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Hi I'm Aubrey

I was born and raised in the great state of Texas! I am a tuba player, a pole vaulter, and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am currently going to school at BYU-Idaho and I am studying child development. I have just a couple more semesters until I receive my bachelors, then I would like to go on and receive my masters in speech pathology. I absolutely love working with children. I love seeing them grow and understand different concepts. I love to play and interact with them. I work at a daycare where I am the head teacher of the two year old classroom! I have 15 children in my classroom. It can get a little hectic, but it is the most rewarding job I have had up to this point. Other then being with children, I love to play soccer, and basketball, and I also love to cook! The outdoors is where my heart is. I love to hike, bridge jump and look at the stars. I have been blessed with a large family. I am the seventh of eight children. We are all scattered around the U.S, but though we may be physically distanced we are all very close otherwise.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born within the church. Both of my parents are members, so I have always been attending the church. When I was younger I went to church, because that is what I was supposed to do. I never really second guessed it until I got older. I relied on the testimony of my parents to carry me through, until I realized I had to find out for myself if what I had been learning was true. I knew that we had a Heavenly Father and I knew that he loved me. I had felt him there and I had seen his protective hand in my life many times, but I needed to know if the gospel that I had grown up knowing was true. It seemed as if everyone else around me had such a strong and sure knowledge of the gospel, but I was lacking. So I prayed. I asked our Heavenly Father what I needed to do in order to find out if the gospel was true. After my prayer I sat and listened. The first thought that entered my mind was to read the Book of Mormon. After being a member for many years I had not yet actually read the Book of Mormon cover to cover. Over the next eight or so months I diligently studied out the book. I asked questions to my parents and friends of anything that I came across that I did not understand. Finally I finished the book, and towards the end of the book there is a promise. That promise is that if you have read the book and sincerely ask Heavenly Father if it is right, then you will receive a confirmation of the truthfulness of the book and therefore of the gospel. As I got down on my knees again I prayed with a sincere heart. There is nothing more that I wanted then to know if it was true. After my prayer I sat in silence and then felt an overwhelming feeling of peace and comfort. Right then and there I realized that the teachings within the Book of Mormon are true and that the gospel is true. There have been bumps along the road, and there always will be, but knowing the church is true and knowing that my Savior lives and loves me brings me hope.

How I live my faith

Within the church I have had many opportunities to serve others. I have been a Sunday school teacher numerous times and I am currently one now. I absolutely love my calling. I feel as if preparing the lessons teaches me so much and then I am able to teach what I have learned, and in return gain so much insight from those that I am teaching. I also have the opportunity to visit with a few of the other women in the church each month. I would have a companion and we would prepare a lesson for the individual we were going to see. This would help us to get to know each other on a more personal level and help us to develop that love and friendship for each other. I am preparing myself to serve as a missionary for the church and I am so excited to be an ambassador of our Heavenly Father. I will be heading out to the California Redlands mission very soon. I am very grateful for this opportunity and could not imagine spending my time anywhere else! This does not mean I am not nervous. New experiences are always nerve wracking and exciting, but I know this is where I am supposed to be and I know this is where the Lord wants me to be!