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Hi I'm Mindy

I'm a wife and mother, a nurse... and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah. I met my husband in a cadaver lab for an anatomy class during our undergraduate education. I obtained my degree in nursing, and my husband is pursuing his medical degree. We have now been married for 6 years, and have two rambunctious and busy adorable boys, ages 4 and nearly 2. I obtained my associate's degree in nursing while living in Utah. We found out we were expecting our first baby just after I started my second year of nursing school, and I had him 1 week after taking my nursing boards. I started a job working in the "Float Pool" at a local hospital where I worked until we moved to Iowa for my husband to attend medical school. During his first year of medical school I decided to go back to school to finish my bachelor's degree in nursing, and did so through an online distance-education program through BYU-Idaho. We also decided to have our second child. I currently work PRN as needed at an Urgent Care Clinic here in Iowa. I also enjoy teaching prenatal water aerobics at our local YMCA a few times a week. I love to be outside, especially with my kids. I LOVE to cook...sometimes more than I should!! You can always find me cooking or baking for someone else. I also enjoy sewing, playing the piano, watching movies, and taking my kids to do fun things. I love hanging out with my husband and kids, we especially love to go for walks, play outside, or play the Wii.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into an LDS family, I had to still discover my own testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In my sophomore year of high school I came to a crossroads that my religion was keeping me from making certain decisions in my life from keeping the Sabbath day holy to honoring the word of wisdom and living by the law of chastity. I finally decided that if I needed to determine for certain whether or not I was going to abide by the guidelines that the church gives...and so I needed to determine if I had my own testimony of the Gospel. So, I took the challenge given in the Book of Mormon by Moroni (Moroni chapter 10), and I read the book from cover to cover and I prayed to know the truth. As was promised, I received an answer, and have strived to live my life according to the teachings of the Gospel. Although I am far from perfect, I take great peace in knowing that the Atonement of the Savior is real, and that it can help me to become perfected through Him. Life is not an event, it is a process. Just like being a parent, spouse, child, or friend. I feel like the teachings of the church encourage me to be the best person that I can be...both here on earth, and also in the life after.

How I live my faith

We live in a small branch just outside of Des Moines, Iowa. I currently have 3 callings in which I serve in our branch member of the branch music committee take turns playing the organ/leading music in sacrament, Primary Song Co-Leader we take turns leading singing time to the children during Primary, and the Compassionate Service Leader for the branch. As compassionate service leader, I try to keep in touch with all of the sisters in the branch and try to organize help where needed...such as child care for a sick mom, or meals for someone who has just had surgery or a new baby. I love each of my callings for different reasons, and absolutely love being involved and serving in the church. The biggest ways, however, that I live my faith are by being an example of Christ's teachings to both children/family, and my friends and neighbors. While I am not perfect, I strive to live the principles of the gospel, better myself, teach my children the Gospel, and be friends to all we meet. We enjoy having others in our home, and are delighted to be friends with people inside and outside of the church.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Mormons are encouraged to be friends with all people, from all "walks of life." As the bible teaches, Love they neighbor as thyself Matthew 1919 is something we believe strongly about. "Thy neighbor" envelops all people, Mormons and non-Mormons alike. In the area where we live, there are many opportunities for Mormons to provide love, support, service, and friendship to many members of our immediate community and beyond. I cherish the friendships that I have with all of my friends. Each person is unique and I value the talents, opinions, and friendships of all whom I come into contact with. Show more Show less