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Hi I'm Aonika

I grew up all around the United States. I have 2 kids from one marriage, and 2 from another. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I feel that I am a fairly average person. I have a busy schedule and between driving my kids back and forth and working, as well as caring for my household, I find that I have hardly any extra time. But isn't that how must of us are? Which is why I would say that I am a fairly average person. I do love to read great books, watch british movies, scrapbook, cross stitch, sew, cook, and learn new crafts. It gives me great pleasure to present something that I have made, and made well, to others. I am married to a fantastic man and we were sealed in the temple 3 years ago. I am the mother of 2 children, and 2 step children, who keep me on my toes as well as keep me thinking. I will be going back to school this Spring. My education is not complete but "Continuing" is probably the best word for it. Slow, but ongoing. I have lots of goals, lots of dreams, and not enough time.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised as a Latter Day Saint, and though my faith was strong as a youth is wavered as an adult. I fell away from the church and took a few wrong turns. I would never be the person to judge someone else harshly for their mistakes as I know that I have made plenty of my own. I also do not regret the decisions that I have made as I would not be the person that i am today without having made those decisions in my life. On the bumpy road that I chose to be on, I found that my life was missing something. I felt alone a lot and wondered "why me?" Frequently. Somewhere down the road I decided to make some changes and start attending church again. I found that this filled the void in my life and I felt closer to people again. I still have challenges due to previous choices that I made, but I don't feel alone anymore. My conversion story was not a "Miraculous Event" but a slow process. I like to think that it was like the teacup story - and that I am slowly being made into something more beautiful, and strong.

How I live my faith

I definitely find it hard to keep up with the "perfect Mormon Family", but mostly because mine is very different than most. So, FHE can't always be on Monday nights, and family prayers happen around the table. We teach the lessons by example in our home, instead of a lot of reading. I have a primary calling that I share with my husband and we love challenging the children to think outside the box and beyond the basic manual.