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Hi I'm April

I'm studying dietetics at Brigham Young University. I love music, the outdoors and people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the ninth of eleven kids in my family, I am always one to enjoy excitement, fun and chaos. I love being around people, talking with them and listening. I love all that I can learn from others, and I feel like my time is spent most effectively if I have spent it with someone or if I have done something to help someone out. I have lived an unexpected but wonderful multicultural life. My dad is an Immigration lawyer, and ever since childhood I've been exposed to people of different nationalities. When I was 17, I had the chance to get first hand experience because my parents, my two younger siblings and I moved to live in Nuku'alofa, Tonga, where I stayed there a year before heading off to college. When I was 21, I had the chance to live in Madrid, Spain, as a missionary for the LDS church for 18 months. Living on two opposite ends of the world really was an eye-opening experience. I learned to see the way others live, think, and act, and I met people from all over the world. I have come to love and respect other cultures for the values they have, and love all that contribute to our world. I am currently a student at Brigham Young University. I am studying Dietetics, and would like to work with people with eating disorders when I graduate, or possibly go into nursing. I love health and science, and hope to do some good in the world. In my spare time I love to learn new things, play the violin and piano, go running or hiking, read, and spend time with family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of this church, and for a time did followed mostly because my parents did. However, even from a young age, I liked what I learned about in church, and as I grew older I realized that I did the things I did because I wanted to, and not just because my parents expected it. I don't think there was ever a moment when I questioned my beliefs, or realized that I knew for myself, but as I grew older I began to see little by little all the reasons I wanted to stay a part of this church. When I was about 9 years old, I decided that I ought to read the Book of Mormon by myself, so I did. I moved slowly but steadily through it, all on my own. When I got to the last chapter in the book, I read a verse that is commonly known throughout the church. Moroni 10:3-5 says that when we have read the Book of Mormon, we should ask Heavenly Father with faith if these things are true. If we ask sincerely, we will know by the power of the Holy Ghost that it IS true. I already believed it was true, but I thought I should at least do as it directed, and pray to really know FOR MYSELF. I knelt down in my bedroom and offered a simple, 9 year old prayer to tell my Heavenly Father that I had finished reading the Book of Mormon and I wanted to know that it was true. There was no thunder or lightening, no angels or visions, but a quiet, peaceful feeling confirmation to what I already had known to be true. Since then, every time I read the Book of Mormon, I ask God again if the book is true to remember what I felt that night a long time ago. I have found that as I live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, I get the same feeling, and I know without a doubt that this church true. I know that you can feel that as well. You can pray to know FOR YOURSELF that the Book of Mormon and any other teaching in this church is true. As you live the commandments that our Heavenly Father has given us, you will feel in your heart that they truly come from a loving Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

My favorite thing to do in the church is teaching. I have had the chance to teach in several different settings. Sometimes I teach out of the scriptures to both men and women, sometimes I teach just the women. When I was a missionary in Spain, I got to teach people all day everyday about our church. Most of them usually didn't have any previous knowledge about the church, so we shared with them what it means to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ, and we always invited them to learn for themselves and keep the commandments of God. I really like teaching because I have to make sure I know for myself what I am teaching about, and then find ways to help others learn the same truths. I usually prepare myself to teach by reading the scriptures, and I think of questions to ask in my classes that will help people think about and discuss their own ideas. At the end I try to share my personal feelings about the topic and I invite everyone to do something that week to apply what we have learned in their lives. Of course, I am usually the one who ends up learning the most. Right now I am in charge of choosing the songs we sing in church. I love music, and I absolutely LOVE the songs in our church! It always makes me feel the Heavenly Father's Spirit and love and makes me want to be a better person. I also visit some of the other sisters in the congregation to make sure they are doing alright, both spiritually and temporally. I make sure to visit with them personally at least once a month, but I usually try to talk to them more than that about their lives. I let them know I am their friend and that I care for them. I always try to be there for them when they need it.