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Hi I'm Aimee

I'm a former teacher turned full-time mom, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

For about five years, I taught middle- and high-school English and English as a Second Language. Reading and writing had always been loves of mine, and after serving a mission for my church in Brazil and learning how challenging it can be to learn a new language and move to a new culture, I became passionate about helping my ESL students increase their skills and confidence with the English Language. I am married to my best friend and the love of my life. When I met my husband, he broadened my interests by converting me into a hiker, and now we enjoy hiking together and as a family. We also love to travel and visit family. In our first pregnancy, we received a big surprise when we welcomed identical twin boys to our family! What a whirlwind life has been since then! After the boys were born, I stopped teaching to stay home with them full-time, and I am so grateful and happy that I was able to make that decision. I have loved being there for their every milestone, and it has been rewarding to share with my husband when he comes home from work what new things the boys did and said that day. A year after the boys were born I took up running and began participating in races, including my first half-marathon and a relay. My training schedules taught me a lot about perseverance, goal-setting, and the power and stamina of these amazing mortal bodies that we have been given. We are now expecting our 3rd baby, and we're excited to see what the future brings!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in an LDS family, so you might think I just "inherited" my faith. The truth is, that sort of testimony cannot stand up against the challenges and trials of life. I am a Mormon because of a million small moments in my life. The times that I have prayed and felt that Heavenly Father was truly listening. The moments when I have been reading the scriptures or listening to a lesson in church and my heart began to feel warm, confirming that what I was learning was true. The many times that I have had an important decision to make, and through prayer, fasting, and study have found my mind calmed and cleared so I could make the best decision for myself or my family. I am not perfect, and I cannot do it all. But being a Mormon has taught me that I just need to "be still and know that [He] is God", and that then I can "do all things in Christ, which strengtheneth me." I know that God is my Heavenly Father, that he loves me and is mindful of my thoughts, feelings, hopes, dreams, and actions. I know that His Son, Jesus Christ, is my personal Savior and the Savior of all mankind who will come unto Him. I know that if I follow the commandments and strive to follow the example of Christ, I can return to live with Heavenly Father one day. I also know that through the power of the priesthood given to men here on the earth today, my family has been sealed together on earth and in heaven, and I pray that we will be a strength to each other forever, that we can enjoy our family relationships for time and all eternity. I am a Mormon because the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ show my children how to make righteous decisions in order to find true happiness in this life and in the life to come. I can think of no better gift or preparation that I can give them than a knowledge that they are children of God and that, through their obedience, they can return to live with Him again someday.

How I live my faith

As members of the LDS church, we are asked to serve in various capacities on Sunday, and throughout the week. These opportunities, also known as "callings", change from time to time and offer us chances to learn new skills and share our talents. In my local congregation, or ward, I currently have the opportunity to play the piano for the music portion of the children's Sunday classes. I spend about an hour each Sunday accompanying the children as they learn and sing songs about Jesus, Heavenly Father, the beautiful world that They gave us, families, and the gospel. It is such a pleasure to hear their sweet voices and see their pure and innocent faces each week! I also serve as a visiting teacher in my ward. Along with another woman from the ward, I visit 3-4 women from the ward each month, befriending them, sharing a gospel message to uplift them, and providing any sort of service that may be needed, such as meals, babysitting, rides, housecleaning, a listening ear, etc. By participating in this program, we as women in the church care for, serve, encourage, and attend to the other women of the church, and thereby, their families. As a mother, I live my faith by teaching my children righteous principles, as well as appropriate ways to interact with those around them. I strive to create a safe environment of love and peace in our home. I also live my faith in my daily life by trying to treat others as Christ would treat them. As a teacher, I tried to be a positive role model for my students, and I tried to make them feel accepted and encouraged to achieve their best efforts and become their best selves. As a neighbor and friend I hope I am known as someone who is genuinely interested in the lives of others, someone they could turn to in need or for a friend. I also hope that my faith is evident by the daily choices I make, the kind of language that I use, the sorts of substances I do or do not ingest, and the type of media with which I surround myself.