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Hi I'm Wendy

I grew up in Boulder City, Nevada. I'm a mother, producer, and writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm married to a very tall, very handsome and usually goofy husband, who makes me laugh--sometimes on purpose. I'm blessed to be the mother of five fantastic children and, therefore, a regular patron of piano recitals, dance performances, swimming lessons, soccer games and Target. Back when I had more brain cells, I earned both a B.A. and M.A. in English (Creative Writing emphasis) and still love to read and write, especially literary fiction, poetry, song lyrics and grocery lists. I also adore the theater (especially musical theater) and have been fortunate to produce and write scripts for dozens of community concerts. Currently, I serve as the Artistic Director for Zion's Youth Symphony and Chorus. Hiking, biking and snow skiing are all things I never get enough of. But most days, to save on babysitting, I workout to yoga or cardio/sculpting videos in the confines of my home office, where nobody can see how weird I look. I'm happiest when exploring the great outdoors, soaking in the beauty of the planet, and also when hiding behind my computer screen trying to describe things like the taste of pine nuts or the tenderness of a hug. I cherish time spent with my family but also treasure solitude and space to think. Needless to say, I'm conflicted. The yoga helps. But, my faith in the Lord, Jesus Christ, and His Great Plan of Happiness is ultimately what keeps me anchored, gives me direction and brings me joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The gospel of Jesus Christ, as taught in the Church, has always rung true to me. My parents taught the gospel in our home and made sure that we attended church every week. As I internalized their teachings and tried to live the principles of the gospel, I discovered for myself that they were good and true. However, it wasn't until I ventured out on my own that I truly became converted. As a senior in high school, I signed up to be a foreign exchange student in Bangkok, Thailand. I didn't speak a stitch of Thai, and I didn't know the first thing about Thai culture. As a stranger in a strange land, I felt intensely "alone." I was forced to evaluate all that I thought was normal and true. I began praying more fervently and reading the scriptures with a new intensity to find answers to my questions. Was God really there? Was the gospel of Jesus Christ, which was not widely accepted in Thailand, really true? Was the Book of Mormon truly the word of God? Had the Church really been restored through the prophet Joseph Smith? As I prayed and pored over the scriptures each day, I learned for myself that the answers to each of these questions was "yes." The Lord answered my prayers in personal and intimate ways every day. I knew He was there and He loved me. The Spirit testified to me over and over that the gospel, as recorded in The Book of Mormon, was true and that Joseph Smith, who translated that book, was a prophet of God. The testimony I gained of these truths during that time of trial and conversion has stayed with me. It has strengthened as I've continued to pray, study the scriptures, follow the living prophet and live the gospel. The Spirit continually testifies to me that God lives, He loves me, His gospel has been restored, The Book of Mormon is true, and there is a living prophet on the earth today. Living the gospel brings peace and joy that can't be attained any other way.

How I live my faith

Teaching the gospel is one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. I am a Gospel Doctrine Instructor at church; although, I think of myself as more of a discussion leader than an instructor. I always learn so much from the class members. Thanks to my mom, who made me take piano lessons growing up, I also play the piano for the woman's organization at church every Sunday. Don't tell Mom, but I enjoy playing the hymns and inviting the Spirit into our meetings through music. As the Public Affairs Director for our local congregations, I've had the opportunity to help build relationships in the community and promote understanding of our faith. In this capacity, I was blessed to put together an Interfaith Easter Concert this year. Individuals of many different denominations in our community came together to celebrate their shared faith in Jesus Christ. Friendships were forged and faith was strengthened at this beautiful and memorable event.