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Hi I'm Mandy

I'm a mother of two and love being a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family is my biggest joy. I have two wonderful children and an amazing husband. I love to cook and especially love to try new recipes. I think reading and going to movies are two of the most fun things to do. And shopping! I preserve jams and fruits and veggies each summer and love giving out baskets of homemade treats for Christmas gifts.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My parents found the gospel through missionaries when they were married, and my sister and I were sealed to my parents when we were young, 3 and 4, I think. I rebeled, as many teenagers do, in high school and college and am so grateful that I found my way back to the church. My husband is not a member, which makes our family different from many LDS families. When we were newlyweds, I had to build my own testimony and realize that going to church was something that made me happy, even though it wasn't a family activity as it had been while I was growing up. My husband is very supportive of the callings I've held and the seemingly endless meetings that go along with them! Having lived for a short while without the gospel has strengthened my knowledge that I am much happier following Christ and keeping the commandments.

How I live my faith

Currently, I am serving as a councilor in our Young Women's program at church. I work with the 12 and 13 year-old girls mostly and love helping them discover hidden talents and learn new skills. Before I was called into Young Women's, I had been in our Primary group for many years, as a teacher and as a leader. Primary is the name of the organization for children in our church--anyone ages 18 months through 12. I love working with kids! Another calling that I hold is that of a visiting teacher. I go out with another lady from church and we visit with three or four other ladies, sort of as a networking/support system for all of the LDS women. It's a great way to make new friends at church and I'm so grateful for this visiting teaching program. It helped me come back to the church when I was in college, and it helps me now that I'm older. One of the biggest things I can do as a member of this church is to serve others. I'm trying to look daily for ways to serve, big and small, and am teaching my children to do the same.