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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a convert. I'm a wife and a mother to the Three Musketeers. I'm a comforter, a pb&j maker, a story-teller, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was baptized when I was 16 and am one of the few members in my family. I went to school for a year at BYU-Idaho and met my husband when I came home on my break. We were married just 5 months later and welcomed our first son the next year! We now have 3 boys and I feel so lucky to be home with them each day! When I'm not running around with them, swimming in laundry, or cleaning up messes I like to do crafts, take pictures, and have picnics at the park or zoo!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up my family didn't attend any specific church. We knew to pray and that God existed, but my dad didn't believe in organized religion, so we hardly went to church. Our situation at home was hard because my parents had addiction problems, which resulted in both of my older brothers moving in with friends when they were just teenagers. My oldest brother lived with and LDS family and decided to be baptized when he was about 16. I remember going to church with him a few times and loved the way I felt at church. He later went on a mission and right before he got home my dad committed suicide. My brother knew that the rest of our family needed the Gospel to get through this trial, so he made sure the missionaries were coming over and that we were having positive interaction with members of the ward. My little sisters and I would have dinner with some of the families in the ward and go to Family Home Evening at their homes quite a bit, while my mom usually stayed home. After my dad died she wasn't around much, so I had to play her role. I had to clean, cook, get them to school and be there as much as I could to help them, all while trying to be a 15 year old girl. It was frustrating, hard, and unfair, but I had faith that things could change. I knew that the only way I would be truly happy was to be baptized into His church. I was baptized when I was 16 and about a year later we moved in with my Bishop's family, who were close friends of ours. Living with a strong, faithful family, who loved us and wanted the best for us made such a huge impact on me. I had many opportunities that I otherwise wouldn't have had. I was able to stay active in the Church, go to college, meet an amazing man who took me to the temple, and start my eternal family. I sometimes think about where I could be and know that my life wouldn't be what it is without the love of our Savior and His atoning sacrifice. I am grateful to have the Gospel of Jesus Christ in my life!

How I live my faith

I know that being a mother is the greatest calling of all! I feel so blessed to be able to be home with them and spend that special (and all too fast) time with them. We try to read scriptures and say prayers with our kids every day, although we're not perfect, by any means. It is still so good for our family though! I also know that it's important to serve His children when and wherever we can. Right now my calling is to teach the eight and nine year old girls. We teach them skills and qualities that will help them now and later in life. We've focused on things such as; prayer, cooking, journal writing/family history, service, and even crafts. I really enjoy spending time with these girls, especially since I'm surrounded by boys at home! I have the opportunity to be a Visiting Teacher, as well. I visit two to three women each month and share a little message with them, but mostly get to know them and build friendships with them. I really love the Visiting Teaching program because it makes it so that we all just take care of each other. I have brought meals or service to some of the women that I see and some of mine have done the same for me! I've had mine drop in unexpectedly right when I've needed help or just someone to talk to and laugh with. It really is what the Savior wants us to do when he says to "feed my sheep".