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Hi I'm Angela

I am a sister and daughter. I'm an aunt to 15 amazing nieces & nephews. I'm an amateur poet and outdoor enthusiast. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in California, the daughter of a hard-working police officer who worked for L.A. county, and a hands-on mother who was always there for us. My father made a long, hour-commute every day so that we could grow up in a safer environment. I loved my childhood, loved spending time with my five siblings and running amuck around our quiet neighborhood, especially when we lived in a quiet valley community 20 minutes out of town. There we lived in a two-story, farm-style house my Dad designed himself (once it was completed). Until that house was completed we lived in trailers, so it was a little rough at that time, especially for my mom, but both parents did all they could to make life happy for us. My sister and I shared a trailer just to ourselves, so I think we felt quite adult and adventuresome. It was rather an ordinary childhood, with ups and downs, but overall a happy one due to my wonderful parents and to having the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. As an adult, though I've had struggles, I've been blessed with many great opportunities. I was able to work in Alaska 4 different summers, one of the most wild, beautiful places on earth. I graduated with a B.S. in English studies in 2014, doing what I loved, reading and writing, all while developing critical thinking skills that have helped me in other aspects of my life, even in my recent work for a title company. Soon, I will be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints contains the fullness of Christ's gospel as He established it when He was on the earth, and living that gospel has brought me so much happiness and has carried me through the most difficult times in my life. Through living the gospel I have come to learn of the power of prayer and the power of Christ's Atonement, which allows me not only to repent of my sins but enables me to overcome my weaknesses and gives me a greater love for others. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior and through Him I can live again, both spiritually and physically. I know I'll see the loved ones I've lost in this life; all my grandparents, my aunt, one of my best friends growing up ... again. This life is not the end. And while I live in this world of great beauty, and yet often turmoil and heavy trials, I am grateful to know that we have a living prophet in these latter-days, Thomas S. Monson, who is the head of the twelve apostles, and who guides Christ's church through the power of revelation. His words are not for the church alone, but for all of God's children. He testifies of Christ, he is a personal witness of Him, as well as the other apostles. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, called to restore the gospel in these latter-days, and anyone who reads Joseph Smith's account and reads the Book of Mormon, can know of this truth and can draw closer to the Savior Jesus Christ by reading His words. The Book of Mormon is the word of God just as the Bible is; both books of scripture were provided for God's children to stand as a witness of Christ. God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He lives and He speaks to His children still through His chosen servants. I strive to love and serve Him with all my being and look forward to serving a mission to bear testimony of Him and his beloved son Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints, otherwise known as the Mormon church, has been the greatest blessing in my life besides my wonderful family. For one thing, the church is very family-focused. Though I have not been blessed to have a family of my own just yet, I have a ward family in the form of the singles ward that I attend. A ward is one of the units within the church, organized along geographical lines, that allows for every member and every family to be accounted for. A ward allows us to serve each other and to serve others in the community. I attend my ward every Sunday and at times have been asked, as a ward missionary, to teach the Gospel Principles class, in which we discuss the basic doctrines and beliefs of the church. The gospel principles class helps provide a good foundation of faith in Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ and in their loving purposes for us as God's children. I also have had the responsibility within my ward to be the historian for our ward's women's organization, the Relief Society. Whenever we have an activity or service project, I have kept track of how it went and written a brief history of each event. At our last event we collected goods to give to the local Dove center to help women and children who have been forced to flee their homes due to violent or unsafe conditions. I am grateful that I've been given these opportunities to serve and to grow as a person and use my talents. And the best part is that I chose to accept my callings within the church, it was not forced upon me. Besides service opportunities afforded me by the church, I have had the opportunity to serve in the community through other organizations. For a time, I interned with the Alzheimer's & Dementia Society, a local grassroots organization. They have many great programs and services they offer to the elderly in our community. Working within that organization is one of my all-time favorite experiences.