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Hi I'm Vanessa

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in Tennessee. There I gained a love of hiking, rock climbing, waterfalls, and camping with my family, especially my father. My family is wonderful and I have great memories of many laughs, trips, punny jokes, family dinners, and just general fun times spent together. I attended Brigham Young University and studied Information Systems. I was married in 2007 to my totally awesome husband. We moved to Maine, where my husband Willie is from, in 2008. Since then I have worked as a Property Management Agent over 250 units, while running a storage facility of about 150 units. I work in the same office with my husband and two of his uncles. It's really fun to work around family! When we moved to Maine, I still had schooling to do so I transferred to the University of Maine at Augusta and finished my degree in Computer Information Systems. (For about a year of that I was working practically full time and going to school full time while remodeling our first house!!!) Maine is really beautiful, plenty of lobster to eat and plenty of berries growing wild. Summer here is the highlight and lots of time is spent at the lakes and beaches. We have a fun little Pembroke Welsh Corgi. He has TONS of energy and "herds" everything. I like to window shop online, host, decorate, bake, scrapbook, and explore places I've never been. ESPN and HGTV are always on the TV in our home. We're foodies and enjoy cooking and restaurants. We're expecting our first child in Dec of 2011!

Why I am a Mormon

It's simple. I see happiness in my life from being a Mormon. There is a peace and comfort that I receive from the principles of the gospel that is taught in this church. There have been some difficult circumstances and challenges that myself, and my loved ones have experienced in life. I know that I'm not alone in that and that every person in the world has challenges that test them or make them grow. I've seen people react poorly to some of those challenges. Placing blame, becoming addicted to substances that take away their ability to act and think clearly, retreating, becoming violent, becoming depressed, acting irresponsibly with finances. The messages of love and mercy and individual worth that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints gives has helped me understand the way I should use my life for good. God has a Plan of Salvation for his children and Christ marked the path that we should take to receive all the blessings. Some challenges really test us. We have to do the best we can, however when our best is not good enough, our merciful Savior takes our hands and leads us in the direction we're supposed to go. There are things that we cannot handle; he helps us past those points. I love that God leads this church through a living prophet and gives us revelations for our modern day. Our time is so different than Biblical times, and God still cares to direct us in the world today. The Restoration of the Gospel has brought back what was taken from the Earth when Christ's Apostles were killed or died in the New Testament. Recently I lost my father from a heart disease. It was sudden, unexpected, and broke my heart. I know that the things my parents taught me (as Mormons themselves) reinforced what I was taught at church. Those teachings prepared me to deal with the questions about physical death. I know families can be together forever through Heavenly Father's plan and that our spirits will overcome death through Christ.

How I live my faith

I love to work with the youth at our church. As a teenager, it was so important to have leaders who I knew loved and care about me. Now that I have the opportunity to serve in greater capacities at church, I enjoy returning that love to the youth that are where I once was. It's a very important time in their lives, and I enjoy being a part of it. We do service-- stacking wood in here is pretty popular (in Maine in the Winter, it gets really REALLY cold). We go on trips canoeing or white water rafting. We play games like human foosball, kickball, and Dippity, Dippity, Dip. This year we took the kids out to a field and made them live like the Mormon Pioneers for a couple days. We even treked through cow fields, river streams, woods, and LOTS of mud in nonstop rain. They gained a great appreciation for why the early Saints in our church made the trial filled trip to the West. The learned about how to work as a "family" and took care of one another through some big challenges that the leaders set up. Boy, by the end of that trip they were really grateful for jeans and tshirts (they dressed in period-specific clothing the whole time, skirts, bonnets, button up shirts, and suspenders) and hot showers and their comfy beds. They were also grateful for McDonalds drive-ins and having food in 2 seconds instead of prepping a fire, preparing food in the middle of a field, and cooking in a dutch oven... and then waiting. Through all this they all LOVED it!! I'm not putting words into their mouths. They really LOVED it. (I did too actually!) Many kids gained an appreciation for the blessings in their lives, the history of our church, gratitude towards their parents, or learned they they could do hard things and had talents to offer that they had never offered before. The youth in the world are so wonderful. I'm so happy to be part of cultivating the good in the world. They make me want to be a better person everyday. I can't wait to have my own!