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Hi I'm Andrea

I grew up in a small Utah town. I'm learning to know the truth for myself and be a true follower of Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As the youngest of seven girls in my family, I had every reason to feel like I had to "live up" to the standards they had set, but slowly I am learning that being my own person is okay, with all of my flaws and quirks and everything. I believe there is not only one exact path to Jesus Christ- everyone can follow His footsteps in their own way, with their own talents. I am learning to find my own path and talents, and what I know so far is that I can use my musical gifts to bless others' lives. I am studying music at Utah State University, and I hope that as my knowledge of music grows, my knowledge of how to use my passion to bring others closer to Christ also grows. When I'm not singing, you can usually find me with my nose in a riveting novel (Harry Potter, anyone?), pretending that I can dance well, spending time with my loved ones, working, relaxing with chocolate and Netflix, enjoying nature, and doing the little things that help me feel closer to Christ. And while music is my passion, my greatest dream is to be a wife and mother of a beautiful family, as well as a true follower of Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a faithful, church-going Mormon family, so the gospel has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Church was just as much a "normal" part of the week as school was for me. I always believed in the gospel, but it wasn't deeply rooted in my heart. I fell into serious sin, and even though I didn't fully understand what I was doing, it affected me deeply. I carried the weight of guilt for years. But as I learned of Christ's Atonement, I knew what I needed to do, and I took the steps required to repent. It was terrifying at first, but then I was filled with a complete peace, unlike any feeling I had known in years. I felt God's love as strongly as an embrace, and I knew that the gospel I had been learning about was real. I felt an overwhelming desire to do what was good for the rest of my life. Unfortunately, that desire has been muted at times by challenges-- fear sometimes shouts so loud that we forget our faith. However, I have found ways to renew and build that desire in everyday living. I know without a doubt that this church is true, Joseph Smith was a true prophet, and we are led by a true prophet today. God's love for each of His children is incomprehensible, but it is real, and it is available for all of us if we just seek Him. There is no person that is beyond the reach of His love. It is infinite, it is glorious, it is unconditional, it is eternal, and it is something that everyone needs. That is why I have chosen to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints-- this gospel has given me the knowledge of God and His love, which has been the greatest blessing of my life.

How I live my faith

I have had a couple of church callings in the past, both of which were presiding over different groups of young women in my ward. In those callings I grew to have a love for each girl, and I did my best to make sure they felt welcome in our church. Now that I no longer have those callings, however, I find that the best way to live my faith is to live it through song. The Lord has taught that "the song of the righteous is a prayer unto me," (D&C 25:12). I know for myself that those words are true-- when I sing of virtue and of Christ, that is when I feel God's love the most, and I know that He is listening. Other than through music, however, I guess you could say that I live my faith in simple ways. I do this by trying to follow the example of Christ in everyday living. This is not always easy-- for example, people in our lives often say or do hurtful things out of sadness or anger or insecurity, and our first instinct is often to try and hurt them back. Words and actions can be indescribably painful. But instead of letting anger control my actions, I remind myself that they are a child of God, precious and loved, and they are probably just facing circumstances that I do not understand. So I forgive them, even if it takes a while, and that opens up room in my heart to love them as Christ would.