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Hi I'm Chandra

I grew up in Missouri and now I am a wife and mother of 5 in Arizona. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a degree in Occupational Therapy, and enjoyed practicing for six years until we started our family. My husband is Canadian but we met in the states. We have one daughter, our oldest, followed by four boys. Raising our kids brings me great joy. It's the simple blessings that bring me the greatest happiness on a daily basis. The laughter and the love I share with my husband and children is the sweetness that fills my busy days and makes the rushing around and the less perfect moments all worth it. I am not a fantastic homemaker, but I enjoy being the main organizer and planner at home. I also love a good walk, especially if I can go with a friend and relate and visit as we go.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was befriended by Mormon neighbors at the difficult time of losing my mother, who passed away when I was five. Those neighbors introduced us to missionaries and we soon joined the church. I remember the happiness I felt on my baptism day. We didn't always make it to church, but I remember feeling loved and welcomed whenever I was there. I remember admiring my leaders at church growing up and wanting to be like them. It was as a young adult, though, as I experienced the loss of my brother, that I had to figure out if I really believed what I professed to believe. I remember one evening, as I got on my knees in prayer, I felt an assurance that was undeniable, that the things I had been taught as a Mormon were true, of a loving Heavenly Father who had a plan for me, of a Savior who atoned for my sins and suffered all things that he might be able to carry me through my sufferings, and of a restored Gospel with the fullness of His teachings on the earth through the Bible and the Book of Mormon, as well as a prophet in these latter days. I was so grateful for that assurance at a time that I needed it most. I returned to church after not having been for a while, and I felt more at home than ever. Soon after that experience, I met my husband and quickly felt the assurance that it was right for me to marry him. That time in my life has become a foundation of faith for me during other trials. I am a Mormon, quite simply because I know that the Gospel is true.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by seeking the Lord's guidance each day and living in a way that I can be receptive to the thoughts that come from Him. I can't say that I always do this perfectly, but the Lord is patient, and he makes up for where I lack when I look to Him. I have enjoyed various opportunities to serve at church and I trust that whatever I am asked to do at any given time, will be for my growth, and can hopefully benefit others as well. I love the way having a calling at church keeps me on my knees, trying to seek the Lord's Spirit to understand His will, as I go about participating in His work. As a family, we try to live our faith each day by praying together. My husband and I try to teach gospel principles each day by having family scripture study and encouraging our older children to have personal prayer and scripture study on their own. My favorite family studies are when we successfully apply what the prophets in the scriptures are teaching by sharing and discussing our own personal daily experiences.