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Hi I'm Addie

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mom to a feisty little girl, a lifestyle illustrator and writer, and a passionate learner. I think people are fascinating and I'll never stop drawing them! I love a good conversation, making people laugh, exploring nature, and whatever fruit is in season while you're reading this.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon family and always felt in my heart that what I was being taught was good. When I was a teenager and started studying and praying for more personal answers, I truly witnessed God's love for me manifesting in ways I had never noticed before. This young, but strong testimony prepared me for some of the later challenges of adulthood. In recent years I've struggled with chronic depression and anxiety, which run in my family's genetics and surfaced at a very uncertain time in my life. This experience has taught me so much about Christ's connection to all that we go through, and his perfect understanding our our hearts amidst the struggles. As I committed to daily scripture study, prayer, and journaling, I've found many answers to my questions and the strength to open up and ask for help from those around me. I've grown a lot from these experiences and feel deeply that Heavenly Father has allowed me this trial to bring me closer to Him, and to prepare me to help others who may be going through the same thing. I thank Heavenly Father every day for helping me seek the Spirit and find peace. I know God treasures all of His children, and He is training us for something more beautiful than we can imagine. I know He misses us when we forget to communicate with Him. I know He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to this earth to heal our hearts, teach us how to serve, help us to learn and grow, bring us closer to our Heavenly Father, and to prepare a way for us to receive a fullness of joy eternally. I believe that any heart can be softened, and that God knows exactly who we are and exactly what we what we need and when. The commandments exist to bless us and to help us fulfill our highest potentials as divine creations. I know that when we study, ponder, and exercise faith in His Atonement, Christ's grace is sufficient for us to travel through dark places and emerge victorious on the other side.

How I live my faith

I try to celebrate the biggest blessings we all have by capturing them in art and highlighting them visually. I make a lot of illustrations about people enjoying their families, friends, communities, and the environment because these are gifts that we often forget to nurture and appreciate in our distracting world. My family is more important to me than anything. We attend church together each week, read the scriptures, and pray together every day. We're learning more about family history and preserving heritages. We're starting to learn how to use familysearch.org to find lost ancestors. Right now my husband and I are compiling all our college/mission journals and letters into a book together so we can preserve some of our own family history. Opportunities to make big choices in my life have shown me the importance of spiritual direction, and the one place I know I can always turn for that is to the scriptures. Nothing makes me feel more aware of God's love for His children than reading the histories these amazing records contain. Sometimes when I pray it feels like I'm telephoning God and leaving a voice message. But every time I study and ponder the scriptures, I feel like I've picked up His phone call and God answered my question personally. Progressing seasons in life bring new joys and new pains, but having the scriptures in my home and a loving, ordained prophet in our modern world make me feel prepared to say: "Come what may, and love it."