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Hi I'm Andrea

I am a returned missionary, an Aggie, and a 5th grade teacher

About Me

Ever since being in school I've wanted to be a teacher. As a third grader, I would come home from school, and give spelling tests to my friends. Teachers were like friends, and classmates made school fun. I loved school shopping and anticipating the start to any new school year. Math, recess, writing, field trips, volleyball, piano, science... I loved it all. I've always planned on going to college and when it came down to choosing a school and a degree, it was the right choice for me to major in Elementary Education at Utah State University. Before my mission, I was a student at Utah State for two years where I enjoyed ice blocking down Old Main hill, eating lemon custard famous Aggie ice cream and going to basketball games. Job shadow experiences and internships showed me just how refreshing children are to be around. I discovered that teaching helps me to learn better, and that Dr. Seuss Day is much more enjoyable when you spend it with a second grade PE class as they play dodge ball with the teams called Thing 1 and Thing 2! I find motivation from Mary Poppins as she says that: "In every job that must be done there is an element of fun." There is no greater joy than being in the service of my Heavenly Father! I absolutely love being able to teach... not just teaching scales to piano students, or teaching states and capitals to 5th graders, but being able to teach sound doctrinal truth to those seeking it. This is the most enriching teaching experience!

Why I am a Mormon

I have been blessed to have grown up with the church my whole life. I continue to follow His gospel because I know of the blessings that church membership provides. I know that Heavenly Father has a plan for each one of His children. I know that I am a daughter of a loving Father in Heaven who knows me better than I know myself. I know that I can be an instrument in His hands through having righteous desires, a humble heart, and genuine effort. I know that this gospel was restored by a loving God through a living prophet, Joseph Smith. The fullness of the gospel was restored to this earth. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, I know that this gospel is centered on Christ and His atonement. Christ was the perfect example. He taught the gospel truths of faith, repentance, baptism, the Holy Ghost and enduring to the end. I know that as I strive to develop Christlike attributes, I am coming closer to the Savior. I still feel moments of inadequacy, like when I feel like I don’t have all the answers, or feeling inadequate in my ability to do my hair, or feeling that I can’t tell good stories, but in ALL times it is necessary to pray. If you have problems in your life, don’t’ assume that there is something wrong with you. If you are seeing more of your weaknesses, then that just might mean that you are moving nearer to God than farther away. I know that the scriptures can provide us with answers. I found great comfort in the words of scripture found in D&C 6:23 as I was struggling with sorting out my feelings of whether or not to serve a mission. It reads: Did I not speak peace to your mind concerning the matter? What greater witness can you have than from God?” Did I feel peace when I think about the decision to serve a mission. I did! I wanted to serve! I couldn’t even think of the reasons why NOT to go, I was overwhelming thinking of all the reasons why I SHOULD. My belief in God and that He wants to talk to me is why I a am Mormon.

How I live my faith

LIVING my faith makes all the difference! As I center my thoughts on Jesus Christ and seek to become like Him, my daily decisions are greatly affected. I live my faith by seeking the good and surrounding myself with it. What I read, what I listen to, what I eat, what I wear all have a tremendous impact on who I am becoming. I live my faith by being obedient. I see standards and instructions as safety measure intended to bless me. I desire to work to bring about good in my own life and work to help others experience the good news of the gospel. I treasure up the words of life as found in the scriptures by starting each morning with study and prayer. I then desire to share that by giving thanks, I expressing love and I sharing what I know to be true. I'm realizing that the key to recognizing God's goodness is receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. In all we do: exercising faith in Jesus Christ, repenting of our sins, and entering into the covenant of baptism, it cleanses us so that we are worthy tabernacles for the Holy Ghost to dwell in. I am so thankful for the influence of the Spirit in living my faith. I have been warned of danger, reassured in times of difficulty and led to find people in need. I go to church each Sunday to take the sacrament and remember the promise I've made to God and that He has promised me that I will ALWAYS have the Spirit to be with me. I believe in the power of a good idea. I live my faith through study, pondering and prayer and inviting others to do the same. This gospel is not just a good way of life, and Mormons are not just good people trying to do good things. We are God's precious children seeking to become like Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ so we can return back Home and live in Their presence forever with our families.