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Hi I'm April

I grew up primarily in Arizona. I'm a college graduate and a cellist. I'm happily married and have 4 great kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel really lucky to be happily married. I have a positive husband who makes me happy. I have four children and they are each very unique individuals. They have different personalities and needs. I'm very active in my kids lives. I want to see them succeed and be happy. I love to be outdoors as much as possible with my family, whether is hiking, taking bike rides, long Sunday walks or swinging on the back porch and watching them jump on the trampoline. As they are getting older my life feels very busy. Before I was a mom I went to college and received a degree in Education with a music minor. My parents instilled in me the importance of getting a good education. It was never a question of whether or not I would go to college, just how. I was raised in a musical family. Both of my parents are music educators. I play the cello and received a scholarship on my cello in order to attend college. I believe college is a great time to be on your own and really discover who you want to be. I have been able to be a stay at home mom until recently. My husband was a general contractor but is now going back to school. We live with my parents and they are a blessing to us! Because I got my education I am able to substitute teach and also teach private cello lessons. My parents gave me the gift of music and I will forever be grateful to them! I love to read good books, play my cello, and attend cultural events. The arts are a big part of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been raised in the church and I believe the church is true because of the way I feel when I am following the teachings of the gospel. I knew for myself more fully when I was a college student that I wanted to be a Mormon. When I was away from home I missed the peace of the gospel that was not present in my dorm. It was a fun and exciting place but every day was the same. On Sundays I would come home to my dorm from church and be instantly struck with the everyday living around me. I longed for the peaceful feeling I had growing up on Sundays. When we got home from church we would enjoy each others company, eat a good meal, read scriptures and have discussions as a family. Sunday is a day of rest, a day to escape from daily obligations of the world and a day to draw closer to God. The gospel brings peace to my life. When we read scriptures as a family each evening before bed peace fills our home. Reading the scriptures has always giving me peace. I learn from the scriptures how I can be better and to not forget God. He is mindful of me and my needs and he blesses me. My husband was diagnosed with breast cancer about a year and a half ago. At that time I prayed harder than ever and I felt closer to God. My faith in the gospel grew. I believe the Lord gives us trials to make us grow stronger. My husband was able to have surgery to remove the cancer and he is now cancer free. We are not the same though. We are more aware of how precious life is. We are stronger than ever in our beliefs especially of prayer, fasting and living the gospel. I am grateful that I have the gospel in my life to help me in times of need. There is also a great support group that comes with being a member of the church. So many people besides family were praying and fasting for us as well. We felt loved and cared for. When I think of my trials they seem insignificant to what Chris suffered for us. He died for us and lives again that we might also.

How I live my faith

Right now I teach music each Sunday to children from 18 months to 12 years old. We learn the gospel through music. The church has a special songbook just for the children. We go from fun songs to tender songs about the Savior. Each week as I think about what songs we will sing I rely on the Lord for inspiration. As I pray for help in preparation and to have the Spirit with me each Sunday I feel a special closeness with the Lord. Sometimes when the children sing it is heavenly and their voices sounds like angels. I am also assigned with a partner to visit three different ladies in my church each month. We share a spiritual message and then visit. It is a great way to be of service to each other. If I'm close to the spirit I can receive inspiration on how I can help those ladies that I visit. One time I was impressed to go visit someone right away, that it couldn't wait and when I did I found out that she was pregnant and in danger of miscarrying and really needed help but didn't want to ask for help. These ladies quickly become close friends. As a mother I strive to be a good example to my children and through my actions teach them the gospel. My husband and I often talk with our kids about the evil influences of the world around us and how as an individual and as a family we can make good choices each day in order to protect ourselves from bad influences such as media, music, drugs, alcohol, friends. My kids are still pretty young, no teenagers yet but, we feel it is important to prepare them now so they know how to face challenges that come with teenage years. Our family prays each morning before school and we read scriptures and pray each evening. We have a special night each week that is set aside just for family time. We talk about our beliefs and what the world teaches and how those often differ. We talk about standing up for what we believe in and how to be good examples. Christ was our perfect example. He loved everyone!