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Hi I'm Adrienne

I am a wife, a mother, a piano teacher, and an aspiring writer. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I met my husband in college and we got married the day after we graduated. The day after our wedding, we drove one thousand miles away from our families to a new city. We have now started our own family. We have three children. I love learning. We are a homeschooling family so that means not only am I a mother for 24 hours a day, I am a teacher too. Although, I can take breaks from the formal aspect of teaching. No vacations from motherhood though.  

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up Mormon in Utah no less. I was baptized, went to church weekly, and lived a chaste life. I did these things because that was the expectation. No excuses. I am so grateful for my parents and leaders who expected so much of me because I see the blessings of a healthy relationship with my husband, my children and my Savior.  While I have never had any major tragedies to overcome, my first few years of marriage and living away from my family were hard and to some extent, lonely. I had to decide if I was the kind of wife and mother I had planned to be. Would I want to come home to me? As I struggled with the intense disappointment in myself, I turned to God. I realized I could not, no matter how many lists, goals, self-help gurus, and talk shows, lift myself out of my rut. I kept trying to be someone else. Finally, my Heavenly Father helped me understand that I am creating my own family not what everyone else advised me, and He trusts me and expects a lot from me.

How I live my faith

My husband and I take our family to church every week. I help out wherever I am needed. Most of the time I play the piano for us to sing hymns. Also, I am assigned two women to visit personally each month. We talk about what all women talk about, family, jobs, marriage, cooking, gardening, movies. But the special thing about these visits are the message I share about Christ or one of His teachings. While it can be a little scary going to someone's house whom I've never met, we always end up being friends, grateful for our shared love of the Gospel.  A couple of years ago I was called to visit a woman who was dying of cancer. She was the most gracious, kind, and spiritual woman I have met in a long time. I probably would not have gotten to know her if not for my assignment. For two years I had some kind of contact with her each month. I miss her. She was a great example.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Adrienne
The people you see at church are like your family. Same people every week, same time. Sacrament meeting, we are all together babies, grandparents, single, married. We all have jobs to do, like teaching the children, teenagers, or adult classes. It can get pretty friendly and exuberant between meetings and after church. If you don't show up, people miss you. When I worship at the temple, I can go anytime it is opened. There is no assigned meeting time, and it's more of a personal choice. Personal because you have to choose to keep your life in line with the standards of the Church, and personal because the only who will miss out if you don't go is yourself. The peace and power and knowledge I find in the temple are real. I can't imagine a more peaceful, lovely place.   Show more Show less