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Hi I'm Angela

I am a wife. I am a mother. I have lived in Utah, Florida, and Iowa. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a mother. My husband and I dealt with the pain of infertility for years until our first miracle son was born. Two years later our second miracle son joined our family. We were never blessed with any more children, but we feel so grateful for the two we have. Twenty-two years later they are both married and living independent lives, but I still feel the most alive when I am surrounded by my husband and my sons and their wives. Music has always been a huge part of our lives. My husband and I bonded over our love of playing the piano. We play organ/piano duets together. Over the years I have taught piano lessons off and on. And I have always played the organ at church. It seems that I have always loved sewing too. In the old days, I used to sew my own clothes. My mother taught me to try to make Christmas gifts instead of buying them whenever possible, so I have spent many years sewing and embroidering and crocheting and knitting Christmas gifts. Embroidering is one of my most relaxing activities. I don't often get around to framing my needlework, but I still keep on embroidering because I love it! Currently I am taking a BYU Independent Study class on writing. I want to become a decent writer so that I can do justice to the writing of my ancestors' family histories. Discovering the stories of my grandparents and great grandparents thrills me. Time flies when I am immersed in family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My great, great grandfather on my dad's side was an early leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My mother was the first member of the Church in her family. So I was blessed to see how a testimony of Jesus Christ blessed families over many generations and how it blessed my mother in the first generation. My childhood experiences of attending Church and reading the scriptures fostered in me a great love for this Church and for it's teachings. I read the Book of Mormon when I was ten years old. I loved it. It took me several months to finish it. At the end of my reading, I prayed to know if it was true. I was flooded with a conviction that it was indeed the word of God. My whole heart ached with a feeling of love from my Heavenly Father. Tears poured out of my eyes and out of my soul. I learned for myself that the Book of Mormon is true. And from that truth, I have gone on to learn that Joseph Smith really did see God the Father and Jesus Christ in the Sacred Grove. My testimony has continued to grow and expand as I have followed the teachings of the Savior. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings peace into my life. Following the counsel of the each of the prophets who have led this Church, has brought safety, joy, and peace to my family. I am a Mormon because I know through the Holy Spirit that the teachings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true. I know that the Priesthood power is real. It has blessed my life over and over again. I know that the Prophet leads us by the power of the Priesthood and through revelation. I have watched the gospel change my sons from boys into powerful men. I have witnessed for myself how service in the Church molds regular people into happy and productive men and women. I am a Mormon because I believe in in Jesus Christ. This Church is where I make covenants to follow him and learn how to become like him.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is my life. My husband and I try to read the scriptures daily. We prepare lessons for Church classes, and we go to Church activities frequently. When we were serving the youth, we had Church activities to prepare for and attend weekly. We both are assigned families to visit and teach at least once a month. Watching over those families soon leads to deep friendships that continue to bless our lives and shape our free time. We try to attend the Temple at least once a month, and weekly when possible. My husband plays the organ in the Temple sometimes which means getting out of bed at 4:30 AM. We talk about our faith constantly because it shapes all that we do and choose not to do. We are constantly working on improving our relationships with neighbors and friends and fellow church members. But our main focus is encouraging our family members to stay faithful through the difficulties and trials of life. We have pictures on our walls of Jesus Christ and Bible scenes and Joseph Smith and Temples to continually remind us to live worthy to have the presence of the Holy Ghost in our home and in our hearts. The books and magazines we read, the movies and TV shows we watch, and the use of our spare time is colored and shaped by our faith and testimonies. We keep the Sabbath Day holy by attending our church meetings and then participating in simple and wholesome activities like reading or visiting with family and friends. We get our work and shopping done on weekdays and Saturday so that we can rest on Sunday. It is a real blessing to have a quiet day once a week. When put on paper, it sounds overwhelming. But it is a lifestyle that we have adopted bit by bit and day by day. It is who we are. Each day we try to live a little better according to the teachings of Jesus Christ. We try, sometimes we fail, but we repent and then try again.