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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a mother, wife, musician, and writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of two little girls and a wife of a wonderful man. Being a mother is the most challenging job I've undertaken, but it's also the best and most rewarding. Seeing my children grow, develop personality, and learn so much is one of the most amazing feelings I know. I love, love, love music. I love to sing, especially songs of praise at church. I played the flute for 6.5 years in school and occasionally practice even now, years later. After high school, I played flute in a state band for two weeks in Europe, which allowed me to meet lots of great people in foreign lands and share my love for music with them. Music is my favorite way to communicate because it speaks to the soul, no matter what language you speak. I have a degree in English Creative Writing. I love to write not only fiction and screenplays, but I have dabbled in poetry as well. And I write via social networks nearly every day. I love being able to communicate with friends and family and spread happiness through written words when I'm unable to speak to them face to face.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Mormon church since I was born. But my parents made it clear to me that I needed to develop a relationship with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ if I wanted to gain a testimony of my own. They didn't want me to go just because I was told to go. I have always known with every ounce of my soul that God loves me and loves everyone. And as I became a teenager, I began to wonder if what I was doing was the right thing to do. After studying the scriptures, listening to others' testimonies, and praying, I gradually gained a personal, undeniable testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ's truth. The Holy Ghost has filled my whole being with such peace, warmth, and conviction every time I have prayed and asked Heavenly Father about doctrines of the gospel...and I will never, ever deny or forget that feeling. I know that Jesus Christ is the Savior of mankind. I know He loves each of us. He is real. He suffered the Atonement and died on the cross, and He was resurrected on the third day. I know also that Heavenly Father, our God, is real. He loves each of us, too. I know that Joseph Smith, Jr. was a true prophet, and he did indeed see God and Christ. He helped restore Christ's full gospel and all its truths that had been lost through the centuries after Christ's first apostles died. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that restored gospel. The Priesthood power has been restored to us, too, and it is the same that was possessed by Jesus Christ and His apostles of old. Living gospel principles, such as chastity, honesty, and kindness, has brought me so much happiness. I have made mistakes before, but as I repented and confessed my sins to God in prayer, those mistakes have been left behind and forgiven. As I see the sadness and misery (both mine and that of family and friends) that come from making wrong choices, I am continually grateful that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have given us a clear path of right and a way to come back.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by helping my children and family members understand right from wrong and being the best example of good that I can be. I read my scriptures as often as I can. I pray every day, and we pray as a family every day. Doing those simple things every day helps me stay close to the influence of the Holy Ghost and have a stronger conviction to continue following the teachings of Christ. Another way I live my faith is by attending church meetings each week. I help pick out the hymns for the Sacrament meeting and lead them as chorister. I also help teach the children during their meeting to learn the children's hymns and sing them. The teachings, comfort, and testimony that comes to me as I help with music in my church is indescribable. And sharing the beauty of music with others is one my favorite ways to share my faith and help others feel happiness. I also try to be a good friend and a good neighbor. I watch out for the safety of others' children in the area when we're out and about. I encourage my children to make friends and be kind to all those around them, not just interact with people at church or school. I have brought cookies to new neighbors to welcome them to the neighborhood. I do all I can to make sure the needs of my friends are met. If someone has a bad day and is at wit's end, I call or write to them to see if they want a break. I'll watch people's children so they can go on a date with their spouse or have a girls' night out or guys' night out. I take dinner to friends and church members who have a new baby, surgery, illness, or other need. I could never say I believe in Christ and not serve others. Serving others is at the very core of how I show my faith to Him and my love for Him. Family/motherhood and teaching gospel principles good neighbor and friend Happiness food drives and scouts music leader