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Hi I'm Connie

I'm a mother, wife, amateur photographer, college graduate, avid reader and child advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother and wife before all else. I was only a freshman in college when my husband and I were married, so we have spent our entire nearly 8 year marriage in undergraduate and graduate school. It has certainly not been easy to work, be in school and have children but we feel it is well worth the effort. I have a strong desire to help and educate children and have worked in the child care field, most recently teaching preschool in my home. Children can be a lot of work, but they have so many qualities and are a great example of how we all should be. They really are our greatest examples! I have recently gotten into photography and take more pictures than necessary of my kids and anyone willing to let me practice. I just love to capture the little moments in life because I believe it's the little moments that matter most.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I have a strong and unwavering testimony of Jesus Christ. I remember being in church on Easter Sunday as an 11 or 12 year old listening to a hymn about the Savior and I knew in that moment with out a doubt that He was everything I had ever been taught he was. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints teaches of a loving, kind, meek, and gentle Savior that gave his life for each and every one of us, so that we can turn to him and overcome all things in life.

How I live my faith

Currently I am teaching the 5 year old Sunday school class. These little children are so full of faith and light. They are such a joy and I probably learn more from them than they do for me. In the past I have worked in the women's organization and with the missionaries. These opportunities to serve in the church help me reach beyond myself and my own needs and gives me a chance to think of others and serve as Christ would.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

The Mormon lifestyle is centered on family and progression. This past year my husband was a graduate student. He pursued a degree in Public Administration and went to school each day, studied, and worked hard. At the end of the day he spent as much time as possible with our family and often spent an evening each week or a few hours on Saturday doing service in the church. While he was busy with school each day I spent my days with our children. I babysat a little and had a preschool in our home to help earn a little money. Mostly we spent our days going to story time, museums, play groups, gymnastics and other child centered activities. Our weekends were spent with each other cleaning the house or the car, running errands together, going to the park and just being together as a family. We spend our evenings watching movies together, working on little projects or reading. Some of our favorite dates have been going to concerts U2 was our favorite!, plays, and to a shooting range. In many ways our lives are very similar to everyone else but there are some differences. My husband was one of only 3 married students in his program of over 100 students. While many of his cohorts spent their weekends partying and relaxing he spent his taking care of children and going to church. Show more Show less

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

Having faith in Jesus Christ has really been the key factor to the success of our marriage. Because both my husband and I have chosen to rely on the Savior through prayer and action we make a conscious effort each day to treat one another and our children with the love and kindness that Jesus Christ would. Of course we are not perfect and we often make mistakes and sometimes treat one another less than kind, but because of our faith in Jesus Christ we are more willing to forgive and help each other become better. We turn to our Heavenly Father in prayer whenever there is stress in our marriage or family and that willingness to become humble helps us to overcome those things and strive to build better relationships. Show more Show less