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Hi I'm Audrey

I'm the mother of 10 children in a blended family, survivor advocate for abused women, and I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I graduated from Brigham Young University shortly after the birth of my 4th son with a degree in Sports Business Management. I was blessed to be able to be a stay at home mom for 17 years while building a Mary Kay career teaching skin care from home. My husband and I have 10 children after blending 8 then adding two more. Now that baby #10 is in school full time, I am working 2 other part time jobs at a dental office and hair salon in addition to my MK business. My husband and I are also very involved in volunteering at the school and we love making class parties extra fun! We spend a lot of time at sport, school, and church events as well as community service. I am a huge advocate of women taking time to be good to themselves and filling their cups so they can be the best moms and wives and people...as well as a speaker for abuse awareness as a survivor of domestic violence. In the future, I hope to be able to write a book and find ways to also speak out against drug abuse as we tragically lost one of our sons to fatal heroin relapse.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was born into the church, I went through my own conversion process to accept the gospel of Jesus Christ as the only true way to lasting peace and happiness. Each one of us needs to personally build our own testimonies through our unique life experiences. My own journey has been very rocky and my faith has been tested deeply. There were dark times in my life when I could have easily used excuses to leave the church. But in my darkest hours, I was always lifted from despair by the loving, tender hand of my Savior and it is only through his atoning sacrifice that I find peace in the middle of my storms and see hope in the promise of eternal life in the future.

How I live my faith

I love to serve others! I have taught the gospel of Jesus Christ in many capacities including young children, young adults, and women. My favorite callings have been serving with the Young Women, especially with my daughters and the amazing spiritual opportunities we've shared...the best being attending Girls Camp for the past 5 years with them! Recently, I helped put together a 20 mile walk to the Seattle Temple with the young women ages 12-18 and I will cherish that forever! A few years back, my husband and I were able to serve as a "Ma & Pa" on a 3 day Pioneer re-enactment trek with the youth in our local stake including 3 of our own children. I love learning what kind of hard things we can accomplish and it puts my favorite quote into action "Teamwork makes the dream work!"

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

In 2010, my sweet son died of a tragic heroin relapse. He was only 21...now he will be "forever 21" in our hearts until the day we are reunited in heaven. If I did not have a firm testimony that our spirits return to a loving Heavenly home, and that I can be with my son again for eternity some day, I do not know how I could survive the grief of our mortal separation. It breaks my heart that any other mother or family would have to try to move on after losing a loved one if they did not have the comfort that I have. My heart still aches, but my Savior and His atonement ease my pain and bring healing. I experience great sadness thinking of all the happy moments that we are denied, especially Zac's brothers and sisters. But there is a deep peace that helps me to keep going because I know we started out in heaven together, we chose to come to earth to grow spiritually, and we will have the chance to be together forever when this temporal trial period is over. I KNOW my son is happily waiting for us in a far more wonderful place than even our favorite places on earth. I KNOW we will have a sweet reunion and that in the meantime, he is up there cheering for the rest of us to hold our hands out to our Savior and turn our aching hearts over to Him and carry on in faithfulness. I wasn't ready to say goodbye to my son, but I have learned to trust in God's timing and great plan of happiness for each of us. I have a personal witness that my son is on the other side of the veil. Show more Show less