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Hi I'm Mandi

I'm from Utah. I'm studying to be a secondary education English teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love all things outdoors and nature-related and I have been blessed to spend much of my time in the mountains, lakes, and deserts of my home-state. I also love great literature and find that I draw inspiration from the genius of talented, dedicated authors. Writing is my dominant hobby and I hope one day to create a believable, flesh and blood human from ink and paper. I also dearly love Irish culture and spend much of my time seeking out Celtic and Irish music, legends and legacies as well as researching their many political and religious struggles in more recent years. Movies are the other major hobby of mine, though I tend to watch the same favorite few over and over instead of spending all my time at the theater. I firmly believe every individual has a story worth telling.

Why I am a Mormon

Put very simply, I am a Mormon because it's a good way to live. I can see that by following the principles of this gospel I will be able to look back on my life with satisfaction. As someone born into a family of active Latter Day Saints, I faced a crisis of faith as a teenager. I have a deep interest in other religions and seeing the differences and similarities between other sects and my own naturally led me to question the absolute truth of Mormon doctrine. The cornerstone I had during this time of searching and pondering and worrying was Jesus Christ. I have loved Him as long as I can remember and I have felt His love in return so while I questioned the origins and the specific principles and ordinances of my church, I never had to question Him. For that reason I think my trial was not as difficult as others because I never felt completely alone. In time my faith strengthened as I wrote down and remembered evidences of the divinity of this gospel. I based much of my judgment on the results and works of a life lived according to gospel standards because Jesus said, "by their fruits ye shall know them." I continue to actively participate in my LDS faith because He has shown me that the works and fruits of this labor are good, and the Holy Spirit has borne witness to me that the doctrine is divine and eternal.

How I live my faith

I have been a teacher since I left the youth program. I have taught the small children and the women in each ward I have lived in and I sincerely enjoy the teaching program and curriculum. I also love the visiting teaching program because I have found many friends as I go and visit women in my student wards. While at college everyone tends to get a little wrapped up in their own exams and essays and it is easy to build a shell or be anti-social. I have a weakness for that sort of behavior and so the assignment to go and visit two girls in the ward at least once a month helped me see that there are others who need help and assistance and who are willing to assist me. As a person not naturally prone to serving others, I have found that visiting teaching makes me a more Christ-like individual and I hope as I continue to observe my callings I will develop a greater aptitude and sensitivity for finding others in need and knowing how to help them.