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Hi I'm Mandy

I am a wife, mother, daughter, and friend. I love to smile. Fall is my favorite time of year. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My thoughtful, kind, talented, amazing husband and I have three wonderful, amazing children. I am blessed to have the opportunity to stay home with them. Lots of people have told me "You're so lucky to get to be a full-time homemaker," and I am! However, it takes a lot of hard work and sacrifice to make that happen. My husband and I have both given up a lot to accomplish this. I truly believe that being a wife and mother will be the greatest accomplishment of my life. I try everyday to be the best I can. I love to cook, bake, sew, read, volunteer at my son's school, teach, learn, shop, garden, and go on walks with my family and our 105-pound giant dog. Fall is my favorite time of year because it brings temporary relief from the intense Arizona heat. Flowers, smiles, and my family's laughter are a few of life's blessings that bring me joy.

Why I am a Mormon

There comes a time in each person's life where he or she will be faced with a situation that will bring to light the question, "Do I believe in Jesus Christ, and his gospel, or not?" These moments can be big or small, but they inevitably will come. My moment came a few years ago when my mother passed away pretty young from a rare cancer. As soon as the question even formed in my mind, my entire soul cried out "Of course! Of course I believe! I have seen and felt too much, and received too many blessings from God to doubt." Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me personally. This is the only complete gospel. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith everyday both individually and through trying to teach my children. I read my scriptures, pray, and try to be a good example. As a family, we have family prayer, teach our children the scriptures, and continually remind them to treat others the way Jesus would want them to. We look forward every week to "Family Home Evening" - a time each Monday when we formally gather as a family to share what is going on in our lives and activities, and to have a lesson. With young children, we are never sure what is going to be said or done. We can be right in the middle of a lesson about Moses, and our daughter will tell us how it would make her sad if she had to put her baby doll in a basket on the river because it would get wet and lost. This will prompt my son to tell us a story about how he had a dream that he was swimming and then all of a sudden he started flying, or something equally random. Before you know it, the baby starts babbling, too, and we are completely off topic. We sure have fun together, though! At church, I teach the 12- and 13-year-old young women. I also support my husband as he teaches and leads one of the two men's groups. Everyday, I strive to live the commandments and Gospel principles. I am not perfect, but I do my best. I am so grateful for the blessing of the Atonement so that I can repent and continue to try to be what my Savior and Heavenly Father want me to be.