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Hi I'm Athena

I love being a wife and a mother. I connect well with people. I find joy in small things. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I sometimes refer to myself as a "semi-jack of a lot of trades"--meaning that I can do a lot of things fairly well. If I want to do something, I figure out how to do it! Life holds so many possibilities. However, excluding my faith and family, there is nothing that really stands out to me as something that I feel passionate about or driven to do. Growing up and at times now, I look at passionate people with a twinge of jealousy. Some people grew up knowing that they wanted to be a doctor, a firefighter, or an artist. I don't know what I want to do! I like to dabble in many things and cherish that I can find joy within so many things. One of six siblings, I grew up knowing that I was loved. I strive daily to help my spouse and children feel of the love that I have for them. I have the blessing of teaching my children in an alternative-learning arrangement with our public school district. This allows me to spend more time with them, be very involved in their education, and enjoy the support of certificated teachers in a more typical classroom setting. Children are so much fun! I share their enthusiasm for life. As a family we hike, play games, cook quite a bit, work in our home and garden, participate in service projects, and laugh a lot. We try hard to keep life pretty simple, but fun!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Mormon faith and always felt it was true. As I have grown, that faith has turned into knowledge. We are all children of a loving God who wants us to have truth. I have found it. My faith provides balance to my life. It inspires me to try hard to improve myself, to be better today than yesterday. The world we live in is cRaZy at times, but with the Gospel I can go forward with faith, perspective, and peace. I know that I am a child of God, that Jesus is my Savior, and that they want me to be happy. I feel blessed to have so much joy in my life because of this knowledge, even through trials.

How I live my faith

For the past several years I have enjoyed overseeing the children's programs within our church. And I love it! Children have such enthusiasm that is contagious. I learn a lot from them and the other adults I serve with. My husband and I strive to help our children feel the Spirit each and every day through prayer and scripture study.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

When I was 13 or 14, I remember a mom in my neighborhood asking me how I felt about the role women played in our church. I was slightly confused. I knew that men and women are equally important and that, although we have different responsibilities, I am a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father. She thought that women were somehow less important within our church. How untrue! My knowledge that I am known, that I am important, and that I have a divine role has only increased as I became a wife to a fabulous husband who honors and respects me, and as I bear and nurture children. Show more Show less