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Hi I'm April

I grew up in Anaheim, California. I work as a professor and director. I have four children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived in almost all of the time zones in the United States. I have graduated from college and earned a doctoral degree. I use that degree to teach college students. I also work with faculty and community partners to create projects that will assist students in becoming change agents to better our world. I have four children, two girls and two boys. They and my husband are the focus of my life. I enjoy reading (mostly mysteries and biographies), traveling the globe (whenever I can), entering contests (I've actually won a few!), and baking (especially during the holidays). I enjoy playing board games with my family and do it yourself projects.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS church). I was baptized when I was 12 years old. I was introduced to the Mormon faith by a friend of mine. Prior to that time, my mother had been on a "spiritual quest" of sorts and each Sunday my family and I would pack into the car and head to a different church. We visited a variety of faiths and participated in a variety of ceremonies and rituals. I had an opportunity to learn about the depth of these faiths and the testimonies of those involved. They were all quite moving. Then one day, my Mom said that we were going to visit the LDS church. I was very excited. I still recall walking into the doors of that church and how I felt. I felt the Spirit in a way I had never felt before. It was like coming home. From that point on, I continued to learn about the LDS church. My mother wasn't as convinced as I was, but she allowed me to have the LDS missionaries over to our home. I was able to receive the lessons from the missionaries. When they asked me if I wanted to get baptized, my mother told me that I could not. She was concerned that my faith was a "fad" or something I might feel differently about in the future. So, for several weeks after our discussion, I continued to go church. My Mom attended with me. I continued to pray that she would change her mind and one day, she did. I continued to follow the gospel then and continue to follow it today because I believe Christ. Not that I believe in Christ (although I do that too), but I believe that what he said was true. I believe he knows us. I believe he has a prophet on the earth today that he is guiding. As a person who believes in research and education, I know that our Heavenly Father wouldn't have created a world just to leave it there and everyone on it - alone. Jesus Christ died for us. He lives for us. He knows you and he knows me and I know this Gospel is true.

How I live my faith

In my branch, I have worked with small children (we call this Primary) and with the women (we call this the Relief Society) to put on activities, teach, and participate. I have enjoyed each position I have had in my branch. I am also a visiting teacher, meaning that I visit several women from our branch each month and we talk about Jesus Christ and discuss our divine heritage as women. Sometimes we meet at each others homes and sometimes we do things with one another in the community. I work with our local community non-profit agencies, and I inform them of church opportunities.