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Hi I'm Mandy

I grew up in California. I love to hike and kayak. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a parent. It is a delight for me to watch my kids discover and learn. Sometimes I wonder if I'm allowed to feel so much joy and happiness in watching them in this process. I feel lucky to be a wife. It is great fun for me to just be with my hubby. My favorite thing to do with him is to work alongside him. Whether in the garden, with the kids, working on any project, community service, or outside activities it's fun to do it together. I grew up in a family that encouraged music. My grandpa was a natural musician, composing songs on the fly and eventually compiling written music of his compositions. My dad played the organ, recorder, piano and who knows what else. This started my own love of music and I find playing the piano a very enjoyable hobby. I thoroughly enjoy a good read. My favorites include books that really teach me about people around me. It fascinates me to learn about other people's personal histories or why people think or act the way they do. I really love my field of study of physical therapy. It is one of my favorite topics. I currently have small children and not working, but I really look forward to the continuing education courses I take on the subject. If anyone asks me about a physical therapy topic, I have to be careful I don't talk their ear off or dominate the conversation in talking about the stuff I've learned thus far.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because it has brought me joy and happiness in my life that is deeply satisfying. The teachings of Jesus Christ have shown me how to live my own life so I can feel the Spirit and love of God in my daily life that I feel I wouldn't have otherwise. We all have things we struggle with, have struggled with and will struggle with. Regardless of my circumstances in life, I can choose daily to follow God or not. I can choose to pray, read of His will and commandments for us in the Bible and Book of Mormon, follow those commandments and serve others as Jesus Christ did while on the earth. With each personal struggle I've had, I'm able to participate in daily prayer and scripture study so that I can feel of God's love and will for me. I also know that, even if I'm struggling, if I live as God would have me live, I can feel of His Spirit regardless of the struggle. For this reason I'm grateful that God spoke to Joseph Smith directly. Over time, God revealed more scripture speaking of Christ, so we have a clearer picture today of how Christ lived, what He taught and how we should live in our day to follow Him. I'm really grateful for a living prophet, Thomas S. Monson currently, that can help us know how God would want us to navigate the issues of today to follow Him. Another experience that is dear to me is my own baptism. I know it is a commandment of God to be baptized the way Christ was baptized, even though He was sinless. The whole world needs to follow this commandment, but yet each of us has our own individual opportunity to accept Christ and God and show one by one that we would follow Him. I remember choosing for myself that I wanted to follow Christ and afterwards the joy I felt that was hardly containable. I've been able to be with family and friends for many baptisms and I always reflect on my own baptism as I watch theirs.

How I live my faith

Every morning I pray to know what is most important to do that day. This is so I know what I need to work on personally, with my family or in the community that would help me live in a manner more like how Jesus Christ lived. That is my lofty goal, and I'm definitely not perfect at achieving that goal, but I work on it. In addition to that I participate in events such as visiting the Ronald McDonald house and food or clothes drives for the homeless in our area. In the past I have taught classes for young children and for youth groups, organized youth group activities such as a summer camp and played the piano for church services.