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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a design student. I'm a Northwest girl. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married two years, and my husband and I are hoping to start a family in the near future. I married young (at 19), but my husband has been my best friend for almost a decade now and our marriage has given us the unique opportunity to build our lives together from the start. I have three passions: interior design, world cultures, and food. I've always enjoyed traveling (both near and far) and I believe one of the best ways to experience a culture is by visiting historical buildings & eating traditional meals. I've been lucky enough to visit several places such as France, Italy & Greece and I have plans to see more. As a souvenir, I always bring back a few recipes from a place so I can relieve my memories and share them with others. I am also an interior design student, combining art and architecture. While I want to stay home to raise my children, I believe an education is extremely important for everyone to attain, including someone who may not have a strong desire to put it into practice immediately. I may be a house wife, but I'm and over-educated one. Everyone should take the opportunity to gain a knowledge of what they love, and find a way to put it into practice, even if you aren't being paid to do so. My other hobbies include cooking, sketching, entertaining friends, improving my home, and whenever possible, trying something new. Whether it's trying an new cheese from the market, reading a new book, or visiting a new continent, I thrive on new experiences.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is centered on family, which is the most important thing in my life. The Church teaches us that a family can be forever, and it is such a comfort to know that no matter what, I have my family to support me through thick and thin. Not even death can break that family connection, and if that bitter trial happens to separates us for a little while, I know that we will see each other again. Also, our homes are considered the primary learning center for our families, both spiritual and temporal, and we are encouraged to teach our children (and each other) good habits from both of these aspects so that we may be better people. Secondly, we believe that Jesus Christ is out Savior, Redeemer and our example in this life. I know that through his words, I can learn to be the best form of myself. I know that I can learn of his teachings through the Holy Bible, from both his ancient prophets and the account of his own life. I know that his teaching continues in the Book of Mormon, which is another testimony of him. Finally, I know I can learn of his teachings for me here and now through the words of our current prophet, President Thomas S. Monson, and though personal revelation that I can receive for myself. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches me that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father, who knows me and loves me. He is aware of my trials and wants me to succeed and be happy. I can speak to him any time I wish through prayer, and that he can speak to me though the scriptures and though the gentle promptings of the Holy Ghost. I know that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints are good, true, and applicable to my modern life. I know that I can lean on the Church though hard times and for support and understanding. I also know that my Heavenly Father cares about me and is watching over me. I'm grateful for the lessons the Church has taught me.

How I live my faith

I am a part of the Church women's organization which provides relief aid to those in our area, regardless if they are a member or not. Often this service is simple, perhaps a homemade meals for a new mother or even just a personal visit to remind someone that they aren't alone. Sometimes though, this service is much more, like providing sanitation packs for a disaster area, organizing blood drives, or caring for a family that may not be able to stand on it's own at the time. Beyond being a service organization, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Women's Organization, or Relief Society, is also a place where the women of the Church can find a friend or mentor, no matter where they are. I have been moving a lot over the past few years and in each new town, I knew I would be able to find friendship quickly because there will always be women like me who care about me and want to get to know me. We meet at least once a week for spiritual learning, but more often than not, we have a few extra meetings each week so that we can help someone in need, learn a new skill, or just take a break and have fun. In the past, I have have served as a Sunday School teacher providing gospel lessons, a nursery worker who teaches and cares for young children so that their parent may participate in church lessons, and in the leadership of the youth organization. Each of these opportunities has challenged me in new ways and taught me new skills that I continue to use now. Beyond my service within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I try to be an example to others of what our Church believes. If a friend or family member has questions about my beliefs, I try to answer them as best as I can, or introduce them to someone who can help them more than me. I do my best to always be respectful of what others believe, while staying true to my own faith. I try to find common ground and friendship with others, regardless of their religion, culture, or personal beliefs.