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Hi I'm Olivia

I live in Colorado. I have a husband who's in a garage band, two funny kids, and I love to take pictures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 29 years old, have two kids and a husband. I am a photographer, mostly for fun, but I do make a little money with it here and there. I love to read, eat, travel, go to rock concerts, teach kids on Sunday (and my own kids whenever they will listen!) and I love to spend time with my husband. He's my best friend, and has been for more than half of my life. My husband and I met when we were very young and we were best friends from that moment on and had to be around each other all the time. It was so silly! I tell my kids that if they find their true love at such a young age, I'll ring their necks! It was hard, confusing, and a little bit scary to feel so connected to someone at such a young age. But I think it was all for a much bigger purpose than I could have ever known.

Why I am a Mormon

I didn't really have any clue what a Mormon was when I met Mike. But he was "one of them." My family thought that Mormons were pretty strange, but they were accepting of him. After Mike and I dated for a few years, I decided to start going to church with him. I didn't really grow up with any particular religion, but I knew I believed in God and Jesus, and I frequently visited a few different non-denominational Christian churches as a teenager. I was pretty standoffish about going to church with Mike for a long time because I didn't want to commit to changing my lifestyle. I didn't want to make the sacrifices that it would take to become a member of His church. After going to church with Mike for awhile, I felt like I was learning things about God and faith that just seemed so familiar. It seemed to make so much sense. Why didn't any other church teach me these things?, I thought. After learning about eternal families, I realized that's how I had always pictured Heaven. With my family. With Mike. With my future children, and their children, and theirs. After learning about modern day revelation and the Prophet, I didn't see how not having those things would make any sense at all. If God loves us, and if he's real, why wouldn't he continue to tell us what we need to know in an ever-changing world? After learning about the atonement of Jesus Christ, I realized that if Jesus could make that sacrifice for me, then I could make a comparatively small sacrifice for Him. I changed my life for Him. I made the sacrifices that I needed to in order to become a member of His true church. And you know what? It turned out that it wasn't even that hard, because I had His help.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for eleven years. It's part of who I am, although I don't wear it on my sleeve and rarely talk about my faith to others. I think it's too precious to me to share out loud a lot of the time. My faith and principles that I try to live as taught by the church are what keep me strong in what is sometimes a very difficult world. My husband and I try to teach our two kids the things that will help them the most in this life, and we believe that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Sure, they sometimes think church is boring (what kid doesn't think that sometimes!?) but we know they are listening and watching what we do every moment. I work with kids ages three to eleven every Sunday, and it's the most fun I have all week. I love seeing the little kids' faces and hearing them sing! It affirms my faith that there is good in the world, and that I can be a part of what is good. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a wonderful thing. It's something that everyone can have a part of. It's miraculous. It's not like anything else in the whole world, and yet it makes so much sense.