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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm mixed race. I think big. I'm preparing to be an inner-city math teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Minnesota in a mixed-race family to parents who really appreciate diversity. That love for diversity just multiplied when I met lots of new people in college and served as a Spanish-speaking missionary. Making Mexican food is probably my number one hobby with singing gospel music as a close second. Currently, I am finishing an undergraduate honors thesis about the decision-making process of divorce. I love my major -- studying marriages and families. My next life adventure will start in June when I move out East to teach math with the Teach for America program.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon for so many reasons, but mostly because it has lead me to Jesus Christ. The covenants, or promises, that I made with God when I was baptized give me direction in life and help me to come to know Christ as I try to do as he would do. When I keep the promises I made with God and serve Him, I have confidence in my life because I know that He will keep His promises with me.

How I live my faith

It is sometimes hard to think about how I live my faith because I feel like it is so much a part of me that it might as well just be an answer of how I live. After serving as a Spanish-speaking missionary in the United States, I developed a deep love for Latinos and a particular compassion for those who sacrifice so much to immigrate to the United States. Now that I am no longer a missionary I use my Spanish skills every week as a volunteer interpreter in the community, especially at the schools so that parents and teachers can better communicate about their students. I feel strongly that we are all children of our Heavenly Father and that has lead me to my upcoming job with Teach for America as an inner-city math teacher. Even though I am nervous about the future and uncertain of my natural abilities, I believe that all children deserve a chance at success in life and I am willing to sacrifice to make it happen for them. I know that because I prayed about this job and received an answer that it was right for me, Heavenly Father will help me.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Being a Mormon woman is awesome! I have never felt more valued as a woman than I have as a member of the Church. I have been encouraged to receive advanced education and to make a difference in the world. I look forward to having an equal partnership with my husband in marriage. I do need a man to be truly fulfilled, and likewise, he needs me. Men and women are not independent of each other, but rather interdependent. Part of what I love about the Church is that I don't have to exhibit "manly" traits to get ahead or to have value; my inclinations to nurture, love, and support are celebrated. I feel that my church leaders have recognized my unique point of view as woman and have welcomed my input. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Grace is divine means of help and strength. I like to think of grace in two different ways: (1) We know that even after all of our efforts to serve God and do the right things in this life, we will make mistakes and fall short of the requirements to return to the presence of God. However, when our heart is in the right place grace steps in to make up for those shortcomings and allows us to return to God. (2) Grace helps us every day to get up and do good things in this world. I am constantly amazed at how Heavenly Father helps and strengthens me in my life even when it seems that I do not 'deserve' it. It is this grace that helps me to be the best that I can be. Show more Show less