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Hi I'm Andrea

I am a mother of three biological children and four adopted children and a foster parent of thirteen. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I've always lived in some part of Ohio, married my sweetheart, and raised my family here as well. I love babies and children and wanted more than I was blessed with, thus fostercare and adoptions were diligently desired. Adopting hard-to-place children with mental, physical and emotional handicaps stretched me way beyond my limits. However, my love for them has never diminished. Time with my children, grandchildren and my sweet devoted husband bring me my greatest joy. After three of my older children graduated from college, married and had families of their own, I challenged myself with enrolling in college. I have worked at various jobs, but my children and grandchildren have always come first and I am there to help where I can. I started my own office service at home to help our oldest son on a mission and two daughters in college and eventually three in college at the same time. There is nothing as sweet (and enjoyably tiring) as taking care of your children's family with the birth of a new grandchild. I cared for my mother and mother-in-law in our home for thirteen years. I love to create, design and make my surroundings beautiful and peaceful, including inside and outside. I love the peacefulness of being alone in nature. Lastly, I enjoy music and playing the violin. I am an avid family history researcher searching for my family for the last thirty-six years from Italy to Poland to the United States.

Why I am a Mormon

I was a member of a protestant church growing up, through marriage and starting a family. We tried to reconcile what we studied in the Bible with what our church supported. What was done on Sunday was not carried forward through the week and was more like a business than a House of God. We began to church shop and found many good churches. Some had good ministers, some good choirs, some good youth programs and some good outreach programs. No one seemed to have the "corner on the market" so to speak. Our children were separated from us as soon as we entered. We decided that we would just stay home, read our scriptures and teach our children about Jesus Christ and God. Then a friend offered to send missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I didn't want to offend her so I said I would speak with my husband and he could tell her no. Much to my dismay he said "Yes." I set out to prove the missionaries wrong. However, the more I read and pondered from the Book of Mormon and the more I prayed for confirmation on what was taught, the more the Spirit testified to me the truthfulness of the missionaries' teachings. There is a scripture that says "Prove me now herewith" from Malachi, that was very applicable to me. The scripture that also guided me is found in Matthew 7:20, it states, "Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them." I watched the members, observed their interactions in multiple situations and their outreaching compassion for others in need, including those not of their faith. I was shown that the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are daily trying to do Heavenly Father's will by becoming who He wants them to be by following the example of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ in loving and serving one another. Jesus Christ is the Head of this church and I will follow Him all the days of my life united together with my husband and children.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving others. With my husband, we volunteer at the American Cancer Society resale shop weekly. I work with children each Sunday from 18 months through eleven years old. Their spirits are so pure and they love and learn eagerly. I also serve in the Columbus Ohio Temple two days each month. I play violin in the orchestra for the musical "This is Kirtland" that is performed for three weeks each July in Kirtland Ohio. I watch care over four women each month assisting them where needed. Lastly, I am the director over the northeast Ohio area that indexes names from various vital records that are made available for research by anyone throughout the world. I try to observe the need that others may have and then serve them in a way that will uplift them and support them.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Andrea
My testimony is an ongoing spiritual answer given to me by the Holy Ghost. It first began to build upon my knowledge that Heavenly Father loves me and that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and is my Savior. After much study, prayer and pondering, the Holy Ghost answered my many questions to know that Joseph Smith is indeed a prophet of God called to restore Jesus Christ’s church to the earth. It is wonderful that we have a living prophet today to guide us through these perilous times in which we live. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the Savior’s Church restored as in times of the Savior. Christ is at the head of this church. A testimony is something that you know to be true deep within yourself and is given as a great gift to you by the Holy Ghost. It is truth that you know deep within and cannot deny. To others it may not seem a tangible thing but is no less powerful. It is much like a mother's love for her new born baby. The love she feels is very powerful and true and given to her as a great gift, just as the baby she cradles in her arms. It propels her to action in nurturing, protecting and loving her child. A testimony likewise propels me to action striving to bring my life more in line with the example the Savior has set by learning more about my Father in Heaven and then reaching out to serve and lift those around me. Show more Show less