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Hi I'm Angela!

I love life. I love diversity. I love that I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm 25 (and counting) and from Aberdeen in Scotland now living in Lancashire, England. I started off life living on the outskirts of a tiny village which was founded, as far as I saw it, on the fact that it was on a crossroad. I feel like that has been my life thus far, always at a crossroad. I have always had an awareness of how important my choices are in how my life turns out. If I studied or not; If I decided to stay out later than expected; If I fell asleep on the trampoline in blistering sun for 7 hours after a night shift (it wasn't only the sun that was blistering that day!!!), it all makes an impact on what happens in the following days, months and years. After my dad died from cancer I was at the biggest crossroads I've ever seen. I had given up going to University so that I could have time to work part time while looking after him and once he'd "gone" I felt like I had a million choices and no choices all in one. University deadlines were missed, and the only reason I tolerated my job was it's flexible hours which were now no longer needed. I felt restless like I was on the edge of a storm that was waiting to hit. At 3am, I got the impression to apply for University, just in case, so I cross my fingers and applied for University away. At 12.30pm the same day I got a phone call telling me I had got in and they had arranged accommodation. As a result I have had so many more paths put before me it's unreal!

Why I am a Mormon

How I make my choices rotates around the fact that I'm a mormon. I'm the 3rd oldest of a family of 6, and we were brought up as members of the church. Some might think that because I was brought up mormon it's built in me to "go with" the religion I was taught as a child. For me, this couldn't be further from the truth. I was brought up in a home that wasn't the cookie cutter version of a mormon family. My mum was sick and and wheelchair bound so we were mostly raised by our dad. From him I learned that the choices I make will have eternal implications so to have conviction in the choices I make. He encouraged us to pray and talk to our Heavenly Father, and to live our lives harmoniously with Christ's teachings. I never once doubted those lessons until I had to make the choice that I thought I already had. I was 14 going home from my friend's funeral and didn't believe that there was a God as he wouldn't let her die and allow her parents to go through what they did- my eyes were opened! I saw the world in that car ride like I'd never seen it before. It was weird!! Trees, seemed alien like in their detail; the birds, how did they have the perfect tools to fly and know how to use them? It was at that point that I realized there must be a God, it all seemed too thought out. I knew that if there was a God, that he loved me regardless of how hurt I was at the time and I decided to follow his teachings. That choice has affected all the others in my life. I wanted to know what was God's teachings were, so decided to read the Book of Mormon and pray to ask if it's true. I knelt on my bed really wanting to know (I didn't want to waste my time if it wasn't) and just knew. The burning in my heart was excitement, joy, understanding and love. The choice to follow it's teachings has brought me closer to God than I ever thought it would have when I was kneeling on that bed. Life is hard but I know that what I learnt in the car and on my bed helps me find true happiness.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? Daily. You have to. Life is full of struggles that need more strength that we have alone and personally I have to rely on my Heavenly Father to help me a lot! My ward and my friends have referred to as an excited puppy or a crazy scot and I see this as a result of the happiness the gospel brings me. In my ward I teach a group of women aged 18+ about the principles of the Gospel. It usually ends up being a discussion among friends unpicking how this can and is, implemented in our lives. I definitely learn more by teaching than I would if I was a passive bystander that's for sure! One lesson I have taught is on eternal marriage. We believe that marriage is for today, tomorrow and always, even after death. The Temple allows us to be sealed to our husband or wife for all of eternity and I have found that one person who (luckily for me!) is mine for forever. The sealing power that holds me and my husband together is the same that holds me and my parents together and this blessing is the greatest that I have ever known. It means that I will see my father again and my mother won't have to be without him anymore. Having God's priesthood on the Earth enables marriages to be eternal and it is this that reassures me that God loves me. Being sealed gives me the comfort to know that how ever long the goodbye is between me and my husband, there will always be a hello in the end. Living the teachings found in the Bible and Book of Mormon have helped me learn who my Saviour is and have a better understanding of his Atonement. I'm so grateful that I have the ability to use the cleansing power of the Atonement in my life. I know he lives and loves each and every one of us. I am glad that I still feel the same excitement, joy and love I did all those years ago and I'm so grateful that my path has included the choices, or crossroads, that is has.