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Hi I'm Angela Kirkby

I grew up in Southern California. I love the outdoors and spending time with my family. I'm a mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 7 children. I have 5 girls and 2 boys. We are a very active family that enjoys being together. I love to be outdoors, whether it is to watch one of my children play a sport, or camping, gardening, hiking or just going for a walk. I like to help out in my children's schools. Right now I am an instructor for radKIDS, a program that helps children learn how to keep themselves self safe from the many negative influences in this world. I love working with children and I see the beauty of God's love in their innocence. I graduated from college, Brigham Young University, before I got married. I married a student and life was typical of college students. After working in the public school for a year, I chose to be a stay at home mom. My husband and I started up our own business and after 11 years of trying to make it work, decided we needed something more stable for our family. Although I don't work outside of the home, I feel like I am making a difference in my children's lives and the lives of those children I come in contact with. I love learning new skills and meeting new people. I am not afraid of new challenges that will surely come with life, and I am grateful to know that I don't have to experience them alone. When all is said and done, I can say that I love my life and the family I have been blessed with.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that was active in the church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints. I grew up knowing that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me and wanted me to learn and grow in my understanding of His plan for me. I was 14 years old when my younger brother (3 1/2 years old) died. I went through a period of time where I questioned the things I had been taught. It was through my searching for answers and comfort, that I discovered for myself that I truly did have a Heavenly Father who was aware of me and wanted me to come to Him for comfort and understanding. I learned that even though my brother had been taken from us, he still lived, and that we could be with him again someday. I learned that families really are meant to be together forever! I learned that I could find peace if I would trust in Him and turn to Him instead of the world. The world wanted me to feel angry and curse God for taking my brother, Heavenly Father wanted to comfort me and show me the bigger picture of His plan for me. I found that comfort in Him and I continue to find the strength and peace that I need as I go through the challenges of life. The things I know and continue to learn teach me eternal principles, not just things for the here and now. The world leaves out the part Christ plays in our lives. Choosing to have Christ in my life is a huge blessing to me. I have learned through my experiences that the Lord is there for us. We only need to let Him into our lives. I know that following the commandments and the teachings found in this church will bring true happiness, an eternal happiness, that cannot be found anywhere else. I know that a modern prophet, Joseph Smith, was visited by an angel, named Moroni, and given sacred records from prophets of old to translate for us to have today. I know that the power of God, the Priesthood, was restored through Joseph Smith. I know Christ lives and loves us. I know He is there for us, we just have to seek Him.

How I live my faith

I love being involved in my church. In the past, have been able to teach children the basic doctrines of the church. I have also been involved in helping to organize the women in the area to provide service to those in need and provide opportunities to have activities that bring the women in the neighborhood together to socialize. I am currently involved with the young women, usually seniors in high school, in my neighborhood. I help them to plan a yearly camp experience (one week in the summer) up in the mountains for other young women, ages 12 to 18, in the area. The girls are responsible for coming up with a theme for the camp, the daily activities at camp, the morning and evening ceremonies, and activities that allow service toward others while at camp. First aid is a priority that is taught during this time. I love knowing that the things we focus on at camp are things that will help these young women throughout their life. Each morning and evening ceremony includes a patriotic theme and activity. Spiritual thoughts are also part of this time together.. Some of the ceremonies also include fun get to know you games. This camp is a huge undertaking for these girls and I am continually impressed and amazed at the leadership these girls learn through the experience.