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Hi I'm Andrea

I’m a public health graduate and yogi. I’ve lived in China and Thailand. I love to laugh & find the good in life. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I’ve been a member of the church my whole life. Ancestors on both sides of my family risked their lives to cross the plains of America and come to Utah as pioneers. I was born and raised in Utah because of their faith! I’m the fourth of eight kids, and my big family is a source of so much joy for me. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in public health in 2012, and recently became a certified yoga instructor. I love exercising, photography, and playing the piano. In 2009 I lived in China for four months as a volunteer English teacher. This was an experience of a lifetime. I learned so much about myself and a culture that’s so different from my own, and I have a deep love and appreciation for the wonderful people of China. I married my high school sweetheart in 2012 and love every day I get to spend with him. He is my best friend and makes my life so much more rich. We are finding ways to travel the world together, even as poor married college students, and even had the opportunity to live in Thailand in 2012 doing humanitarian work there. We worked with the hill tribes and immigrants of northern Thailand, helping in areas such as HIV/AIDS awareness, hygiene, and English language improvement. I am always looking for a new craft, project, or recipe, and I believe that I can always be improving myself. I try to live life to its fullest, and I’m grateful for the added light that Gospel truths provide. I serve in my LDS ward as a youth Sunday School teacher.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter-day Saint family, but I am just as much a convert as anyone who learns about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and works to gain a testimony. I love the principles of the Gospel. I love how they help us become more kind, humble and sensitive to our fellow men. I have seen the changes in myself, and love that the Gospel can help me become the best version of myself. I love my family with all of my heart, and it is important to me to know that as we are obedient to the commandments, Heavenly Father has provided a way for us to be together with Him forever. I have lost some very important people in my life, and I cannot describe the comfort I find in the gospel of Jesus Christ that I know I will see them again, and that death is not the end of our lives and families. I’m grateful for guidelines that keep me safe, away from many of the pitfalls that can slow us down in this life. The Gospel makes me so happy, and I want everyone to have access to its light and truth!

How I live my faith

There are a lot of activities that are probably considered just part of life for people my age, such as drinking, drugs or immorality. I haven't participated in any of these and actually I don’t feel like I’m missing out any fun! These beliefs help me keep a clear head in an already perplexing time of life. From a health perspective I am grateful my religion supports and upholds these standards, and I hope to live very healthy into my old age! I choose clothes that are modest yet fashionable, and even alter my own clothes to make them fit my standards. I love music and movies a lot, but have strict preferences for what I will watch and listen to. I stay away from anything that is degrading, profane, or pornographic, and as a result, feel that my entertainment is doing exactly what it should—uplift and delight. Prayer and scripture study are part of my daily regimen, and the Book of Mormon helps me with daily problems. I attend my church meetings and go on regular date nights with my husband. I am completely faithful to him and do not pursue any relationship that would get between us. I work hard to be a good friend, and do service whenever I see the opportunity. I work to develop Christ-like attributes, and try to live to be an example of Him.