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Hi I'm Mindy

I'm a mom of three, a writer, an optimist, striving to be eco-conscious, and hoping to defy stereotypes. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I feel as though I'm just coming into my own in my thirties. My twenties were a time of struggle, self-discovery, and overcoming self doubt. I met my husband in my mid twenties and married at 25, later than I expected, but I think the timing was just right. We've been married seven years now and have three young children. I studied English in college and worked for a non-profit before deciding to be a stay-at-home-mom. Life as a stay-at-home mom is incredible; sometimes crazy, often surprising, occasionally exhausting, frequently challenging, always rewarding, and definitely a learning experience. In addition to staying home with my kids, I am also a freelance writer, with a regular column in a local weekly newspaper. I pursued writing with the encouragement of my wonderful husband, who told me to just apply and we'd figure out the details of babysitting later. Writing for the paper has turned out to be a huge blessing for me, allowing me to meet new people, share their stories, and become a part of a new community. I also share my own thoughts and experiences regularly on my blog, review and give away products, and strive to be eco-conscious. I don't subscribe to one parenting style, but I'm passionate about cloth diapering and I've discovered a love of babywearing. I especially love how blogging and social networking have allowed me to expand my world view, connect with people of varying backgrounds, and challenge myself as a writer and advocate.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe in a loving Heavenly Father who knows each one of us individually. I believe He sent His son Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and to teach us how to return to live with God again. I believe that we can have the Holy Ghost as our companion, to help us recognize truth, find peace, and make decisions that will bring us joy. I learned these truths as a young girl in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and my testimony of them has been strengthened through numerous experiences throughout my life. As my testimony has grown and developed over time and as I've made different decisions in my life, I've consistently found that following gospel teachings always brings me joy and peace. I've faced challenges in my life, such as my father's death from cancer when I was 14, and overwhelming depression in my early twenties. Through these difficult times, I've questioned my faith and my commitment to the gospel. My questions have always led me back to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am happiest when I immerse myself in the gospel.

How I live my faith

I believe in reading the scriptures, listening to the prophets, and studying gospel teachings and asking "How does this apply to me? What is the real world application?" When I teach the youth in Sunday School or in our women's group, I like to share real experiences, encourage open discussion, and challenge participants to question how we can apply the lesson in our lives today. I believe the gospel is meant for to apply to real life; to help us overcome real challenges, answer difficult questions, find peace, and live joyfully. The Gospel of Jesus Christ should be part of our everyday, to inform real decisions, and challenge us to become like Him. For me personally, this means challenging myself to do more than passively study the gospel or attend church once a week. I do my best to live up to this challenge, sometimes more successfully than others. For me, the gospel isn't about subscribing to a particular ideology, having a stereotypical look, or fitting into a particular image people have of Mormons. I believe I am best living my faith when I try to live my life sincerely, I look for opportunities to serve, and I strive to be a true friend. I believe that the gospel should help me seek the positive and that my words and actions should reflect my faith.