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Hi I'm Andria

I'm a marathon runner, a soccer Mom, a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’m a wife and mother of four. I enjoy being a homemaker and the opportunities it gives me to nurture my children and help them to grow and develop. Before I was a mother I served in the Air Force for 5 years as an intelligence analyst. I met my husband while stationed in Hawaii and we were married a year and a half later in the Salt Lake Temple. In September 2001 our first child was born and I’ve been a stay at home Mom ever since. Running has always been a part of my life. I started as a young girl running along old country roads near my home. Over the years my "roads" have changed from sidewalks, to flight lines to sandy beaches and back to country roads but the lessons I've learned about life and living have remained the same. Running has brought me closer to God and has taught me so much about myself. I run marathons not only for the mental and physical challenge but because I see them as a wonderful metaphor for life. Each time I train for one I'm reminded of the need to push myself past my level of comfort in order to become stronger, faster & better. Running for me is just as much spiritual as it is physical. I also enjoy reading books to my children and I love to write children’s stories. One day I hope to be a published author of children’s books.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the faith and beliefs that I was raised with have been an anchor in my life amidst the trials and challenges I've faced. My personal conversion came about when I was 16 years old. After struggling for many years to overcome a personal weakness, I found myself once again caught in its cycle of addiction. One particular night I was alone in my room, tempted again. Not wanting to give in, (but knowing that physically I could not resist), I fell to my knees and cried out to the Lord for help. As I prayed I expressed my desire to overcome this weakness and acknowledged my inability to conquer it on my own. In that moment of prayer I was overshadowed with an amazing feeling of warmth, love and peace and the temptation left me. In the weeks and months that followed I spent a lot of time praying and fasting as I sought the Lord's forgiveness and pled for his help in overcoming my weakness permanently. I began an earnest study of the scriptures and found particular guidance and comfort as I read the Book of Mormon. The stories and teachings in the Book of Mormon helped me to understand more fully the redeeming power of Christ’s atonement and what I needed to do to access that power in my own life. Within a few months I felt my heart begin to change and the very desires and sinful appetites that once held me captive released their hold on my life as my desire to sin was replaced with a greater desire to serve God and live a good, clean life. I am a Mormon today because the gospel of Jesus Christ has not only helped me to overcome the trials and challenges of my youth but has led me to the feet of my Savior where true hope and healing have come. Because of my faith and beliefs, my relationship with my Heavenly Father and my Savior has grown to a very real and personal level. As I live faithful to the promises I made with them at baptism and in the temple they continue to bless and guide me in my life.

How I live my faith

I have made a habit in my life of reading the scriptures (including the Book of Mormon) and studying the words of prophets and apostles every day when I wake up. I also pray to my Heavenly Father each morning and ask him to bless me and guide my path that day. During the day I try hard to follow the example of Jesus Christ by treating others with kindness and respect and by holding myself to a high moral standard in the things that I do and say. I try to do the things that Jesus would do and look for opportunities to give service in my home, my church and community. Often throughout my day He will give me promptings to do or not do things and when I follow those thoughts and feelings that he places in my mind and heart I find that my day goes so much better. Even with my best efforts I frequently fall short as I strive to live my life in a Christlike way. I hate it when I lose my temper with my kids, let pride enter my heart, or am impatient with others. But when I make mistakes it humbles me and constantly reminds me of my need for God in my life. At the end of each day I know that I have the opportunity to approach my Father in heaven in prayer as I seek His forgiveness of my sins and shortcomings and ask for His help as I strive to overcome them and do better. Following this pattern of faith has led me to grow closer to the Lord and has helped me to develop into being the kind of person He wants me to be. I also attend church each Sunday and volunteer my time as the president of a youth organization in my congregation at church. I plan weekly activities and teach Sunday lessons for the young women ages 12-18 years old. Through this service and personal interaction with the girls I hope to encourage them to turn to God and live their lives in the way that He has asked us to live, because I know from personal experience that if they do, they will find peace, happiness and contentment.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Yes!!! Having faith and believing that God has given us a living prophet for our day is one of the things that I love MOST about this church. I believe in the importance of reading the words of ancient prophets (recorded in the scriptures: The Bible and Book of Mormon) and applying those principles to our lives. But it is so reassuring to me to know that through the restoration of His gospel God has given us a prophet for OUR day. To me it just makes sense. There has never been a time in the history of the world when man has NEEDED a prophet more than in the world we live today. This world can be a very confusing place, even for Christians who are trying to follow God's will. It can be challenging to know how to live the gospel of Jesus Christ as it pertains to our modern world and its modern situations. Having a living prophet gives me so much peace and assurance because I know that if I follow the words of His prophet I will be able to make decisions that will help me safely navigate my way through this life. Just as in ancient times, those who followed the prophet found safety and peace, I know that when I follow the counsel of our living prophet I am doing what the Lord would have me do. Show more Show less