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Hi I'm Autumn

I'm an artist, a mother, a writer and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am a published author and a private artist. I love music, prose, and enjoy reading classic authors like C.S. Lewis. I am a mother of 4, and married 20 years. My son has graduated high school, joined the army and will leave soon to serve as a missionary in Nicaragua for 2 years. I am so happy about the good choices he is making. In spite of my being very unstable during his early childhood years, he has really become a strong, happy young man. My three daughters are much younger than my son. I suffered with a terrible mental illness before and after the birth of my son and it took a number of years before I was able to live without medication and was healthy enough to have more children. My husband and I made up for lost time when I was well enough and now have daughters aged 12, 10 and 8. They make life exciting and busy and joyful all at once! Raising girls in a world that wants to define them by all the wrong criteria is tough. I work hard to be an example of self-confidence so that they can feel great about themselves and about who they really are. I am able to work from home as an author and travel ocassionally as a public speaker. My husband and I work with many Amish Communities to implement a natural protocol for mental health based on my own recovery and book that I wrote about it. Our life is healthy and full of adventure!

Why I am a Mormon

I have chosen to be a Mormon many times in my life. When I was sixteen it was a choice based in logic. Having attended Catholic high school, I learned about many world religions and philosophies, and the restored gospel of Jesus Christ just made sense to my heart. When I was barely 21 my mother committed suicide after a long battle with bipolar disorder. Her death broke my heart and shook me deeply and for a long time I wondered if there really was a God at all. But, by now, I was married and had a tiny baby and didn't have the luxury of running away, so I asked the missionaries for help. I determined that in spite of how I felt about myself or my life, I wanted to raise my children in the church. I wanted to believe that by acting the part of a happy person, I would just magically become a happy person! Three more children and plenty of hard times later, in my mid-30's I finally broke. I hit a wall, and found myself very quickly in the middle of the most intense crisis in my life. And once again, I had to choose... This time, I did the hard work. I tore into the scriptures and read about how Jesus had promised those who have faith that he can heal them. I got honest about my upbringing and the pain that I had tried so hard to ignore and laid it all out in long heartfelt confessions to God. I spent hours on my knees and months in limbo as I tried to work out what kind of a person I wanted to be and I did everything I could to show God that I was willing to be healed and changed and helped. This time, I got it right. One more time, I chose to be a Mormon because I learned that the Lord did for us the very thing that we cannot do for ourselves. He atoned for our sins and for every sin that has ever been done to us as well. He can heal broken hearts and change confused or wayward minds. He can help us to feel the way we need to feel, so that we can be the best people we can possibly be. He can save us from ourselves and teach us how to be happy.

How I live my faith

I live my faith first, in my home. Every morning I wake up and take a moment to remember the blessings I have been promised and the promises that I have made to God, and to all of the important people in my life. I study scriptures daily with my husband and kids. We didn't always do that, but it has changed our family as we have learned to take the time out to read and pray together! With all of my kids in school, I am able to focus some time every day in learning more about myself! My work allows me to share the joy I have in the gospel with people who are not Mormon, but who also believe in Christ and it is very gratifying. I love to share things I have learned through my colorful, challenging life! Living my faith is about consistent, daily choices and it's about being happy!