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Hi I'm Aubrey

I always look on the bright side. I'm a klutz. I can quote Disney movies, and play a mean game of water polo. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 23, and going to school for my degree in Childhood Development. I work part time, and volunteer for the Make-A-Wish foundation. I love to be the reason a person smiles. I always strive to bring happiness to others. Sunflowers make me feel happy, and my favorite animal is a lightning bug (I know they don't really count, and are kind of ugly up close). My favorite place in the world is Kirk Creek, up the California coast near Big Sur. A perfect day to me would probably include a trip to Disneyland. I love my family... my parents, and my three little brothers (who will each try to convince you that I, actually, am the youngest). One day I will marry and be sealed in the temple to an amazing man, and raise a family with him. I've got the most amazing friends in the whole wide world. I'm fiercely loyal to the people I love. I'm such a sucker for good music. That's pretty much the quickest way to win me over...either that or Disney. I've got a bucket list about 50 items long that I keep in my purse. I love to be inspired. I'm easily impressed, so inspiring me usually just takes someone I admire to talk passionately about something. I try to find the sunshine in every day... and when I just can't, I bake until 4am. My cuss word vocabulary consists of "cheese and crackers", "jeemanee", "crapola" and "son of a puppy kitten". I want adventure in the great, wide somewhere. I turn the smallest experience into something grand. I love learning, life, and love.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom joined the church when she was 9, and my dad joined in his twenties; after he and my mom had been married for a year. I have grown up a member of this church. Sometimes I envy converts... it's always so inspiring to me to hear a convert to the church share his or her testimony. It's so beautiful and pure and eager for more. I absolutely do have my own testimony. One time I was in church, and someone asked me when I joined the church. I told them I had been a member all my life, so they asked me "Well then when did you really get your own testimony?". I will never forget that-- I never thought of it that way. I realized that I TRULY gained my testimony in high school, when I was going through a hard time. I realized that no matter how lonely I felt, how angry or sad I was, I always turned to my Heavenly Father. Now, seven years later, I feel that my testimony has only grown. I've had more tough times-- things that were harder than high school. But I've grown so much since then. I've become the person I always was inside, and I attribute that so much to the church. When something is bad, the first place I turn is to the church, whether it's through prayer, the scriptures, my favorite CD of church hymns, or a friend who has the right words. I love the gospel. I try my very hardest to live by it. The church teaches us to love one another, to treat everyone with love and kindness, and respect, regardless of our differences. We are taught to forgive others, and not to judge them. We are taught to keep families strong, and raise children well. We are taught to keep our bodies healthy and our minds clean. We are encouraged to work hard, live within our means, help those who are less fortunate (regardless of religion, race, etc). What a wonderful, kind way to live a life.

How I live my faith

The ward (the group that meets together) that I go to is for people my age; between 18 and 30. For one of our three hours of meeting on sundays, the women and men split for different classes. On the second sunday of every month, I have been asked to be the teacher for the woman's group. I never knew how much I love to teach. Every time I have my turn at giving the lesson, my greatest hope is that I can INSPIRE my class. I want to spark something in them, whether it's a lesson they've heard a dozen times, or never before. I want them to remember my lesson, and I want them to want to be changed by it. All the women are asked to be "visiting teachers". We pair up, and every month we try to meet with the girls that we are assigned to visit. We have monthly lessons which we are suppose to share with them, but mostly, this is a chance to just get together. This can form and/or strengthen relationships. It is an opportunity to let someone else know that somebody cares, and IS there for them. I believe that to be able to be there for someone else-- to be the person who lightens their burdens, who eases their heart and makes them smile, who shows them that they are loved, and never alone or forgotten-- it is the most beautiful thing that anyone can do.