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Hi I'm Miranda

I'm a Colorado native and finally back to the state I love. I'm a musician, a gardener, an optimist, and a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up close to the mountains in suburbia Denver. I imagined myself having a very "normal" life in my eyes. My mom and dad were supportive and I had a positive influence from good friends. It seems, however, that no matter your upbringing, tragedy can happen. Our family was affected by the loss at Columbine High School. I experienced loss during and after my own divorce. I experienced loss due to my own mistakes. Some pains I've experienced were definitely of my own making, and others were completely out of my hands. I've learned I can either choose to be bitter or better after tragedy, and I'm a strong advocate of the latter. I've lived in northern Idaho for a few years and loved every minute of it. What a gorgeous landscape! I also lived on a Honduran island and got to know the generous people of that little-known area. My jobs have included waiting tables at Red Robin and at Applebee's (I'm partial to their boneless wings and BBQ sauce). I'm now customer service supervisor at a local bank. I enjoy making people happy and changing their circumstances within my ability to do so, whether that's with food or by helping with finances. My husband and I have been married for a little over a year, and we're so grateful for each other. We've both been divorced and so we know loss, but we use that to better our relationship - we don't take each other for granted and we let the little stuff slide. We're looking forward to having a family and one day buying a house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the LDS church, and I've been a Mormon ever since. I feel that every trial I've been through has been an opportunity for me to test what I was taught. After years of testing, I had experienced so many positive reactions of putting my Mormon faith to the test that I no longer questioned its truthfulness. It just made sense for me to believe, because things always worked out and I always felt good about it. In 2008, I received the opportunity to really put my faith to the test. Less "test," really, and more "final exam." My marriage of 7 years ended in a divorce, and I was devastated. At the time, the sense of loss wasn't someTHING to work on or get over; it came in waves, crashing down just as I took a breath. My life was suddenly overwhelming and exhausting. I spent many hours counseling with my parents and my bishop, who each encouraged me to remember my potential for good and look to the future. But each morning, I woke up to a different future than I had dreamed about. It seemed the more I struggled to heal and move on, the more I hurt from the fact that I could never go back to the life I had envisioned. In the background of my mind, I believed in the healing power of the Savior. I was praying, fasting, going to church, serving others... but nothing took the hurt away. I believed so intensely that what I was doing was right - it WAS right, but that belief, however, was simply not enough. I remember the evening that my faith became more than belief. I was on my way home from work and realized that I hadn't thought about divorce for the entire afternoon. (It had been seven months since "divorce" became a part of my hourly thoughts). My mind paused at that realization, and then an impression filled my mind and impacted my soul with such force: I knew - KNEW - that my Savior loved me, and I KNEW that there was a light at the end of this journey. He had been with me every moment. I'm a Mormon because I love Christ, and I know this is His church.

How I live my faith

I have had the most fun working with youth. I've helped organized girls' youth camps and mentor those girls in faith-building experiences. I know that young women everywhere are designed for great things, but getting them to have these same expectations of themselves is where the work is. I love seeing their eyes open to thoughts of self worth and divine potential. Currently, I assist in planning and conducting activities and lessons for our women's group. One of my favorite responsibilities is helping women get food or other necessities they might be in need of. I feel that the world needs more women who unite in sisterhood and faith, and I love serving my sisters in the world. At work, I live my faith by being open to the faith and belief of others. This might sound counter-intuitive, but being a minority in my religion has led me to understand that tolerance and love is one of the greatest ways I can live the "gospel of peace."