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Hi I'm Twyla

I'm a watercolorist, a wife, a mother, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived almost my whole life in a very small town and lovingly refer to it as my "Bedford Falls"... you know from that old movie, It's a Wonderful Life. It seems my whole life I couldn't wait to get away, and when I finally did it was only long enough to graduate with a Bachelors in Art and then I came right back. I married a man from my home town, and he is the love of my life. We have been married for 6 years now, have one son and another on the way. I am notoriously forgetful, and my arch nemesis is the laundry pile that seems to have a life of its own... As I watch my son grow I am constantly laughing or at my wits end, and I wouldn't change that for the world. I absolutely love the adventure my family brings me. Somewhere along the line I found a small seed of adventure and have since tried all kinds of new things. Even though I am generally scared to death in the process I have bridge jumped, learned to fish, swim, ski, run 1/2 marathons, and eat a lot of new things (although I am still classified as a very picky eater by all my friends). I have also found my love as an artist. When bedtime arrives it is suddenly my time, and I love nothing more than to watch color bloom out from my paintbrush. Although I love most art forms, watercolor is where I find peace with myself, and where I find joy just in the creating process. I never pictured myself a housewife or artist back in my home town, but here I am and I love it.

Why I am a Mormon

When my husband and I were married, I had a moment as I knelt accross from him, where my thoughts were carried to the Savior and the role he has in my life. I could literally feel the love radiating from my husband, and in that moment, I realized that this could only be a small fraction of how much my Savior loved me. It was quite a humbling experience, and it has helped me throughout my life to recognize the blessings I have been given... Sometimes our blessings are right in front of us and we forget that they are there, or where they came from. Being a member of the church has taught me that I have a loving Father in heaven who has sent me more blessings than I could ever begin to recognize. The greatest blessing of all though, is that he sent His Son. No matter what else happens in my life, I find such peace in that. Being a mormon teaches me to have faith, hope, and above all Remember what has has been given me and all mankind.

How I live my faith

Each day I try to open my heart to Christ and his Spirit. I have found there is no quicker way to accomplish this than through daily prayer and scripture study. When I do this I feel like I am more prepared to follow his example. I have had opportunities to serve and work in many different areas. When my heart is in the right place I feel as though I make a difference and help people come to know Christ, or his love. The thing I love about the Gospel of Christ is that he teaches "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me." (Matt 25:40) Sometimes, by doing the simplest things we grow the most and help others grow in that process. So line upon line, simple step by simple step, I live my faith simply by trying to bring my heart to Christ.