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Hi I'm April

I am a wife and a mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my early thirties, have been married for 3 1/2 years and have a 2 year old son. Although it took a little while to "adjust" to motherhood, I love being a mother. Until about several weeks ago, I also work as a corporate recruiter for a Fortune 100 company. When I used to have spare time I enjoyed things like playing frisbee, playing the piano, and reading. :-) I still enjoy cooking and baking and like to research nutrition.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. It wasn't until I was 17 or so that I wondered if I was still a Mormon because my parents had raised me that way or if I was a Mormon because I believed it myself. It was then I began a journey of self discovery. I looked at many other philosophies and religions and also explored the tenets of my own faith. All the while I wrote down the things I had learned in essays. In my searching, what I found to be unique was the fact that the Mormon religion was one of the only, if not the only, I found that encouraged "questioning". There is rarely a need to simply accept a principle that is espoused by the faith. Members of the faith are strongly encouraged to seek out answers to questions and especially to seek to know that Jesus is our Savior and whether or not this is His Church restored. As I saught answers to these questions, I had, over time, many experiences that confirmed the things I had been taught. For instance, there was one occasion where the Holy Ghost confirmed my testimony of the Savior. I knew He was real and living and capable of forgiving sins. On another occasion, that same Spirit confirmed to me the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. On another, the Spirit helped me know that the Priesthood held by worthy men in our church was, in fact, the power to act in God's name. Those experiences and many others combined over several years to help me realize I was a Mormon because I knew the faith to be true independent of my parents, family or any other individual.

How I live my faith

I attend church on a weekly basis and have ever since I can remember. I have received and carried out many assignments to serve in the Church. When I was 21, I elected to serve a full time mission and was called to serve in Santa Maria, Brazil. I lived there for about a year and a half and taught and served the people of Southern Brazil in Portuguese. I recently received an assignment to over see the young women in our congregation ages 12-18. In that assignment, with the help of several other adult women, we help the young women to build their own testimonies of the Savior and His Gospel,learn leadership skills, and help them to understand better how to live God's commandments. In addition to meeting with them for 1 hour on Sundays for classes, we also help to plan and carry out activities on Wednesday nights and one Sunday evening a month as well, the youth will meet with the leaders of our congregation to receive counsel and instruction.