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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am mother of 5, have taught piano since 1996, and manage my children's studios. At BYU Provo I received my BS in Zoology/pre-med/dent and a minor in music. Currently I have a passion for just about anything! Dance, music, sports, family togetherness and friends...Life is so rich and full. People are full of goodness and yet we all need so much. There is so much to learn and enjoy! In recent years, I have had great strength added to my faith. I have experienced the healing power of the atonement through a season of multiple corrections to injuries I had sustained in my earlier years. What seemed impossible to correct, the Lord, in a blessing of healing, said would be whole. Through the experience my faith was definitely tested as what we thought would take 6 months at the onset took about 3 years. In the end, not only have I physically healed, but emotionally and spiritually as well. I feel every day is another chance to be more faithful, happy, meaningful and friendly. I love being anxiously engaged in a good cause, but I also love the quiet moments of reflection and peace we all need every day. Again, having faith in Jesus Christ and living His Gospel has been the most powerful force in my life for healing and happiness. Our family are now reaping some rewards of its effect as we watch our children triumph through their teenage and college years. Truly the Gospel helps us conquer, learn who we truly are, and live up to our privileges in this world!

Why I am a Mormon

I was brought up as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as my parents were both members. I attended church as a child, but we were definitely a minority population at school and in our community. As a young adult finding my way in life, I felt a constant pull to put the teachings to the test, so I did. Applying all I had been taught and searching the scriptures prayerfully, I told the Lord I would give it a try and if it was true I would be committed from then on, if not, I would not bother with it again. All of my prayers were answered directly, clearly and promptly, and by the fourth day of my efforts I confessed to myself I knew it was true and committed my heart. I recognized that as a child and youth I had many experiences where spirit testified of truth along the way. The road isn't that easy to just say it and do it, but as I have stayed faithful the Lord has never failed me. To accept the Gospel is to accept the Savior, acknowledge that we have trials, that they are necessary, and that He provides the best help to peacefully endure and overcome them. The Church provides authority through the priesthood that enables us to make covenants (a two - way promise with the Lord) such as baptism. This covenant is to keep the Savior's commandments and always remember Him. He promises if we do, His spirit will always be with us. This makes so much sense to me. I am thankful that through my trials I have felt this effect of faith many times.

How I live my faith

I feel that getting my day started out right includes studying my scriptures and praying. Setting my compass to the Lord's will has always helped me follow the spirit's guide and feel fulfilled at the end of the day. I also read scriptures with my children daily, praying morning and night and eating together as often as we can. Some of our best times together as a family have been discussing the guiding principles found in the scriptures. The Gospel is about feeling the Savior's love. That is the purpose of His Plan and the commandments. He asks us to repent so we can feel His love and be healed and have the capacity to love and lift others as well as receive their kindness and love. (Needless to say, I do a lot of repenting! - who wouldn't?) I love people...volunteering in the community and at church gives me the opportunity to live this. So many people have blessed my life, I am happy to give back. Formally, I have volunteered with the police force, on a smoke- free coalition and at the schools. At church I have enjoyed teaching the women, teens and children as well as serving in scouts. The Gospel of Jesus Christ unifies people - it erases barriers that otherwise deny us the happiness of getting to know the gifts and talents and faith of all people. I enjoy meeting people of all walks of life, anywhere I go. So many have blessed me in my time of need.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

Andrea
I heard it said once before that not even criminals wake up saying, "I can't wait to damage and destroy myself or someone or something today." All people are in a search for happiness, love and acceptance daily. The law of the land provides a framework for peace and happiness but it can't provide ultimate happiness and not even perfect justice and mercy. Things in our physical world can only provide a level of satisfaction to the intangible souls of men. The atonement is the greatest act of love and power. It takes some time to ponder long enough to feel the intimacy of a God loving us each so individually and powerfully that He would die for us, but taking the time, the promised witness will come. This time is most productive when we go to the Lord in our times of need. Jesus Christ sacrificed his life for us because he knew although it was necessary to gain a physical body and be tried and tested, there was no power in this mortal world that could reclaim our souls from the fall because the laws here apply to this sphere. We, being spiritual, had to be claimed only by a spiritual power, His ultimate sacrifice. The promise that honest seekers of truth can gain meaningful understanding of the atonement by personally experiencing its power is yours. Don't take anyone's word for it - put the atonement to the test and repent, pray about the Gospel, and the spirit will testify to you as He lifts your burdens and guides you through your trials and in your search for truth. Show more Show less