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Hi I'm April

Born in Arizona, grew up in Colorado and Wyoming, went to college at Brigham Young University in the 1980s. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work for a large health insurance corporation in summary plan booklet production, but I dream of being a published writer. In recent years, I've enjoyed taking a bunch of writing classes, and I've written most of two novels and am currently working on a nonfiction book project that has involved my interviewing people of other faiths--mostly friends and acquaintances of mine--and attending their churches with them. My interests include reading, writing, movies, live theater, art, architecture, cooking and eating, music, community service, bicycling, dancing.... I am a recovering televisionaholic, so I don't watch television if I can avoid it. I am enormously tall--6'2"--from a birth family that is similarly tall, and after a long life (born November 1964) without much romance, I've recently become engaged to a wonderful, kind, intelligent man--we will be married in November of this year (2013). My father and my unmarried brother and I share a house, and we spend a lot of time together and with my mother, who lives in a nursing home because of her chronic debilitating illness; I have two other brothers who are married and have children. I've lived in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and Virginia, and I love Colorado! The climate, the culture, the local theater scene, the bike trails, the Denver Public Library, the different Art Walks....

Why I am a Mormon

My parents each joined the church in Arizona in their teens, met there, and married in the Mesa LDS temple. My brothers and I have been raised in the faith, but even when I attended Brigham Young University, I was sorta along for the ride and not particularly convinced that my religion was all that it claimed to be. I always kept the standards, though, and attended church and accepted and fulfilled "callings" to teach and to lead, and during the five years I lived in the Washington DC area and served in the young women's organization in an Asian branch (mostly Cambodian and Vietnamese people), my testimony continued to grow "line upon line, precept on precept," until today I can say I believe wholeheartedly, and I can recognize the whisperings of the Holy Ghost. My faith has brought me joy through service and association, and peace because of all the big questions that are answered in the doctrines. I love the Bible, and I love the Book of Mormon and other writings.

How I live my faith

I currently serve in my local congregation as a Cubmaster, so I'm learning all about the Boy Scouts and hanging out with 8-, 9-, and 10-year-old boys and their families once each month at the Pack Meeting. In the past I've served a lot with young women and as a local missionary, a single adult committee representative, and a leader in the women's organization. I am a big believer in community service, and I try to participate in good causes outside of church, too, such as delivering for Meals on Wheels, serving lunch at a local homeless shelter, and acting as a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters. Like most adult women in the church, I monthly (along with another woman who has the same assignment with me) visit women I've been assigned to check in on and give a spiritual message; these visits help me to develop better relationships with women in the congregation, and to be able to assist them and their families in times of struggle.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

The most compelling part of our belief in my mind is the conception of God as Father, and the accompanying belief that all of us on earth are His children, known and loved by Him. Our conception of the Godhead is different from what I've learned of other faiths, but I feel quite sure of it and comfortable that it conforms with the teachings of the Bible: Christ is God's Only Begotten Son, a separate being from God the Father, but one in purpose and attributes and goals with His Father. The Holy Ghost is the third member of the Godhead, and His mission and purpose is to testify of God and Christ and of all truth; His nature as a spiritual being enables Him to communicate with my spirit and yours. Show more Show less