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Hi I'm Angela

I was born with a congenital heart defect. I've outlived my doctors' expectations. I'm bionic, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born with a single ventricle - missing the wall between the lower two chambers of my heart. At five weeks old, I underwent the first of several open heart surgeries, including the relatively new Fontan procedure. At nine years old I received a pacemaker and have been pacing dependent ever since. I like to tell people I'm bionic! I come from a strong, close-knit family of five sisters. Eight years ago, I married my best friend in the LDS Jordan River Temple. My husband and I love to cook and experiment with new recipes. We participate in a monthly pot-luck cooking challenge with family and friends, and have made some "award-winning" dishes! We love to play games together, and especially enjoy making up new games or creative versions of old favorites. I love reading, exploring my family history, and visiting new places.

Why I am a Mormon

I have perfect confidence that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me and that His son, Jesus Christ, is my Savior. My knowledge of the Gospel, and especially of the Atonement of Jesus Christ, has given me peace during the hardest challenges of my life. I know that the power of God is on the Earth today, and is held and used by righteous men called by God to act in his name. One example of this is the power to bless and heal the sick. These Priesthood blessings I've received, along with the faith and fasting exerted on my behalf, have been instrumental in the success of my many surgeries and heart procedures over the years.

How I live my faith

I work in the LDS Oakland Temple, serve in my ward as choir director and primary pianist, and have coordinated several church cultural activities in my city. I have also had several opportunities to help lead the music for the children in our ward, which I love. My husband and I enjoy ballroom dancing, and have taught several free classes for the youth in our area.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Our love for our Heavenly Father and our Savior, Jesus Christ, prompt us to devote much of our lives to spiritual matters. We strive to have both individual and family prayer & scripture study each day, to gather for family meals on a regular basis, to spend one evening a week enjoying "Family Home Evening," and to attend our church meetings regularly and give service both in and out of the church. In addition, Mormons also enjoy many of the same exciting and uplifting experiences you might be interested in: music, theatre, camping, gardening, books, movies, dance, athletics, genealogy, travel, and much more. Our priorities shape these interests, helping us to choose activities that will strengthen our relationship with God & our families. Show more Show less