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Hi I'm Olivia

I'm Mommy, Honey and Miss Fix-it. I've never met a potato I didn't like. I love to sweat and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think it is so fun to fix things. Whether it's making a clothes dryer run, replacing the brakes on the van, fixing the sprayer in the kitchen sink or putting a new belt on a treadmill--there's nothing better than taking something broken and making it work. As a mother of 4 and a wife to a man that is often on the road for work there are always plenty of things to fix at my home and for others. For relaxation and for my sanity I exercise and read...sometimes I even do both at once if I'm short on time. I like to keep my nose in the community and in the schools where my children attend so I can often be found volunteering. One of the things I do at school is coach the chess club. I think it is fun to teach a game that also teaches important life skills like--plan beyond your next move, anticipate a consequence, be willing to change your plan and have fun while you're at it...that's my recipe for a successful life.

Why I am a Mormon

The Church just kept finding its way into my life...most often by way of friends and cute boys. My first Sunday was at age 12. I wondered why the boy who asked me to church wasn't sitting by me. He sat near the front with a group of boys in whit shirts and ties. He helped pass the bread on shiny trays and water in funny little cups. My next Sunday was at age 14. It was a different boy this time, but the same chapel. I sat in the back this time and a woman walked to the front to speak. She had just had a new baby girl. She cried when she talked about her "eternal family" and how happy she was that she was married in the temple. I didn't understand what she was talking about, but I will never forget how I felt. It was as if a heated blanket had been placed around my chest and middle and the warmth ran down to my toes and out to my fingers. Somehow I Knew she was telling the truth and I found myself looking about to see if anyone else was feeling so strange. I met with the missionaries in my kitchen later in the week. In my devout Catholic home there was always room for questions and learning, just not too much room for change. That's what made it hard when I realized that's exactly what I was going to need to do. Sometimes change doesn't hurt so badly if it is gradual, so it wasn't until I was 16 that I was actually baptized. Over the last 17 years I have attended Brigham Young University, attended and taught innumerable Church classes, read the scriptures many times and listened to lots of messages from prophets. No matter how much I learn, I rely on that powerful feeling of warmth as the Holy Ghost carried a simple testimony to my teenage heart. This was the first of many witnesses that have come to me over time, through trial and some error, and through a joyous life and that is why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

There is never a shortage of work to do in the Lord's kingdom here in Indiana. I have been blessed to teach and lead children, young women, young adults and other women at church and in the community. I am an fixer, an organizer, a teacher and a simplifier, so that is what the Lord most often asks of me as he has inspires my leaders to give me responsibilities. Aside from "church work," I live my faith each day in my personal interactions and in my family. It's one thing to say I believe in being loving, patient, meek, a peacemaker...but it is quite another thing to put those traits into action when someone really pushes your buttons; you are tired and hungry; you just want to be left alone. ..This is something I have to work on all the time, but I'm getting better, and that's what matters.