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Hi I'm Avery

I grew up in California and Brazil. I'm a stay at home mom of 3 amazing children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 5 children. I grew up in California and moved to Brazil when I was 13. I attended an International high school and met other kids from all over the world. I learned portuguese and fell in love with a different people and culture. After high school I went to BYU and studied Special Education. I love working with children with special needs. I got married after my sophomore year of college to the most wonderful person and we have 3 kids, 1 boy and 2 girls. Our second baby girl was born with a severe congenital heart defect, HLHS, and Turner Syndrome. She has fought through two open heart surgeries to survive and is thriving today. Being a stay at home mom is sometimes the hardest job in the world, but the moments of happiness and joy from loving my little people so much is SO worth it. I love to spend my days with the people I love.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a home where I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ. I had many experiences as a child and teenager that made me feel like I was a part of something much bigger than just this life. I was taught that I was a child of God and that He loved me and wanted me to return to live with Him after this life, and I felt in my heart that that was the truth as I prayed to Him. Prayer really was how I came to know all the truths that I know. When I lived in Brazil with my parents and my brother, I got to be a small part of the missionary program of the church. I was able to feel the spirit of the message the missionaries were sharing as I got to be around them and knew that it was the truth. When I became a mom, my heart understood love on a whole new level. When my second daughter was born very sick, I was told to expect that she would not live very long. She struggled for her life for an entire year. I prayed more than I ever had before in my life for comfort, strength, and direction. I knew I had a Father in Heaven that loved me and listened to me. Being a 'mormon' is everything to me. I would feel lost without the truths that I know. Life can be very hard, but no matter what, I have so much HOPE and HAPPINESS because of what I know. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to be active in the community and help where I can. I believe in treating others the way Christ treated others when He lived on the earth and strive to follow Him. Service to others brings happiness. We are actively involved in local and national support groups for heart defects and other programs for children with life threatening illnesses. We have made many wonderful bonds with people going through similar situations as ours. On Sundays I have the opportunity to teach a group of women when we meet together. We share struggles, triumphs, life's lessons and experiences. We are all from different places and are different ages, but we have so much in common and so much to learn and gain from each other. I cherish my associations with them and the service I can give and receive.