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Hi I'm Andrea

I love my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a country gal at heart, though I live in the city now. I love country dancing and cowgirl boots! I love to write songs on the guitar and sing! To me, songs are feelings someone decided to sing. My songs are special because they relate what is in my heart to those around me. It is sometimes a little scary because it is comparable to sharing my journal. I like to know what people specifically like about my songs or what line stood out to them because then we have connected; it is satisfying because that connection happened through my song. I am also a first grade teacher and I love it! My motto is "Love them. Give them clear expectations and clear consequences so they can choose for themselves." Most issues can be solved with genuine, consistent love. My students bring me great joy each day, especially where I do not have my own children yet. Hopefully I will one day get to be a mother. Until then, I will enjoy all 21 of "my kids." I think one of the most satisfying parts of my job is that I see so much growth, not only in learning and intellect, but also many times in behavior and social skills. I feel blessed to have a part in their crucial development and to be able to show them they are special. I am curently attending graduate school to get my administrative license. I want to be a principal!! It will be a lot of work, but I look forward to new adventures. I like change and I like adventures, so this is perfect!

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a member of this church, but my parents always encouraged me to find out for myself if it is true through reading the Book of Mormon and praying. I did so when I was 14 and I felt that I knew it was true. I believed what my parents told me and I believed what my leaders at church told me. I believed the words in the Book of Mormon and I tried out the principles I learned at home and church. I have continued to live my faith because I know that Heavenly Father gives us commandments to help us be happy. Commandments are his way of giving us clear expectations and clear consequences. For example, if I were to break the law of chastity, I would deal with guilt, shame, worry, and lack of self-confidence in my ability to be trusted or love others truly. If I were to partake of substances that are potentially addictive, I could find myself without a clear mind, proper judgement, shame, and lack of confidence. I know that the Lord provides clear expectations and through the scriptures and our leaders, clear consequences. He does this because He loves us and wants us to be able to make choices more clearly. He wants us to see things as they really are and from that we are able to decide what we really want. To me, that is love. I know He loves me and all of His children, regardless of what we choose. He wants us to be peaceful and happy and He, like any other parent, knows how we can achieve that, so He gives us a prophet, apostles, scriptures, prayer, and Jesus Christ. He also gives us friends who inspire us, if that is what we want. I am Mormon because it is the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have visited many other churches to relate to others better and see the similarities and differences. I felt the Spirit in some of those services. What it helped me realize is how grateful I am for the Gospel in its fullness. Temples and His Priesthood authority restored are the means of ensuring that families can be together forever if we do our part here.

How I live my faith

I help organize visiting teaching in my ward/congregation. I also go and visit a couple of sisters regularly to ensure they are well and their needs are being met physically and spiritually. I participate in regular service projects with my ward and with other single adult members of the church in my area. I try to help others feel that God is not far away and that they can rely upon Him. I write songs that have a good message and are clean. They are not all religious, but they are a reflection of how the Gospel has blessed me or helped me through tough times.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Andrea
In Swedish, it is translated to English as "The Law of Love." I believe that the Lord gives this special commandment to help us know what real love is in a world where women, men and sex are exploited for entertainment. The world's view of physical relations is that of getting what you want when you want it at the expense of anyone. It is gluttony, selfishness, and lack of patience. The law of chastity, however, helps us see people's true worth. It helps us value people's character and feelings. It helps us exercise self-discipline, which strengthens us and helps us think more of another person than of ourselves and what we want. I see many of my friends who treat sex like its no big deal and they usually do because they want to feel loved and accepted. Unfortunately, the next morning brings only shame, feelings of betrayal, and worry (about STD's, pregnancies, etc...). The Lord gives us the Law of Chastity because He knew these would be the natural consequences of breaking this sacred law and He doesn't want us to deal with these burdens. In a marriage and family, He also wants us to feel trust and safety. If both parents are being loyal to each other, not only do they feel trusting and safe, but the children do as well. This is essential to having peace of mind and confidence in truly showing love to the other. When one breaks the law of chastity, shame and guilt put a wedge between couples and children. Confession and repentance is what heals, then trust can be rebuilt. Show more Show less