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Hi I'm Mandy

I'm an Arizona native. I love speaking Spanish almost as much as playing the piano. I love to learn. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

One of my favorite things is the piano - playing it, listening to it - and now I'm having a great time teaching it to others. I'm also stretching myself by adding the organ and those pedals, which can be pretty intimidating. After serving a church mission in Chile, I've fallen in love with the Spanish language, and I'm fortunate enough to be able to help teach a Spanish class, sharing another one of my favorites. I work part-time doing accounting at an oral surgeon office (yes, it's true, I love numbers!). I've recently started learning to knit and crochet, trying to channel my energy and thoughts in a productive direction after having a difficult miscarriage. I like to always be accomplishing something, progressing in some way, because that's what keeps me happy. I am married to an amazing man who supports me in everything and is my best friend. Family is super important to me, extended family, ancestors, you name it. I enjoy the little things in life and also learning everything I can from this amazing world in which we live.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family, but I have come to know for myself that the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is so true. I have felt and seen Heavenly Father's hand in my life so many times that I could never deny it. I feel His guidance in my life every day, and it is by living the commandments that I am happy. Any time I have started to go in the world's direction, rather than Christ's direction, I can feel the difference - there's not as much light in my life, I feel discouraged, and I'm not as happy. It's not always easy to do what's right instead of what's fashionable or popular, but I've learned that what's cool often is not what makes me happy. It's so much better to try and live as Jesus would, helping others, being kind, improving ourselves, and feeling the Lord's Spirit with us, rather than feeling guilty or ashamed or not of much worth. The simple answer is that I'm a Mormon because I pray and ask to know if what I am taught is true, and I continually receive the answer from the Holy Ghost that YES, it is. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. He organized His Church while on the earth, then suffered and atoned for my sins, and was resurrected, making it possible for me to repent and live with Him again. Jesus Christ has organized His church once again in our day, calling prophets just like was done anciently. I am a daughter of God. Families can be together forever. And this knowledge brings more peace and happiness to my life than anything else I have ever found on this earth.

How I live my faith

In our ward, I play the organ each Sunday in church as the congregation sings the hymns, and to help bring reverence to the meeting. I also help teach the youth, "Young Women" as they're called. I'm the secretary in that organization and it's great getting to know the girls and helping them see their divine potential and how amazing they are and how much our Heavenly Father loves them. We have class each Sunday as well as an activity every Wednesday. There are about 30 girls, which can be overwhelming sometimes, but it's so great. I also "Visit Teach" several ladies from church. This means we visit them at least once a month and share a spiritual message with them, but I love it because they are my friends. I'm so grateful for it because when I moved in I didn't know anyone, but I soon had several friends because of Visiting Teaching. And we're always taking care of each other, helping fill any needs and being there for one another. But my life and my faith are not two separate things, they are combined as one. Every choice I make, the way I treat people, the way I overcome challenges in life, are influenced by my faith: my desire to follow Jesus Christ and to please my Heavenly Father.