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Hi I'm Angela

I am both British and Kiwi. I'm a mother and wife and am currently battling long term illness.

About Me

I am of both British and Maori descent. I enjoy cooking, singing, spending time with my family and watching great TV program's. I was born in Barnsley, South Yorkshire England. At 14 I moved to New Zealand with my family. I graduated from University and worked as a teacher until I became a mother. When my baby was a few months old my marriage ended and I unexpectedly became a single parent for the next five years. I decided to be a stay at home mother and returned to the UK with my baby for a fresh start. Now six years later I have recently married a wonderful husband who treats me with love and respect. He is my best friend and a great step father. Not long after our wedding I was diagnosed with a long term illness called ME. I have been extremely unwell and more recently was diagnosed with Addison's disease and osteomalacia. I always have a lot of bone and muscle pain and am chronically exhausted. Life is not what I expected and has not turned out how I planned but I am happy nether less because I have a wonderful family and the knowledge that "families can be together forever" makes it all worthwhile.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I grew up in the Mormon faith, I had to develop a testimony and learn for myself that the things I was taught are true. I have come to know for myself that this gospel is true and that my own personal happiness increases as I live the ways in which the Lord would have me live. This means trying to improve myself and become more like the Savior one small step at a time. Being a single parent in the past and battling poor health has lead me to rely upon my Heavenly Father and put into practice church basics such as prayer, personal scripture study and church attendance (when physically able). By doing this I have been able to grow closer to my Savior Jesus Christ and call upon him to help me through difficult times. Everyone has trials and difficulties in life. Going through divorce, being a single parent and more recently being diagnosed with chronic illnesses have been some of my biggest trials. However through trusting in the Lord and acting in faith (living basic gospel principles) I have been able to feel the love and support of my Savior. The Lord will not always take away the storm but he can calm us through the storm and we can grow and become more Christlike and understanding each day. I know that Jesus Christ is the son of God. He is my Savior and he lives. I know that his atonement has made it possible for families to be together forever. I am a Mormon because I want to become more Christlike and be with my family forever.

How I live my faith

As a mother and wife I try to be the peacemaker in the home. I try to study the scriptures personally each day and pray for help and guidance to teach my daughter good morals and principles such as kindness, honesty and patience. As a family we read the Book of Mormon together and have family prayers each night. This helps keep harmony in hone home. Due to my health conditions I am not always able to attend church on Sundays. However my husband and daughter attend church meetings and I attend when my health allows me. When I'm too weak I stay home and read gospel talks, scriptures and church materials. I live my faith through following the commandments and church teachings the best I can and repenting when I fall short. A wise person once said god doesn't care about what you have done in the past he cares about what you are doing now and who you are becoming. It doesn't matter who you are or what limitations you have, by living the principles of the gospel you can have peace in your life and find happiness with your families.