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Hi I'm Andrea

I love to travel. I love to play volleyball. I love to teach, to sing, and to meet people. And I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I have an MA in Teaching, and now teach students about lovely ideas from Shakespeare, Bach, Rembrandt, and others. I love to play pick-up volleyball, and I love seeing the world. As Tennyson penned, "I cannot rest from travel. I will drink life to the lees!"

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe that Gospel living abundantly improves my quality of life. Physically I have a strong incentive to avoid things that will damage my body. Emotionally I have a community of supportive and loving peers who are there to assist and befriend me at all times. Most importantly, spiritually the Gospel uplifts my soul by giving my life meaning and purpose: we are to be selfless and love each other. I have experimented on this principle time and time again--testing both loving others and choosing to be self-absorbed--and I have always felt the most at peace with my life when I am applying the lesson of love that Jesus Christ taught so long ago. Gospel living helps me continually reframe and focus in on what's important; the messages of how to live come from sources that I trust because the messages always improve my life. God speaks. He has different avenues of communication, and I am a Mormon because I believe that the avenues of revelation in this church are powerful, clear, and true. This is a Gospel of experiments, and as a seasoned member of this faith, I have put many of these messages to the test. The counsel that I receive from the scriptures and from prophets has been invaluable in steering my life course to a life of joy. I am a Mormon because this Gospel teaches me how to love and how to feel God's love for me.

How I live my faith

I participate in my community of faith by acting as a behind-the-scenes coordinator for the very important service of Sacrament Meeting. It is the goal of this meeting to remember the Savior, to renew promises we have made to God by taking blessed bread and water, and to grow spiritually as a congregation. I choose themes for the day and ask different members of the ward to give talks that follow the themes. The focus of the talks will vary between different principles of the Gospel, such as faith in Christ, love for others, obedience to the commandments of God, etc. I love going to the meetings now and hearing people's insights on these different themes.