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Hi I'm Candace

I'm an American mom living in Taiwan. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an up-beat, friendly, talkative, stay-at-home mom. My decision to stay at home with my son is a choice I wouldn't trade for the world. I have a Bachelor's degree in French studies. I love to travel, and experience different cultures through art, music and most importantly food. I aspire to open a trendy, little, bistro-style restaurant one day, where stay-at-home moms will feel comfortable coming to hang out and bring their kids.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Latter day Saint home. I grew up reading the Book of Mormon, having family prayers, and family home evening. It's hard for me to pinpoint when I decided to be a Mormon (my parents were open about me going to other churches) because from my earliest recollections, I remember the peace that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ brought into my life. My grandma for whom I'm named died when I was 7 years old. I remember vividly the song my cousins and I sang at her funeral: "I am a Child of God and He has sent me here." The Holy Spirit burned within me so strongly; I could almost feel it radiating from my smile. An older women approached me after the services, and asked me how I could be so strong during such a tough time. I replied that I knew that my grandma was in a better place. That expression may seem trite, but it was true. I knew then, as I do now, that Families can be together forever, and that my grandma had gone to a place where she could be with her Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

As a young mom I sometimes feel that each day is swallowed up in a sea of soiled diapers, buried beneath mounds of laundry, and piled below stacks of dirty dishes, but the Gospel helps me to find joy in the small things. Each night my husband and I answer two questions before we say our prayers and go to bed: 1. What are you grateful for today? and 2. What did you do for someone today? Thinking about these two questions throughout the day gives me the perspective I need to make it through even the toughest days. Being a Mormon has given me such purpose and direction to my life. It helps me see each challenge as a means to grow closer to God, and more like Him. At the same time, the Gospel of Jesus Christ inspires me to use what I learn in life to reach out and bless other people.