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Hi I'm Autumn

I'm a southern girl who now lives in Indiana. I love sports and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself a Texan, even though I was born in Atlanta. I went to Texas A&M University (class of 2000, WHOOP!) My first professional job after college took me to New Orleans, LA, where I lived for four years. After living there for 2 months, Hurricane Katrina hit and I had the opportunity to help rebuild Tulane University and the city. Although people always ask me what that experience was like, I find it impossible to sum up in a short and meaningful way. The events following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina had its highs and lows, despair and hope, fear and courage, frustration and success. I now live in Indiana. I love my job. I get to work with college students in the field of recreational sports. I advise, train, and provide resources to the club sport officers (of 46 club sports) and program some of the intramural sports. In my free time I visit my family every chance I get. (They all live in Texas except for my brother and his wife.) I have 2 brothers, 2 sisters, and 10 living nieces and nephews. All my siblings are married and I also love all my brother and sister in laws. I love to travel and have visited 13 countries (in Europe; North, Central, and South America; and New Zealand.) I love to go backpacking, rock climbing, and do anything outdoors. I recently took swim lessons to conquer my fear of swimming. I can't say that I love it, but I do feel much more confident and am swimming twice a week.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Although I grew up in the church, I had to find out the truth for myself. Looking back on it, I realize I had many small experiences in which I learned the doctrine and felt the Lord impress me with the truth of each principle. But as a youth, I didn't recognize those experiences for what they were. It is easy to get caught up in the day to day and not recognize spiritual experiences for what they are. In college is where I recognized those past spiritual experiences and sought a testimony for myself. I gained a knowledge of the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, the prophet Joseph Smith, and the teachings of the LDS church through my own seeking, praying, receiving confirmation from the Lord, and acting upon those promptings. I continue to live my religion because of the happiness and joy it brings to my life. In addition, because I have received a confirmation from the Lord of the truthfulness of this religion, I cannot turn my back on that answer. Even when life gets hard, things don't go my way, etc. I know the Lord knows me personally and will sustain me in my trials. I know that blessings are given to those that trust in God and follow his commandments.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being open to any prompting the Lord gives me to help and serve others. Sometimes that's as simple as calling someone to see how they are doing, smiling and greeting someone who looks lonely, or sending an email to a friend I haven't talked to in a while. I also serve the youth (the young women aged 12-17) in my congregation. The youth meet every week to strengthen each other spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. I help plan those activities and the sunday school lessons on Sunday. It is amazing to work with these young women and I feel they help me just as much (or more) as I help them. I love to see and learn their individual talents and abilities and how the light of Christ shines through them. They are such a great example to their friends in middle school and high school. A few years ago, I also served as a missionary for a year and a half. I lived in a few different cities in Virginia preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. This opportunity really helped me to understand and feel the love that God has for all His children. Our Heavenly Father wants all of us to be happy and return to live with Him. To help us accomplish that, He has given us commandments, scriptures, prophets and apostles, the Holy Ghost, and most importantly, our Savior, Jesus Christ. As a missionary, I had the opportunity to teach others about Heavenly Father's plan for us and how we can return to live with Him.