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Hi I'm Angela

After living in Canada, Switzerland, and Singapore, I now get to enjoy sunny Arizona. I write novels for teenagers. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of four mostly grown up children and a grandmother of the most squishable three-year-old on the planet. He's getting a brother or sister this fall. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Washington State. I fell in love with a Canadian at while I was studying English at BYU. We married and have had many adventures moving around the world. In kindergarden I wanted to become a veterinarian, but changed my mind in first grade when I learned how to write. I've been a scribbler ever since. When my youngest was finally in school, I went back to school myself. I hold an MFA in Writing from Children and Teens from Vermont College. Becoming an author has been an amazing adventure. I love hearing from teens who've been touched by my work. My husband and I also love to scuba dive. All our children are certified, too. We just returned from diving in Thailand.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom used to tell us great bedtime stories. My favorite were the ones about my great, great, great grandmother, Sarah, who walked the Mormon Trail to Utah with her aged granny. The wagon was too bumpy for granny to ride in, so the pair walked. Every night they would get way behind. Often the wolves cried in the distance. Sarah would be scared, but Granny assured her the Lord would protect them from the hungry wolves. As a fifth generation Mormon, I'm blessed with an amazing heritage. My ancestors sacrificed and suffered, so I could enjoy being raised a member of the Lord's church. As a young child, when difficulties came in our family life, I had that gospel to turn to. I remember receiving answers to fervent prayers. Throughout my life, I've continued to receive those answers. I know the Book of Mormon is true scripture. It testifies of Jesus Christ in a plain and precious manner. Joseph Smith did see the Father and Son in a sacred vision. They love us in a very personal way. The Holy Ghost has led me throughout my life. This is a great joy to me. I don't know how to live without the gospel. It has blessed me as a mother time and time again.

How I live my faith

When we lived in Canada, I taught a scripture study class for teenagers before school every morning. Most mornings were dark, cold, and icy but those kids came, sometimes with sleep in their eyes, but always eager to learn. We read scriptures together and discussed those stories and teachings and prayed before they faced their day of school. We spent a year studying the prophets in the Old Testament, a year studying Christ's mission and the early apostles writings in the Old Testament, and a year learning about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. When we moved to Switzerland, I was able to continue this service. I taught for two more years. We also studied the Book of Mormon. I've always loved teaching the children at church. I love to bring costumes for them to dress up in so they can immerse themselves in scripture stories. Our children's organization, the Primary, takes time every week to teach the children songs about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love that music--and love teaching it! I've also had the opportunity to use my writing talents as I live my faith. I've written and organized Christmas nativity programs, puppet shows, plays for the youth to act in, and directed a full-blown musical Christmas production commemorating and celebrating the Savior's birth. I contributed poetry to a production commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Martin/Willie Hardcart Tragedy. That was an exciting opportunity. Most recently, I collaborated with a sister on a jazz choral oratorio based on the Old Testament hero, Gideon. As an author, I publish on the national stage, but my faith makes its way into everything I produce. I couldn't write without the Lord's help. Yes, a lot of perspiration goes into the process, but inspiration takes what I write to a level far beyond my own ability.

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

I love the Bible. I got fascinated with it as a teenager. I love reading about Moses leading the Children of Israel out of Egypt. And we cherish the testimony of Jesus Christ's mortal ministry found in the New Testament. Mormons do believe the Bible is Holy Scripture and contains the word of God. We study the King James translation. The church publishes a beautiful edition that has lots of footnotes to help clarify words and phrases for modern readers. Show more Show less