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Hi I'm Audrianne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My absolute favorite activity is to laugh. I think laughing can cure almost any problem. I'm a teacher at heart. I graduated in Elementary education and taught full time for a year, but was so frustrated with the system that I left and now try to find other ways to teach. I'm a writer. I'm passionate about poetry in particular. My philosophy on poetry is that if only the intellectual elite understand it, then it's not that great. I think its purpose is to connect to other humans in a really powerful way, so they know, "hey someone else felt that too." When I feel that in a poem, it's like a bolt of lightning. Billy Collins is a particular favorite. I love yoga. No exercise has ever made me feel that good. I love music, piano, violin, guitar, singing. I love sitting around with my family playing and singing. I love hiking and being outdoors. I'm currently trying to get better at cooking, especially healthy stuff. I'm organized. I'm addicted to sugar. I'm a bit of a perfectionist. I value honesty with a passion, being honest with yourself. I'm passionate in general and get a little intense when I talk about things I care about. I can’t say the pledge of allegiance or sing the national anthem without crying. I'm the wife of a Colombian and the mother of the cutest little boy in the universe. I consider being able to watch his childhood one of the greatest blessings and miracles in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up I was a Mormon because my parents were Mormon and my grandparents were Mormon and my great grandparents were Mormon. They were good people and I trusted what they told me. By the time I was a freshman in college, I was tired of just trusting them. I wanted to do what I did because I really believed it and not because I was too scared to go find out the truth. I prayed a lot and tried to find out for myself if this religion was everything it claimed to be. I didn't get the answer I wanted, but I kept living it because I knew it taught good principles and I believed it was true. So I kept asking and kept praying. Over the past decade, I have had the experiences I needed to know myself that the Book of Mormon is true. It wasn’t immediate and I had to wait. My testimony is pretty simple. It's not based on an "answer" in the form of an angelic messenger or words in my mind or a specific moment. It's based on watching the gospel happen in my life, having the words and principles in the Book of Mormon light up my mind, seeing promises made in the Book of Mormon be kept. It's based on seeking the Lord enough, and wanting His will enough in my life to really turn to Him and watch the spirit take over and make me more than I am. And when that happens it's undeniable. When you're suddenly patient when you're not usually patient, when you can forgive when you haven't been able to forgive, when you love when you didn't know how, when you feel peace and security and confidence coming into your life as a result of really studying and pondering that book, when you feel Christ taking over in your life, that experience is undeniable because it's so beyond your own ability. No one needs to tell you it’s true at that point. When you finally feel that, you realize that you're nothing without Him and you want Him more than you want anything else. I know it's true because I've experienced it. And I waited a long time to be able to say that.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to keep balance in my life. I try to make sure I spend time in all the important areas of life like seeking the Lord through prayer and scripture study, making personal goals for improvement, playing with my little boy, serving in the church, helping people, trying to take care of my body with good food and exercise. Recently I've been serving in my church in the young womens organization which is girls age 12 to 18. I have loved being around them as they are starting to make all the big decisions in their lives. I'm definitely passionate about teaching the youth. I have tried to be an example of truth in a world that tells them so many lies. I've tried to share my experiences to hopefully make their lives easier. I’ve also recently realized the importance of seeking the spirit not just when you pray in the morning or go to church on Sunday, but every moment of every day. Not just because we’re supposed to do that, but because I've seen how much better life can be if you’re really with God instead of trying to do it on your own. Learning how to turn to Him in everything and being willing to put Him first is how I try to live my faith.