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Hi I'm April

I love to laugh. I love to sing. I love to be loud. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a big family, being the youngest of 8. I have 6 brothers, 1 sister, 5 sister-in-laws, 7 nephews and 8 nieces. I love it! Our family parties get pretty crazy and loud, but I wouldn't trade it for anything different. Currently I am preparing to serve a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for 18 months in Jacksonville, Florida. I am very excited to share what I know with the world, and to serve those who are in need. Until then, I am working at Jamba Juice, the best job ever, and hope to work there again when I return home from my mission. I've worked there for 4 years and wouldn't want to work anywhere else. I am also studying Holistic Health (don't feel bad if you don't know what that is... a lot of people don't..) which incorporates herbal/ alternative medicine, preventative health using nutrition and more natural practices. Although I hope to help people using this education without making money, because I will want to focus on being a mom and raising my children. My life isn't too planned out yet, but I am just going where the Lord wants me to go and doing what He wants me to do. I love to sing, smile, laugh, spend time with my friends and family, exercise, run, dance, make food, talk, serve others, shop, work, be productive, learn, read, and strive to be more like My Savior. I love to be an open ear to a friend in need, but also love to chat away. Most of all I love being Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, but didn't truly gain a testimony for myself until I was about 13. I had an experience at girl's camp that testified of the reality of Jesus Christ's Atonement. It's not a miraculous, long experience, just short and simple. We went on a hike as a group and the teacher was playing a song that depicted Jesus Christ's crucifixion. He invited us to wash each other's feet, as the Savior had done for His apostles while He was on the earth. My dear friend came over to me and started washing my feet. Right then I knew the Savior's love for me and that He lives and He truly is the Savior of the World. I have had other experiences that have confirmed the truthfulness of this church over the past few years, but that is the first one I can remember. I know that this church is the only true church on this earth. I know that it is led by the prophet Thomas S. Monson and his apostles who are true men of God. I know that our Heavenly Father loves us and does hear our prayers. That He knows who we are, knows our pains, trials and fears as well as our accomplishments and joy. I know that Jesus Christ is the only Begotten Son of God, that He took the worlds sins upon himself, and made Himself a sinless sacrifice for men. That He was obedient to His father and fulfilled His mission on this earth, but also that He was resurrected and still lives. I know that families can be together forever through the power of the Holy priesthood, in the Lord's temples. I know that temples are truly houses of the Lord. I know that we can receive personal revelation through earnest prayer and seeking answers. I know the Book of Mormon is a true word of God, along with the Holy Bible being translated correctly. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Lord and was called to bring this church back to the earth. I love this gospel and I don't know where I would be without it.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being an active member. I go to church every sunday, attend activities for young single adults, I attend the temple to do service, I participate in service activities for the local community and neighbors, and I try to do my best to befriend everyone I meet. I take every opportunity I can to share what I know with others and try to be there for anyone who needs my help. I have had opportunities in the past to visit those who are afflicted and serve those who just need a hug or a friend.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

April
When I think about it, women don't need the Priesthood. The Priesthood is for the benefit of serving others, blessing them and performing ordinances of Salvation such as baptism and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. Men cannot bless themselves with the Priesthood! It gives them the opportunity to serve others. Women are born with an innate nurturing quality, so we naturally serve and love as mothers and caregivers. We have been blessed with the opportunity to give life and influence generations by how we raise our children. Men also influence their children, but most of the time it is the women who are to nurture and stay home with the child. Women don't need the Priesthood! Heavenly Father loves His daughters immensely and expects His sons to take care of them and all His children by giving them this Priesthood authority. Show more Show less