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Hi I'm April

I am a wife, a business owner, a mother to 10 children. I'm originally from the south but settled down in Arizona. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am now a mother to 10 kids! I didn't give birth to them all. My husband and I were married in 2005 and each of us had four kids from our previous marriages. Since being married we've had two of our own so we have the "Yours, Mine and Ours" thing going. I grew up a Southern Baptist in Mississippi. I have worked some very interesting jobs including being a bank teller, an investment broker, a tour guide at Graceland and a construction worker but my favorite job now is being a stay home mom to my kids and using the knowledge I gained from my other jobs to help my husband run his business. Our kids range in age from 20 down to 9 months old. We have 3 boys and 7 girls. Our family isn't perfect but we have found bringing this many children together has taught all of us a lot about relationships and how to stick together when the going gets tough! It's not always easy but it's our life. My oldest son is currently serving a mission for our church in the South Pacific Islands. I'm an avid bargain hunter and love to coupon shop. It has become a hobby that I love trying to see how great a deal I can get on things for my family. I also love sports, especially college football and NASCAR!

Why I am a Mormon

After the birth of my first son I found myself feeling lost in the shuffle at the church I was attending. I was a young mother, only 18 at the time and I really didn't feel a connection with my Savior. Shortly after moving into a new apartment complex I met my neighbors who were really great. They were a wonderful family and all of the things I wanted my own family to emulate were all of the same qualities they had. I knew there was something different about them but I didn't know what it was. As time passed I began asking her about her religion. I found myself inviting her to send her church missionaries to my home. I knew immediately after talking with the missionaries that there was something different about this church. I felt an amazing spirit that I had never felt before. That was 19 years ago. My life hasn't been perfect since then, I've been divorced, a single mom, battled with depression and health issues but one thing has remained true, I have never been alone. I have a strong testimony that my Savior has been with me through all of the trials and troubles I have faced. I have had a renewed faith as I have read the Book of Mormon many times and have learned more and more about my Savior and his love for me. I have felt myself able to overcome feelings of doubt and worthlessness and understand that I truly am a daughter of God because of the messages in the Book of Mormon and the words of our Latter Day Prophets and Apostles. As I have searched the scriptures I have come to understand a deeper meaning of the atonement made for me by Jesus Christ and understand that I can do all things and endure any trials that come my way. My Savior truly understands me and what I am going through and He loves me and because of that knowledge I have been able to overcome many challenges.

How I live my faith

I look forward to attending church each Sunday. It is truly the highlight of my week and if I miss a week I can really feel a difference. I recently worked as a Sunday School teacher to the youth ages 16-18 in our ward and it was so much fun and I learned a lot from the youth. I am also a visiting teacher and have developed some of my best friendships from the people I visit teach and people who have taught me or who have been my companions. I believe we are all here to help each other and look out for one another so I often will volunteer to help out wherever I am needed. I also have found that reading my scriptures and praying daily by myself and with my husband makes all of the difference in the world to me! We like to have our children get up just a little bit earlier each morning so that we can read the scriptures together as a family and say a prayer. I feel like it gives our children an added sense of divine protection during the day while they are at school and faced with so many challenges. We also set aside time during the week to spend time with our children and do an activity as a family. We set goals for our family and try to emulate four core values that we decided as a family that we all needed to emulate: Love, Honesty, Respect and Loyalty. The biggest way I try to live my faith is just in being a good person. I try to be honest in all of my dealings with others. When people remark to me that I have done something that they wouldn't expect normally from people in society it makes me feel good. It helps me to know I am showing others that there is a better way to live and helps me to know that my Heavenly Father is proud of my actions and hopefully gives me the opportunity to share my religion with others when they notice something different about me. My favorite thing to hear from people is, "You're a Mormon, aren't you?"

How can faith in Jesus Christ influence us in our marriages and family relationships? in our friendships?

One of the most beautiful things about our Savior, to me, was his ability to forgive and to not judge. When we have faith in our Savior, and his example, we will want to emulate that example to others. Family relationships can often be challenging, but I have learned through the Savior's example if we have forgiveness in our hearts and try to understand people, especially those close to us like our husband, wife or children and other family members, it makes it easier for us to have love in our hearts for those people and to not hold grudges when we feel we have been wronged. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

To me, testimony is nothing more than knowledge gained through the exercising of faith of principles of the gospel. Tithing, for example is one principle that the gospel teaches. If I do not ever exercise faith in the principle of tithing and actually give a tenth of my income, it would be difficult for me to ever gain a testimony of whether the law of tithing is actually something that works. Receiving a testimony only comes after practicing the principle and exercising faith to follow the commandments. When we obey the Lord's commandments, we receive blessings. When we receive those blessings, and recognize that those blessings have come from our Heavenly Father, it becomes a testimony to us of following those gospel principles. Everyone is a different place in their lives with testimonies of certain gospel principles, but one thing I have learned is that if I want to gain a testimony of a certain gospel principle, it is necessary first to exercise the faith to practice it. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

We do not endorse any specific candidates or political parties. The members are encouraged to vote, as it is a civic duty and responsibility but to only do so after searching our information on all the candidates, prayerful consideration of where they stand and how their views align with our own. You will rarely, if ever, find any mention in our church of any political candidate or party affiliation and if you do, those statements would be from a member's own opinion and not a reflection on the church's teaching and definitely not in accordance with what we have been asked to do, which is to keep any talk of politics outside of church activities. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

This is something I have researched very carefully because I believe that we are all sons and daughters of a loving God. Having people in my life whom I love but who find themselves struggling with same sex attraction, it has been difficult for me to know what to say or how to react to their criticisms about our church's stance and belief on same sex marriage and homosexuality. Our church teaches love for ALL of God's Children. It does not tolerate anyone being treated negatively. We are taught to treat others as Christ would treat them, however our Church's stance on same sex marriage is that we believe that marriage should be between a man and a woman. Though we may not agree with same sex marriage we still love those who do. It is my understanding that the same sex attraction is not the sin, it is the acting upon those feelings, however that acting upon those feelings also is the same for heterosexual people in the church. All who do not obey the law of chastity, regardless of sexual preference, are held to the same standards. Because the family is the fundamental unit of our church and it takes a man and woman to create life, it is our belief that supporting same sex marriage would be disregarding God's eternal plan for his children. He wants us to be happy. I can think of no greater joy in my life than time spent with my husband and children. Show more Show less

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Members of our church do NOT practice polygamy. Though some media sources often confuse or link us with other groups who do, it has not been the practice of the LDS church since 1890 to allow any plural marriages to take place. Anyone in the church who is found to be practicing plural marriage is excommunicated. One of the tenets of our faith is that "We believe...in honoring obeying and sustaining the law." This is taken very seriously. Though we recognize at different times, throughout the history of the world, the Lord has commanded for some of his prophets to take more than one wife as is the case with Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses and others. At this time, the Lord does not see fit to have anyone practice plural marriage. If anyone does so and calls themselves a "Mormon", they are not being truthful. Though they may believe in some of the same tenets of faith that we do, they do not believe in the gospel in it's entirety as we do and therefore cannot consider themselves as members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Show more Show less