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Hi I'm Angela

I am a mother. I am a foster parent. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been married to my best friend for almost 10 years and we have two wonderful sons. We are unable to have more biological children and have been interested in adoption for some time. In 2010 we felt directed towards adopting waiting children through our states foster system. In February 2011 we were blessed to become foster parents to four young children who changed our lives. They only remained in our home for six months but through the struggles and trials of foster care and having six children under 7 we were able to see the hand of God in our lives. I have never felt closer to the Lord. My husband and I grew closer together as we worked to manage the chaos, I became "less" lazy and more effective, health issues I struggled with improved overnight and I learned to count my blessings. It was hard. Oh, so hard. But we were so blessed and it was worth the growth we experienced. We look forward to future opportunities to foster and eventually build our family through adoption.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a second generation member. My mother converted in her teens, she was required by her parents to wait until she was 18 to be baptized. My father joined a month before his 25th birthday. He accepted the gospel, changed his life and never looked back at his old habits. A year later, just before his 26th birthday, he began serving a full time mission. 30+ years later they are still active and dedicated to the gospel. My parents have made many mistakes but they have been faithful. That faith was my example growing up. They never wavered. I am a Mormon because as I have studied the scriptures and prayed to my Heavenly Father I have felt the spirit confirm to me beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is the true church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being a friend and helping those in need. I used to struggle with anxiety and it was hard to move to a new place and try to build relationships. So when new people move in to the area I make it a point to introduce myself and help them become involved in activities and services. To me living my faith begins with what I do at home, on my own. It is studying my scriptures daily and praying many times a day. This has made all the difference in my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior. It is what has granted me the peace that carries me through hard times. It gives me clarity so that when I encounter someone else experiencing a trial I've dealt with I can listen, empathize and share what brought me peace during that time.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Angela
As children we are constantly trying to show our parents we can do things independently. We want ride our bike ourselves, make purchases on our own, and choose our own clothes. As an adult I want to provide for myself. When something happens to my family, as much as possible, I don't want to rely on others. So having financial reserves and stocked cupboards are two things I can do to be self reliant. When we've been without work or had major medical expenses we have been able to use that "food storage" to reduce our expenses. We have also been able to share some of our supply with neighbors in their times of need. Another blessing of building food reserves is saving money. We have special dietary needs and this year decided to purchase almost two years worth of certain foods we eat the most. Since we purchased so much at once we were able to get it considerably cheaper than we'd have spent at the store each week. We also were protected from unexpected increases in these foods prices. Show more Show less