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Hi I'm Angie

I am a dancer and musician. I love learning about people and connecting with them through art. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The phrase "amber waves of grain" from the patriotic hymn, America the Beautiful, has always been a favorite of mine. I grew up in an agrarian region of the northwest, surrounded by gently rolling hills of wheat so the image of "amber waves" is one of nostalgia and pride, and for me is deeply patriotic. I have a love and respect for the natural world and I think it is so important to examine how we interact with it. As stewards of the earth, the earth has a sacred beauty that can enrich our lives and offer solutions to many societal problems and in an increasingly technological culture. I am in college now, studying environmental science and dance. To me, each form of dance holds a fascinating window into the culture that created it. I love getting to study the human body, not only anatomically, but artistically, emotionally, and interpersonally. I believe the human body is something sacred and intricately unique, designed with beautiful flaws and talents by a loving Heavenly Father. For me, dance is a way to express and share the story of the human condition.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the LDS faith. While many hold to the religion of their parents for reasons of personal identity and positive relationships, this is not the case with me. My family is made up of engineers and scientists, and I had always expected to follow suit. The moment when I realized that my interests were fundamentally different from those of my family members was at once both lonely and freeing. As I dropped the advanced math classes and refused a job in my dad's engineering lab, I even changed political parties. The gospel of Jesus Christ, however, is not a lifestyle choice. It is a set of eternal truths, a knowledge of the universe and Heavenly Father's plan for His children. Throughout my life and the process of self-discovery that led me to pursue dance, the church remained constant. Having read the Book of Mormon many times, it is a book that I cannot refute. I would be lying to say that I have not received divine guidance and answers to prayers or that this gospel was not restored to the earth through the hands of a 14 year old boy who asked a question of his Heavenly Father. We believe that all truth is circumscribed in a great circle, that it fits together and that on some great day we will have all knowledge. Until then, I know that this gospel brings me immense joy. It gives me personal identity as a daughter of God and the knowledge and assurance that I am doing what he gave me the skills and passions to do. I know that I am supported by a loving Heavenly Father and Mother and my brother, Jesus Christ, whose atonement is real and available to all who turn to Him.

How I live my faith

I teach gospel principles to others students every Sunday. I'm not paid, but I learn so much through the process of preparing my lessons and hearing the insights of the women that I teach. I love preparing discussions so that each member can participate and add their life experiences, views, and testimonies. I am constantly amazed at the ability that people have to connect and to uplift each other. I love watching little, positive interactions between strangers and friends and I believe this to be one of the best ways to live Christ's gospel- noticing the people around you and finding a connection. Christ was a people-person, He lived surrounded by people from all walks of life. To truly live His gospel, I think we need to live without prejudice but free love to all we encounter.