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Hi I'm Andrea

I am the mother of 3 school age children, a wife, a part-time student working towards a nursing degree and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had a great childhood being raised in rural Idaho. My parents were good, hard working, honest people. The older I get, the more grateful I am for the wonderful examples they set. My family was a blended family with a total of 14 kids; I am number 12. I learned from the examples of my siblings that embracing gospel principles such as making family a priority, regular worship and obstaining from addictive substances leads to happiness. When I met my husband who was not a member, he had a lot questions about the church. Since he had many postive interactions with mormons in his life, it was a great opportunity for me to share my beliefs while reminding myself of the blessings of the gospel. He quickly joined the church as he found it such a contrast to the way he was raised without any religious beliefs or direction. As a mother, I am so grateful everyday for the blessing of children; that I have the understanding I do of the importance of raisng some of God's other children. My belief that families are eternal helps me make the most of my parenthood and helps me to have a good relationship with my kids and husband. As a student, I am regularly reminded of the benefits of avoiding alcohol and tobacco as taught in the "word of wisdom". I love serving in the church! I also like to run, enjoy nature, camp, bake, read and volunteer in my kids school.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Mormon church, it is my personal choice to stay active in the church and to follow its teachings. I am a Mormon because the faith helps me live closer to God and his son Jesus Christ; it helps me undestand their plan including the atonement Christ suffered for me and their desire for me to have joy. It helps me understand the scirptures which guide me and helps me keep my priorities in order. It also teaches me what I need to do to have an eternal family with my ancestors, including my parents who have passed away, and the generations before them who inspire me to be better and do better. I can't image a heaven without my children being a part of my family there. Daily life is so much easier with such clear principles laid out. The churches high standards not only influence my decisions but make it easier for me to teach my kids right and wrong when there are so many shades of gray. I hope that this will help them make better decisions now when the consequenses are small and will help them with the bigger choices as they get older. I also really, really enjoy "clean living"! Standards like modesty, choosing uplifting entertainment and media and using clean launguage are little blessings which help me avoid circumstances which could encourage a lower standard than I think I should have as a follower of Christ. I love being surrounded by so many people trying to do the right thing. We are not perfect, but it is super to see people just continue to try to be better and live closer to His teachings. It is inspiring to see so many sacrifice some of their time and talents in serving. There are many blessings which come from the opportunity to give service as well as receive service as others teach or lead. I am constantly uplifted when others share their testimony or how they have overcome trials.

How I live my faith

I live my faith probably much like most LDS faithful. I look forward to attending church each Sunday, my favorite day of the week! Family Home Evening on Monday nights are special to our family as a time when we all plan to be home and have a lesson or activity. There are so many positive entertainment choices in both books and media, that it makes it easy for me to avoid reading or watching things that would negatively impact my testimony or the spirit in our home. I value the opportunity to communicate directly with Heavely Father through prayer. I serve (volunteer) in the youth organization at church, specifically with the girls ages 12-18. I love to be with the youth and other leaders. We host camps and conferences, plan dances, devotionals and other activites to encourage age appropriate relationships between boys and girls, strenghen their testimony of Christ and help them prepare for adulthood, motherhood and leadeship. An important part of the this is helping youth to set and achieve goals in the areas of increasing their faith, having integrity, gaining knowledge in both secular and spiritual things, developing talents and serving in their families and communities. I am in awe sometimes at the devotion and love so many leaders show in helping the youth be the best they can be. I am equally impressed by the strength of the youth who have to stand up for standards which are often very different from or more "strict" than the standards of their peers. The commitment so many have to the gospel is amazing! It strengthens me!