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Hi I'm Ande.

I'm a new wife. I'm an artist. I'm a student teacher. I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I just got married six months ago and am still adjusting to married and city life. I just began my student teaching (high school freshman English!) and am so excited to get my Bachelor's Degree and teaching certificate. My husband and I enjoy cooking (I've been trying (and failing) to make dinner four times a week--unfortunately cereal doesn't count) and finding new restaurants. We especially love Vietnamese and Peruvian food. I also love reading and just began my own book club. I enjoy painting (watercolor or oil), crafting, and trying to decorate our bachelor-pad turned home.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it makes sense. I grew up in an active Mormon family where we attended church every Sunday, tried to have Family Home Evening (a suggestion from the church to spend Monday evenings together as a family, strengthening relationships and learning gospel (Mormon) principles), with my mom reading the Book of Mormon or Bible to us kids every morning at breakfast. It was an ideal situation. I felt the Spirit (the Holy Ghost) often in my home and while attending church and reading the scriptures. I felt peace often. As I grew up I realized that was something I wanted to always be in my life. Living the basic principles of the gospel have lead me to a happy and fulfilling life where I feel close to my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I don't believe I would have had this closeness or happiness without the gospel. It makes sense to me to continue living something that has brought me such peace, fulfillment, and closeness to Christ.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in my community as well as my ward (congregation) at church. My current calling at church (an unpaid position--like all positions church-wide) is to teach the 7-8 year old Sunday School class. We talk a lot about Jesus, service, and living the commandments. I think those principles can be directly translated into living my faith in my community. I try to live my faith by serving my fellow man. Being kind to those around me, I feel, reflects Christ's actions and basic principles of the Mormon church. Living the commandments given in the Bible and Book of Mormon, as well as those received in modern revelation (from our prophet and apostles), is the same as living my faith. It's not always easy, but it is always the better option.