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Hi I'm Mandy

I'm a dual citizen of the USA and Canada, a registered nurse, a mother, and a Mormon.

About Me

Although I was born in Utah, I consider Virginia my home because that is where my parents and siblings live. I married a good hardworking man and we moved to his hometown in Canada. We have two loving beautiful daughters. I work as a registered nurse in a small town emergency department an hour away from my home. My husband and I have opposite schedules so that one of us is always home with our daughters. We do have some time together and I'm happy to say that I love (and like) my husband much more than the day I married him. I look for beauty within and beauty without. Beauty within means to me to have moral strength to do what is good even when it is seemingly inconsequential. Beauty without means to me to create things or situations that will be bring joy to yourself and others. I try to create joy in my life by singing, playing cello, creating with power tools, taking pictures, dancing, and living my faith. I accept that someone will be better at what I do and I will fail more than I would like, but that does not stop me from trying.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both have strong faith in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, so naturally I was raised in this church. However, there were few members where I grew up and where I live now. People challenge my beliefs and I cannot be a passive member of the church. No matter what people said about me or did to me, I knew I was a daughter of God and that He loved me. I knew my family and my home was my safe place. I've learned the difference between intellectual decisions and inspired directions. Inspired direction has always given me better results than any intellectual decision of mine. I've gained my own testimony of God the Father, His Son, and the Holy Ghost. This is His church and my life is infinitely better because of it.

How I live my faith

Sometimes is very difficult to be so far away from my family. My grandparents all died by the time I graduated from nursing school and I wish I could have spent more time with them. Both of my parents have serious health issues. One of the issues is that my mother has multiple sclerosis. Perhaps if I was around my parents more, the changes over the years wouldn't be so shocking to me. I wish I was closer to care for my parents, be supportive of my siblings, and make memories together. I find comfort in my faith that there is more to this life than our brief existence on Earth. I have more hope and happiness when I live my faith. When disillusionment and misery creep into my life, I know I have to work on bringing Christ back into my life again. I do this by little decisions, like putting on good music, refraining from gossiping, praying, studying His teachings, and being kinder to others. The world has too much darkness and I want the light of Christ in my life and in the lives of those I love.