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Hi I'm Angela

I'm a park ranger, a climber, an outdoor enthusiast, a compulsive mover, a wife, a mother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always love a good adventure-- whether it's climbing a splitter crack at Indian Creek, summiting Long's Peak or mountain biking the White Rim Trail. My love for the outdoors led me to my husband-- I knew it was a match made in heaven when we went canyoneering on our second date! He took a little more convincing however. . . ! We both worked for the National Park Service as a rangers and participated in search and rescue operations. Helping someone off a 14,000ft mountain with a broken leg is both complicated, thrilling and rewarding. But the most amazing adventure yet has been the arrival of our first child. After welcoming her into our family I decided to take a break from the Park Service for a while and take care of both my baby and my man (trust me-- in a one room cabin with an outdoor bathroom it's more work than you'd think)! I manage to get out and backpack or climb with our little one, but when we summited the Grand Teton, she stayed home with Grandma.

Why I am a Mormon

Rescuing people off mountains isn't the only kind of service I believe in. For 18 months I journeyed into another kind of wilderness: the concrete jungle of Los Angeles as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While there I got to know and love people from nearly every country in the world (I know, I kept track) and all walks of life and faiths. I was searching for my brothers and sisters who were willing to hear our message of Jesus Christ and read the Book of Mormon, another witness of his divinity, mission and gospel. I knew then and still know now that it can change lives for the better. It can rescue a soul that is broken and answer our questions. I know this because it rescued mine. No matter how hard I try on my own to be the best mom, a great climber, a successful ranger, a true friend and a good neighbor-- I will make mistakes and fall short. Through Jesus Christ we can create a masterpiece of our lives. He can help us create something beautiful and successful-- even and especially where we fall short. He will help us climb any mountain that stands in our path. This is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Moving between two national parks each year makes it hard to feel part of the community. I'm starting to master the nomadic lifestyle and have found ways to serve no matter where I am or for how long I'm there. In one park, I help organize a church meeting and invite park visitors to attend while on vacation during the summer months. In the other I teach young children classes each Sunday. Day-to-day I try to be a friend to others and follow Christ's example: bring some fruit to someone who's sick, talk to the cashier at the grocery store, thank the mailman, play patty-cake with my daughter for the 14th time, mow the neighbor's lawn, talk with the widow next door or feed the many visitors we get at our house.