Mormon is the word of God. I have taken the time to read, study, and ponder the words of this book. I have received comfort, and guidance countless times while reading it's pages. With all the experiences I have personally had with the Book of Mormon I know that it is the word of God, and it is true. By knowing this I have also come to know that Joseph Smith is man called of God to restore His Church in the later days. Joseph Smith through the gift and power of God translated the Book of Mormon to English. I know the Book of Mormon is true, and that the man who translated it is a man called of God. I am a Mormon because of the promise of eternal families. With the restoration of the Church through the prophet Joseph Smith came the restoration of God's power (the Priesthood) to the Earth. When a man and woman are married (or sealed) in the temple, they are together for time and all eternity, and not just till death do you part. My parents were sealed in the temple and so my family is an eternal family. I know that our family bonds will endure even past death. I will be married in the temple one day. I want my own family to be sealed forever. I don't want to just enjoy family bonds here in my life on Earth. I am a Mormon because of what I have come to learn about myself. I know that I am a daughter of God. His literal daughter. He is the literal Father of my spirit. This knowledge has given me comfort and confidence at different times of my life. These are truths I have come to know for myself, and ones that I hold dear.

How I live my faith

As an active member of the Church I see how it effects me through all aspects of my life. On Sundays I attend Church and learn not only about Jesus Christ, but how to be like Him. It shows in how I treat others, in how I communicate, in how I dress, in how I carry myself, and how I treat my body. I choose not to use harsh, crude, and hurtful language. I choose to dress modestly not only out of self respect, but in respect for others. I choose to eat and drink things that will make my body healthy and strong. As a Church member I have accepted callings or assignments to serve others. I have often been asked to be a teacher and during the week will prepare lessons for the members of my class. I have taught youth ages 11-12, young adult women ages 18-30, and Sunday School for young adults ages 18-30. I have personally grown in preparing the lessons, and teaching them. It's easy for me to see the positive influence the Church has had in my own personal life.