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Hi I'm April

Californian through and through, I'm a singer-songwriter, a feminist, and a Mormon!

About Me

I'm 20 years old and I grew up along the shores of Monterey Bay, California. I hate the cold, but I love the ocean so much I will always jump in, even when its only 53 degrees. It's not so bad once your feet go numb! I love to sing and write songs; I spent the last two years as a music major in college, singing opera for a grade. It was awesome. Outside of school, my music taste consists of 60s folk, British 80s rock, and Vampire Weekend. I do know, like, one song by Ed Sheeran though, so I'm not TOTALLY out of touch with the mainstream. Passionate about art, English grammar, and big cities.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a part of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the greatest blessing in my life because it is the thing that most helps me to be a better person. All of my core values - love, charity, learning, family, bravery, etc. - come from the things I've learned and experienced as a member of this church. Additionally, this gospel has given me answers to big questions, answers that not only make sense, but also make me feel good. Every bit of truth we have in this gospel points to the fact that we have a purpose, and that God loves us more than we can understand. Of course, the biggest reason I'm a member of this church is that it's God's church, the one church on the Earth led by Jesus Christ himself, with all of the truths and practices that existed when Christ was on the Earth. I know this because I've prayed and asked God myself, and I've repeatedly felt His presence and assurance that it's all true.

How I live my faith

I grew up heavily involved in the community; between my interactions with church and the local community theatre, I knew pretty much everyone in my small town. I think that a major part of living like Christ is loving like Christ, and Christ loved everyone. I've tried to get to know as many people as possible in my sphere of influence on a personal level, and when you know someone well, you can't help but love them. I absolutely love my community, and the more I get to know them, the more clear it is to me that they are sons and daughters of Heavenly Father. All of them, Mormons and non-Mormons alike, have divine gifts and attributes, and I know that God has a plan and a purpose in mind for all of them. On Sundays at church, I teach our women's group, leading a discussion on how we can support eachother, become stronger in our faith and character, and uplift others. I consider myself a feminist because I believe that women have infinite worth, equal to that of men, and that it's important for every woman to be uplifted and supported in every role she undertakes. That's what I've been taught in the church my whole life, and that's among the many things we talk about in our women's group on Sundays.