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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a happy wife and mother of 3. I love reading, singing, acting, playing violin, working out and being outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am currently raising three beautiful children with a wonderful, smart, funny, hard-working husband. Being in a family has brought the greatest challenges and greatest blessings of my life so far. I was a somewhat shy child who loved school and loved reading and neither of those loves has faded over time, though I haven't been a student for many years. I am doing what I can to pass those loves along! I started playing the violin when I was 9 and that was my main focus for many years, aside from school. When I was a sophomore in high school, our family moved to a small town that had no orchestra in the entire town. I ended up joining drama and choir at my new school to help fill that void, and I found a new passion that I would have never known about if we hadn't moved! I ended up with a BA in Music (Vocal Performance, with secondary studies in violin). My minor area of study was English, of course, because I got to read and think and write. I loved every minute of my college experience! I also performed in many plays and musicals throughout high school and college and even a few after college, while continuing to play in orchestras and study violin. I would love to go back to school or join a theater group or orchestra again some day, but in the meantime, I have found great joy and satisfaction in this new chapter of my life. I like to spend my "fun" time reading, watching movies, going to the theater, eating, going to the gym, and spending time with friends and family!

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints as a teenager and my father was baptized in his early twenties. They had eight children together, plus my wonderful brother from my mother's first marriage. My parent's never hesitated after joining the church, but became fully dedicated as new members. Consequently, the church was a big part of my life growing up and I knew how important it was. We were always very active as a family. Even so, I had a period of several years in my late teens and early twenties when I was not active in the church. I was always looking for truth during that period of my life though, reading and studying about other religions and philosophies. Every time I read or learned something that I knew in my soul was true, I would compare it to what the church had taught me and I would inevitably find that those same truths were already contained in the teachings of my childhood church. After a personal tragedy occurred in my life, my oldest brother read to me from John 7:17: "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I realized that in order to receive a testimony, I would have to exercise some faith and do the things God required of me. I began by rereading the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants and going to church regularly. In time, my testimony was again strong and thriving. About a year later I was able to attend the temple and receive the blessings there. The Gospel of Jesus Christ has continued to provide purpose and direction for me in this life. I know that there is much truth and goodness that can be found in other churches, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints surely does have the full truth. I truly and absolutely love being a member of this church!

How I live my faith

Because of my background in music, I have spent a lot of time organizing choirs and musical performances as well as performing music for our congregations. I have been a choir director and play violin and sing as often as I can. I love the hymns of the church. Sometimes, where words cannot quite express how I feel about the gospel or about my Savior, a song can. My very favorite way to share my own beliefs is through music. However, the Lord wants us to learn many things and asks us to serve in many different ways, so currently, I am the president of the women's organization for our congregation. I love serving in this way because it has given me a chance to get to know so many different, wonderful women. I get to see how these great women serve, support, and reach out to one another. I love being able to see the good that people are willing and anxious to do for each other. That's what I do at church right now, and I know that it is important work. More important than that, is what I do in my home, to strengthen my young children and my relationship with my husband. We pray together often, we read scriptures together, we go to church regularly on Sunday, we try to take time to teach our children about the gospel and help them to gain true testimonies of their own, I go on regular dates with my husband. I am not a perfect parent or spouse, but I am trying to use the tools the Lord has given me. As a family, we can live good and happy lives in this challenging world! Between what we do in our home and what we learn as fully participating church members, I feel the Lord has provided us with the best possible chance.