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Hi I'm Audrey

Audrey's the name and smiling is my thing. I'm an artist. I'm a poet. I'm an optimist. And most importantly, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a large imagination and I believe that the real world throws me in a box- so I like to live in my own. I have an unhealthy obsession with The Beatles and listen to them when I'm sad, mad, happy, stressed, etc. I'll find every excuse to use a Beatles reference and talk about the useless knowledge I know about the fab four. I generally have an old soul. I love Audrey Hepburn and I love watching "The Dick Van Dyke Show" when I'm not working, going to school, or painting. I currently attend LDS Business College and am studying Social Media Marketing . . . I plan on utilizing this degree to help publicize my artwork. People have been buying and commissioning my pieces since I graduated and I've been painting since the 9th grade. In high school I was part of the advanced placement painting class, I was an SBO, and I was on yearbook staff . . . my intention is not to brag. I'm just creating a simple summary of my simple accomplishments. As far as I'm concerned, I am still human and have insecurities, but regardless of my tendencies- I know that I am a daughter of God and he loves who I am, how far I've come, and who I aspire to be.

Why I am a Mormon

What a lot of people don't know about me is that I am a convert to the church . . . but not in the typical way. I was born and raised LDS and have grown up with the church standards in my home. For a long time I was stubborn and fell away from the gospel. I didn't think there was a God. I didn't want there to be a God. I wanted to justify all the things that I was doing wrong and I was determined to disappoint . . . until something very heart ripping happened in my life. I was diagnosed with sever depression and anxiety. To clarify this 'disease' for those of you who don't understand- depression is not a feeling . . . it is a chemical imbalance in the brain which causes one to lose all motivation, have morbid thoughts, and become something they're not. It isn't something you can just cure. It is like being diabetic- you have to maintain the illness and monitor it. My life became very dark. I distanced myself from the people I loved and isolated myself. At first, I cursed God and everyone around me for putting 5,000lbs of wear emotions on my heart, for causing me to wake up every morning with not utterance of hope, for every moment of anxiety, for all the scars, all the pain, all the suffering, for every second of feeling worthless, and for feeling like no one would care if I were to demolish my existence. The process was long and difficult . . . but my pride was shot down and I became humiliated to have to rely on a man made substance to make me happy. Then, instead of blaming God, I turned to him. I didn't just turn, but I ran to him tripping many times along the way. After feeling like I ran a marathon he opened his arms unto me and accepted me. Since then, I have become stronger in the gospel. Guaranteed, I still have my struggles and my testimony still waivers- but I know that through Jesus Christ our pain can be numbed. I have had this depression for nearly 8 years of my life and it has become bearable because of my faith in him. He loves me. I know this 110%.

How I live my faith

For a very long time I was the communications chairman in the singles ward. I made the programs and decorated the bulletin. Before church, I would create a small pamphlet that would be handed out before sacrament that included; the agenda for the meeting, the activities for the week, and I added inspirational quotes that everyone could ponder on for the month. There was also a bulletin board in the hallway of the church that I decorated and posted pictures of activities, added spotlights, and wonderful sayings from the prophets. Recently I got released from doing the program and received a new calling. I am still in charge of the bulletin, but now I have the privilege of spotlighting the women in the ward. I introduce them to the other members to make them feel special . . . I also make them a cute material bouquet of roses to show them how much I appreciate them. I want the women to know that their Father in Heaven loves them and that through me I can show them that love. I want to do everything I can to make them smile. I also got a small calling for the beginning of the year to put together the ward history for the church records. I'm supposed to gather all of the information, pictures, and events for the year 2014. I am very excited and love my callings. I know that they were given to me from God and that he wouldn't give me anything that I can't handle.

In whom should we have faith?

The definition of faith is to have complete trust or confidence in something or someone. Although we cannot see our father in heaven, it is faith that will bring us closer to him. It is vital to believe in him . . . in his timing, in his work, in his teachings, and in his plan. Yes, we must first develop a faith in God . . . but we also need to gain faith in ourselves. If we do not trust ourselves or have confidence in our lives- then how will we know to trust our Lord??? Show more Show less