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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a Mom. I love learning, teaching, and serving. My home is in the lovely Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Eventhough I grew up as an "Army Brat", I spent many of my formative years in a small town in North Carolina where my father served as an Army recruiter. I had two younger brothers, one of whom died of cancer when he was 26 years old. My parents took us to church and encouraged us to participate in community, school, and sporting activities. I remember clearly selling little red poppies to passers-by on Memorial Day each year. In 1962, my father was transferred to Germany and I got to spend part of my teenage years living in Europe. Upon our return to the USA, I completed high school and entered college where I studied Sociology. I have always had a passion for helping and serving others. This passion later led me to earn a masters degree in counseling. While seeking my degree, I met a wonderful young man who won my heart and we were married in 1971. When our first child was born, I decided to make a career change: motherhood was my new love. So, five other children were born to us over the next 14 years. I have tried to pass on to the children my love of nature, people, travel, country, service, and the Savior. During the years that I was raising the children, I was involved in many school and church activities. One of my most rewarding experiences was the involvement I had in developing an anti-drug program for our local elementary school. Now the children are grown, but they and the grandchildren visit often. They bring us much joy and life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was expecting my first child, I had a frequent nagging concern. My concern revolved around my confusion over religion and what I should teach my child about God. When I was attending church with my parents, our preacher spoke of a loving and kind Christ, but he also spoke of a God who would consign his children to burn in hell for their sins. As I grew into my teen years, the thought of a punitive God overshadowed the sweet image of Christ the shepherd. When I went to college, the philosophies of men became paramont in my mind. I felt that I had out grown religion. It was only after I had married and my husband suggested that we find a church to attend that I began to reflect seriously upon religion again. We began visiting churches but my previous concerns were still unresolved. All that changed, however, when we were introduced to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and began attending meetings with them. The people in the congregation were warm and friendly. The fathers were as engaged in caring for the children as the mothers were. Men and women from the congregation were assigned gospel topics to speak on during the services. Eventhough I was weary of "organized religion", something about the Mormons felt right. Shortly after our daughter was born, my husband and I began meeting often with the missionaries. We were taught many wonderful truths, such as, (1) we lived with our Father in Heaven as His spirit children before we came to earth; (2) the true gospel of Christ has been restored to the earth along with the priesthood authority to act in God's name; (3) families are forever; (4) there is a prophet of God upon the earth today. Here was what I had been searching for. I finally had that answers that I needed in order to teach my children of the true nature of God and to answer their questions about where we are from, why we are here and where we are going after this life. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Soon after I joined the church I was advised by the leader of our congregation to "jump in and start swimming". In other words, he wanted me to live the gospel to the fullest and to remember the Savior's injunction to follow His example. Over the years, I have embraced opportunties to serve my family, my church and my community. Where I have felt inadequate, I have trusted that the Savior would magnify my abilities and help me to develop my talents. As a result, I have found that my faith, understanding and testimony have increased. My desire has been to serve Heavenly Father and the Savior to the best of my ability whether I am preparing meals for my family, visiting a sick person, giving a compliment to a child, or teaching a class. I try to stay in tune with the Spirit of the Lord throughout the day and act on any prompting I receive. With him as my guide, I am prospered on my way, the Lord's will is done in my life, and challenges are faced with hope. Someone once said, "Never say no to a prompting to do something good for someone else." I try to live by this admonition.

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

A year or so before I became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I was invited to attend a Relief Society meeting, which is the name of the church's .women's organization. There were about a dozen women in attendance. We had a brief lesson and then a few of the women acted out a little skit which illustrated the point of the lesson. It was very entertaining and I found myself joining in the merriment. Afterwards, we had refreshments and got to visit for awhile. The whole time I was there, I did not hear a single word of gossip or any "catty" comments. These women seemed to have a Christ-like love, concern and appreciation for one another. I was very impressed with what I saw and heard. I visited several other meetings with these women and found them to be charming, bright, creative, and fun. One of the main reasons I decided to join the church was the good example I saw in the lives of these women. Show more Show less