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Hi I'm Audra

Just takin' things one day at a time.

About Me

I love spending time with my family and really strive to be the favorite aunt! I'm optimistic & love to look for the "silver-linings" in my life. I love God and Jesus and try to live my life in a way that is pleasing with Them. I love hiking, camping, fishing -- basically being outdoors. I feel closer to God when I can appreciate His creations all around me. I love getting to know people & understand them beyond what can be seen on the surface. Sushi has become a favorite in the last couple of years. I enjoy making new friends no matter where I am. I enjoy reading, painting, being creative, and making quilts. There's nothing like working with my hands - gardening, fixing/building things, "getting my hands dirty"...etc. I love the feeling of accomplishment. I also love to laugh and have fun in life! I am easily amused and random movie quotes come into my head at the strangest times! I am my own person - I like to be different & goofy at times; but, I also know when to be serious. My best friend and I were sealed recently for time & all eternity. What a blessing! It has been a long road to get where we are! God definitely has a plan & it definitely turns out better than our own, though!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). I was baptized when I was eight; but, it wasn't until my high school years when I truly started questioning what I had been taught. "Was it really true or did I just go along because it was expected?" was something I wondered about often at that time. I realized that I couldn't lean on my parents', or even my teachers' & Church leaders', testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I struggled as I tried to figure out what I knew, and what I should do. It was at this time that I really did notice God's hand in my life. There were several things that testified to me that what I had been taught was indeed true. The most touching to me, though, was the experience I got to have while with a friend's ward who did a re-enactment of the pioneers. While in Wyoming, at Martin's Cove, the leaders asked each of us to go off somewhere secluded and pray, read our scriptures, or just ponder. I can remember kneeling in waist-high grass and pleading with God in prayer, asking if He truly knew ME. Was He aware of ME. And I got an answer. And that answer has changed my life. The answer didn't come in the form of voices or visions. It came by a still feeling of peace and comfort - with an assurance that I already knew - that I HAD known it all my life - that it WAS true. Tears ran down my cheeks as I felt God's love for me. I knew that He was aware of me, that He had never left me alone. Also, that He knew exactly what I had gone through, what I was going through, and what I would face in my life. I am a Mormon because I know that it is truth. I know, for myself, that it is what I am supposed to be doing with my life. I know that I can pray to Him anytime, anywhere if I need Him. I know that living what I was taught has made me the happiest I have been in life. I know that God lives, I know that Jesus lives, and I know that I will get to see Them again. Why wouldn't I be a Mormon?!

How I live my faith

I love the stories of Jesus lifting burdens, healing the sick, truly LOVING everyone. He is the ultimate example of hope, peace, comfort, love, and so many more things! I want to be like Him and I try to live each day, following His commandments and example. I can't say I am perfect at it - since He is the only perfect One. But, I will say that I try each day to be a little better than I was the previous day. Recently, I returned from serving a mission in Charlotte, North Carolina, (the South is amazing!!!) to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ with those individuals who were looking for truth, hope, or who just needed Christ in their lives. My goal setting out was to love those people that I met and help them to recognize God's love for them. Sometimes, it is not easy living by faith; but I know without a doubt that it is most definitely worth it in the end! What I believe is not just spoken; it is a lifestyle. Every day is a new day to be a little better at being Christlike than I was the day before. Some days are better than others. But I know that God is pleased with every effort I make to come closer to Him.