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Hi I'm April

I have 6 brothers and 1 sister. I love being a daughter, sister, and aunt. I know that Heavenly Father loves me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Utah with a large, amazing family that is a big part of my life. I love being at home and being with my family. I have been blessed to have very loving and supportive parents. As for siblings...six brothers sounds like chaos, and sometimes it is, but I wouldn't trade them for anything. Some of my older siblings are married which means I have nieces and nephews!!! They are the greatest things in the world and some of my all-time favorite people to spend time with. I always feel better after being with them. Despite having lots of brothers I'm just not that great at sports. If I can avoid balls, I will. Instead I love to read, bake (I never get sick of chocolate chip cookies), sew, spend time outside, take pictures (usually flowers or something that has to do with nature), play with my nieces and nephews or kids in general (which does sometimes involve balls, but the great thing is that they don't care if I'm good or not), and make music. I play the piano, the flute, and I sing. Music is something that helps me to feel the Spirit, so I like to make music for others in order to help them feel the Spirit as well.

Why I am a Mormon

When Christ was on the earth He called 12 apostles to help Him in His work. These 12 men didn't volunteer themselves, they were chosen by Jesus Christ and ordained (given power and authority) by Him to help Him in His work (John 15:16). After Jesus Christ had been crucified, resurrected, and ascended to His Father, He left the apostles in charge of His church. Sadly the apostles were rejected and many killed, and the power and authority that Christ had given them went with them. After the apostles were no longer on the earth, I like to think of it as a giant telephone/gossip game (you know, the one where you sit in a circle and whisper a sentence); Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ give Their "sentences" to prophets and apostles and then they give them to us exactly as God and Christ gave it to them. Without prophets and apostles to convey that "sentence" purely, people started teaching what they thought Christ and His apostles taught. With so many people interpreting the Bible in so many different ways, contentions and contradicting doctrines arose. In 1820 Joseph Smith went to the source of all truth in prayer to know which church he should join; Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him and eventually restored Christ's church through him. As resurrected beings, John the Baptist gave Joseph the power and authority to baptize, and Peter, James, and John gave him the very power and authority that Christ had given them to direct Christ's church on earth. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was and is organized the exact way that Christ organized it when He was on the earth 2000 years ago, and it has the same power and authority that He gave to the original 12 apostles! Even though I was born and raised a member of the church, that is not why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. I'm a Mormon because I, through the Spirit, know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's church restored in its fulness to the earth.

How I live my faith

In order for me to be diligent in living my faith there are three critical things that I do. 1) I pray daily pouring out my heart in gratitude to Heavenly Father for all that He gives me and asking for help for others as well as myself. I know that Heavenly Father loves each of His children and that He wants to help us. When we pray, He listens and answers when we are ready. 2) I read my scriptures daily. The scriptures invite the Holy Ghost into my life and they help me to come to know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ better. The scriptures teach us about Their characters and attributes. As we come to understand who They are and feel Their love, we have a greater desire to obey Them and to become like Them. 3) I attend church every Sunday. I absolutely love church! At church I get to partake of the sacrament and remember the promises I made with Heavenly Father when I got baptized. As I remember those promises I can recommit to do better each week. Also, at church I get to hear others' testimonies and experiences and hearing those often helps me to know how I can better handle the challenges that I'm facing in my own life. I love to serve others. Serving others is the best way to emulate the Savior because He lived a life of service. I've had the opportunity to serve in different ways throughout my life. Currently I am serving as a missionary in California. Every day I go out and look for people to share my testimony with. I want others to feel what I feel and know what I know - that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father and they have a Savior who understands them perfectly and will aid them as they seek to return to live with Heavenly Father. This knowledge can change our lives and help us find a greater sense of direction and self worth. Heavenly Father wants His children to be happy, and I want others to be happy. I know that as we learn who the Savior is and commit to follow Him, we find greater peace and joy in our lives that is steady and sure.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

April
Nope! The wonderful thing about serving a mission is that it is completely voluntary! Most young men go on a mission around the age of 19 and many young women go around the age of 21 though there are also retired men and women and married couples that serve missions as well. Whether they go or not is their choice. Even though serving a mission is completely each individual's choice, we do believe that it is our responsibility to share the blessings we have been given with others. One of my favorite scriptures says that, "For of him unto whom much is given much is required" (D&C 82:3). Most of those who go on missions go because they have a deep love and gratitude for the church in their lives. They see how much joy it has brought them and how it has changed their lives and they want to share it with others so they can have that same joy and those same blessings. Also, those who serve missions go because they love Jesus Christ who asked His followers to strengthen their brethren once they have been converted themselves (Luke 22:32). We believe that it is a privilege to go on a mission and help Heavenly Father with His "work and [His] glory - to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man." Show more Show less