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Hi I'm April.

I'm a wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the fifth of eight children. I grew up happy and knowing that I was surrounded with love. I have an Arts and Associates degree in Interpersonal Communication and a Bachelors in Business: Human Resource Management. We used to joke that we were learning how to tell people where to go in such a way that they'd happily volunteer to go there. While I've never used my degree to employ, I also joke that children don't respond the same as case-studied employees and I've had to change my leadership style to suit my role as "mother". My husband and I were married in the Logan Temple and together we have 6 kids. 6 wonderful kids that make my days somewhat trying, always fulfilling. When I was asked what I could do that I might be able to teach girls age 9-11 at an inner-city camp, I didn't feel like I had much to offer and I botched the interview with "I guess I could teach them ballet" kind of an answer. I don't know that I'm qualified to teach all that much but I do have some know how and a love of ballet, musical theatre, piano, singing. I enjoy gardening: herbs, flowers, soy beans. Someday, I'll take wheat from seed to flour. I've killed myself off jogging a 10K. Thrice. I've taken training for and have taught adults how to read. I've volunteered in adult English as a Second Language classes where I worked with beautiful women from around the world. I love people from all over. Women everywhere inspire me, amaze me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was out training recently with a friend for an upcoming 10K and she asked me this same question. I'm still at a loss as to how to answer. As best as I can manage, I'm a Mormon because that's what I am. It's like asking me why I'm caucasian, why I'm American, why I'm a mother. Well, because I am. Because I was born and raised this way and it's what I know. Because, now that I'm my own, and can choose who I'll be, what I'll be, I choose to be a Mormon. It's teachings are a way of life. It's gospel is a source of joy. I have never desired anything else. It is what I am. When I was a little girl, my older sister - being practically perfect in every way - asked if I'd read my scriptures that day. I admitted I had not and she offered to read hers aloud from her bunk above me. She read from the Book of Mormon the account of the resurrected Savior visiting the people on the American continent. As I listened to her read about the children being invited to come and be blessed of the Savior and then be encircled about by angels and taught, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of truth. There was not a doubt in my whole small being that Christ had come. I felt as if I somehow had been there myself. I had been witness to this great event. I knew what the Book of Mormon taught was true and I have never forgotten it. Later on, following a surgery that at the time seemed like would end my life as I knew it - because I was a teenager and life tends to be dramatic that way - I questioned again and again, Why me? Afraid of the pain and wanting to disappear, I overdosed on a prescribed pain killer. I remember my mom coming in to ask me how I was and not being able to respond coherently. Scared, I cried to my Heavenly Father. In that moment, to my mind came the familiar Primary song "I am a Child of God". A blanket of love enveloped my whole body. I knew Heavenly Father was aware of me and that He loved me and cared about me. I have always known.

How I live my faith

Let's see. Well, first off, I lead my children in singing a hymn and in family prayer before breakfast and sending them off to school. We have family scripture study at night before kneeling in family prayer to close our day. We pray over our meals and try to acknowledge the Lord in our daily life. This is where my acts of faith are most likely to be done - in my home, with my children. At church, I serve as the teacher for a small group of 9 and 10 year olds. They keep me on my toes. =) I also serve as a visiting teacher - serving, teaching, and loving three other church sisters with the help of my companion. I like to think I live my faith in everything I do: in the words I use, the way I dress, the manner in which I treat others, what I will or will not do. I imagine I probably fall short in the "everything" category, but I'm working on it. ;) Always, working on it.

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

There is something. . . . I would say, magical. But it's not magic. It's power. And not a power to usurp authority, or power to get gain, or power that is wielded unlawfully to the detriment of others. . . . It's good. And spiritually filling. And synergistic. And life changing for all involved and those within it's scope of influence. There is something to be felt - in the air, in the room, in one's being - when a group of Mormon women gather together as one in faith. Whether to be instructed, or to serve, or just, to be. It is the Spirit of the Lord, which rests upon us, which we bring with us, which joins us. God's spirit empowers us and reminds us of our divine nature as women - women who are known to Him and loved by Him, no matter where we are at in our journey to Him. Mormon women are much like other women: in our triumphs, our trials, our strengths, our weaknesses. We are women, like others around the world, doing the best we can with the information and capacities we have been given. We have purpose outlined to us by God, and we experience joy carrying out His purposes. As a Mormon woman, I feel very equal to men. My voice, feelings, ideas, and efforts are important and valued. It's knowing that what I do - whether being a mother, in my case, or teaching and tending the 2 year olds during the church service - and my influence, is equal in scope and importance to whatever the men may be doing. Show more Show less