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Hi I'm Candace

I am a wife, a mother, an outdoor enthusiast, I like to prance, I'm a health nut with a big sweet tooth, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a loud and rambunctious, yet loving household. I would not have had it any other way, and I hope to keep it that way. Chaos is home to me (not contention, but chaos). I love being around lots of conversation-from serious and meaningful to jovial and fun-loving! I am a people watcher. I enjoy observing and learning from others words and actions, discovering funny quirks, figuring out the 'why' behind the way others do things (which has gotten me into trouble, but taught me a lot), and just delving deeper into someone's personality. As a Speech therapist to-be, I am a firm believer in the saying, 'communication is at the heart of life's experience.' Growing up with three older sisters, conversations are hard to finish, let alone keep on topic. This keeps our day-to-day stories suspenseful with lots of cliff hangers.

Why I am a Mormon

Love is the essence of this life and it is the essence of the gospel. I love to make people happy and the best way to make someone happy is to love them! Jesus Christ is our matchless example of charity. He chose to give His life for all mankind with his infinite atonement. As imperfect as I am, I still try to become more selfless everyday by being mindful of the way I spend my time. I strive to give of myself-my time and talents, to furthering his work and glory, which is to bring to pass the immortality and eternal life of man-all men. There are a lot of hands to hold, feeble knees to strengthen, minds to enlighten, and hearts to warm. Like the story of the man throwing helpless starfish back in the ocean despite the knowledge that he could never save all or come even close to saving half, at least I can say "I made a difference for that one."

How I live my faith

The best way I serve others is by being an example, particularly in my roles as a wife & mother. Being married to someone with the gift of a constant eternal perspective & zeal for life is a matchless blessing, but also a challenge during times that I struggle to be happy because I feel like he doesn't understand my sorrow. While he comforts me I learn the most about what it means to love unconditionally! He looks passed my imperfections and sees my potential. I believe we literally see Christ in others who show the pure love of Christ. Being a mother of an innocent child is an incomparable gift that stretches me beyond capacities I never knew I had & into a crazy side I never knew existed..& wished did not exist. My siblings have called me the golden child due; I feel like I now understand their frustration in not being able to get upset with me because I can never truly be upset with my son when his intent is so pure. I have found my greatest trials have been due to my state of mind, rather than the physical state I am in. After being very prayerful during the course of writing my former boyfriend, and now husband, on his two year mission, I almost wrote him off completely. I had experienced the presence of "a being from the unseen world," who surrounded me with darkness thicker than I had ever experienced-I felt of no worth. My family & friends pulled me through it, but my self-perception was not completely healed. More than two years into our marriage I became pregnant. To my dismay I wasn't excited. Feelings of inadequacy overpowered any personal celebrations I had imagined. 'So many yearn for their own child. How could I not want to be a mom?" When he came into this world I experienced one of the deepest & most beautiful feelings-unconditional love. It did not matter what he looked like or what his future weaknesses may be, he was of infinite worth & always would be. Vincent, which means conqueror, helpied me conquer the natural man in me.

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

Candace
Grace is "divine means of help or strength, given through the bounteous mercy and love of Jesus Christ." Grace is often unseen, such as when you find strength to move forward when you thought you could not take anymore. Grace can be seen in the eyes and acts of others-through a forgiving smile, a warm hug, a selfless offer. Grace was made possible through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Because of his sacrifice in Gethsemane and on the cross of Calvary each of us has the power to do good and give of His grace. Grace is an "enabling power." It is only through His grace and atonement combined with our best efforts, that each of us can reach exaltation. Show more Show less