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Hi I'm Vivian

I grew up in New York City and now live in Seattle. I'm a classical music singer and an arts enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the daughter of Norwegian immigrant parents, I grew up immersed in Norwegian culture, while also taking enthusiastic advantage of the multi-cultural feast that is New York City. My parents shared their love of music with me and our life was full of song. I started singing as a tiny child and music has always been a source of joy, creativity and solace. At 19 I spent a year going to school in Norway, a wonderful opportunity to get to know my family there and explore the magnificent Norwegian landscape. After working on Wall Street for a year, I moved to the brilliant tropical paradise of Maui, Hawaii. I loved the beaches and lifestyle, the friendly people, and of course, the music and dance. I was married there and had two sons before we moved to Seattle, Washington. Here I've balanced two careers - one in business and the other as a singer. My repertoire includes opera, art songs, choral music, jazz, the Great American Songbook, Broadway musicals, and ethnic music from around the world - I love singing in foreign languages! The Pacific Northwest is beautiful, with the ocean, lakes, mountains and year-round greenery. Outdoor recreation is great, as are the concerts, plays, museums and other cultural amenities. I'm actively involved in the community, volunteering at homeless shelters, in a park, and for arts organizations. The gospel, my family and friends, and music and the arts are at the center of my life - all bring me true joy and satisfaction. Life if good!

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church by Hawaiian friends while living on Maui. When I heard the story of Joseph Smith's first vision and read his description of it, I instinctively believed it was true. I was also inspired by the lives of Church members I knew. They were friendly and kind, and lived exemplary lives filled with love, gratitude and selfless service. I'm very inquisitive and always have many questions, but the Church has answered more of them than any other religion or philosophy has. I've learned and grown in the gospel over the years, and it has prompted great changes for the better in my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ is a solid rock I can cling to in times of confusion and trouble, and Church members truly are my brothers and sisters, my second family. The Church has given me a clearer understanding of the purpose of life and a blueprint for happiness. It's a blessing that mere words are inadequate to explain.

How I live my faith

My Church activities are an essential and rewarding part of my life, and I'm grateful for the opportunities I've been given to learn, grow and serve. As a singer, I've long served as a music chairperson, choir member and soloist. I've been a Counselor in the Church's Primary program for children, and currently teach an adult Gospel Doctrine class, a source of great satisfaction, since I love to study the scriptures and to share gospel principles with my class. I'm stimulated by discussing matters of religion and philosophy, and the meaning of life, with friends and co-workers, and appreciate the opportunity to explain the blessing that the Church has been in my life. The understanding I've gained through the gospel, of all humanity as the sons and daughters of God, infinitely precious in His eyes, gives me a perspective that fosters empathy, compassion and forgiveness. Though I fall short, I do try every day to live by the gospel's core principle of loving and serving our Heavenly Father and all of his children on the beautiful earth He created for us.