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Hi I'm Siiri

I am a mother, musician and organizer of uplifting productions. I live in Maine. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother first, out of necessity, and usually I love it. Sometimes I only like it. Sometimes I am grateful I am blessed with a supportive husband so that I can have a break to exercise, make music or serve others. I have six children, one daughter with Angelman Syndrome, and the family needs are intense sometimes. Taking a little personal time helps me be a better mother when I return! I love music. I sing jazz, classical and religious music. It brings me happiness and a sense of peace. As a child, I dreamed of performing the kind of music I heard from Bing Crosby's era. When I was in grade school I actually got in trouble for organizing a little concert performance of a song/dance I had planned in the basement of our school during recess. After being trained classically as an adult, and waiting patiently, I finally had the opportunity to pursue performance with the support of my family, forming the Foothills Jazz Quartet. It has been so much fun. I also love to teach. Performing alone has never been completely fulfilling. Whenever I learn something new that I love of any kind, I feel excited to share it with others. I teach music in our local school district once a week and I find joy in the excitement the students feel when they understand new concepts. I love to teach the gospel of Jesus Christ, too. It has brought me so much joy that I want to share it. I enjoy organizing musical/theatrical productions so I and others can share talents and testimony.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that what I believe is true. I have prayed to know. I have fasted and studied and struggled and found hope. I have lived it and found the principles I believe have been proven true. Being a Mormon gives me perspective. I can see how my trials are changing me and improving me. I have had countless experiences where my life circumstances have caused me to plead with the Lord for help and comfort. Sometimes, many times, those circumstances are the result of being a mother, particularly a mother of children with special needs. I know that without the Lord's help, I cannot do it. Even with the support of my husband and other family, there is more to do, more needs to supply than we can possibly do alone. When I live the gospel of Jesus Christ and these soul trying times come, I have peace, even amid the intense turmoil. The circumstances rarely change, but I am blessed with the courage and strength to face my challenges and the wisdom to know which needs to focus on. I also have hope that by following the counsel and guidance I receive through prayer, things will eventually be better. My capacity to deal with my trials increases through this process. These experiences also help me to appreciate the suffering that Christ endured so that he could understand and know how to succor me when I am struggling to cope. Being a Mormon brings me happiness and hope. It is more a part of me than anything else I do, even as much as I love music. I can find the Lord’s hand in everything in my life. I sing what I do because I love the Lord and I believe His promise that as I seek to lead a virtuous life I will be closer to my potential. I share my talents with others as an extension of my gratitude for what He has given me. I find hope in the knowledge we will stand before Him one day with perfected bodies and we will be whole. That hope keeps me going. Without it, I could not function every day. With it, somehow, even in my weakness, I am enough.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day as I pray and read my scriptures, relying on the Lord for direction in order to meet the ever-changing needs of my family. I live my faith as I set an example of obedience for my children. Being a mother offers the chance to live my faith as my children participate in sports and music. Sharing our beliefs about keeping the Sabbath Day holy and performing virtuously has been a blessing and source of strength in our community, supporting families of other faiths. My understanding of the atonement of Jesus Christ and his role as mediator in my life helps me to continue pressing forward in spite of the many times each day I fall short of my ideal. As a musician, I have been blessed to work with many talented musicians in varying projects and settings and with different beliefs. I live my faith as I hold to my standards. I find that whatever I practice for performance is in my mind and will be pulled out when I am struggling, either to strengthen me or to weaken me further, depending on what I have filled my mind with. I want to be strengthened and protect myself, so I sing only music that reflects my values. I have found in every genre, and right now focused on jazz, there are many songs that are fun and beautiful and crowd pleasing without straying from that. The fellas in my quartet know my standards now and when a song is requested that would not meet those standards, they sometimes step in on my behalf and let everyone know. It is awesome. As a member of the church, I've served in many different ways. I always learn more, change, and become better. Right now, I teach Institute, a class for students 18-30 to study the scriptures in depth. I love it. I have learned as much from preparing the lessons as the students have from participating. Sometimes my learning has come from what we are studying and often it has come from simply doing the prep and being in the right frame of mind for the Lord to touch my heart and speak peace to my mind.