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Hi I'm Audrey

I'm a hard-workin', fun-havin' stay-at-home Mom. I love my family. I love my friends. I love the Lord. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born of "goodly parents," who taught me the gospel from my early childhood. In 2000, I was sealed/married to one of my best friends from High School, (less than a year after he returned from his mission to Anaheim, CA ,Spanish-speaking), in the Salt Lake Temple. We now have three adorable boys and one precious little girl who keep us busy, and happy, and full of the challenging, "growing" experiences of parenthood. I like to talk - via the internet, or in person, or on the phone, or to myself :-) I enjoy camping, hiking, biking (just around the neighborhood and such, nothing serious), scrapbooking (though I don't find much time for it lately), doing crafts & home-improvement projects, and participating in Church activities. I really love my life right now and I'm grateful for all my wonderful blessings and trials (A.K.A. "blessings")

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I was raised in the Gospel, I've had the choice, like everyone else, to continue to live it or not. When I was 14 years old, I began attending LDS Seminary as a release-time class in school. We were studying Church History & the Doctrine & Covenants that year. My seminary teacher invited us every day to pray about whether Joseph Smith was a true prophet. One day, I figured I might as well accept the challenge & ask God myself. I knelt in my bedroom, feeling a little nervous, & asked my Heavenly Father if Joseph Smith was indeed His prophet. I waited a few seconds, listening. I soon felt a very distinct warm feeling that told me in my heart that he most definitely was His prophet & that the Book of Mormon was truly translated by His power, through Joseph Smith. I had thought before that I knew these things, but it was nothing like what I felt after I had actually asked & listened for the answer. I closed my prayer with expressions of gratitude & a smile on my face. I felt like singing & dancing, & shouting to the whole world that I knew the truth for myself & that they could too!! It was a wonderful experience! I LOVE to live the Gospel!

How I live my faith

I pray daily, study my scriptures on my own and with my family, and try to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ in my everyday life. My husband and I feel guided in my decisions as we seek the Lord's help. I am currently serving as a Wolf Den Leader. I love planning activities with the other leaders for these young boys, and seeing them learn & grow.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Audrey
Basically, I don't ever want to be addicted to anything. I choose not to drink any caffinated drinks either. My mom taught me that if I never had any of it, I'd never have to fight the desire to have it. So, I've just never even wanted to try anything with caffeine or alcohol in it. I know that I have been blessed with good health as a result of this choice, especially because it is God's will that we keep our bodies free from addiction. :-) Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Audrey
 Of course not. We believe that everyone living on the Earth is a beloved child of our Heavenly Father! Regardless of the beliefs of one person or another, we are all able to serve & love one another. Just as Jesus served & taught people of many differing backgrounds - Jews, Samaritans, Romans, etc. - we follow His example in serving & loving everyone not just Mormons. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Audrey
It's a family of worshippers. It's a congregation. Our wards (or "branches," our term for smaller congregations), are organized geographically. Basically, where we live determines what ward we attend. Sometimes, two or three wards share one meetinghouse and simply meet at different times. A group of wards is organized into what we call a "stake." Members of a ward can become very much like a family as we study, pray, and serve together. Members of the ward receive "callings" from the Lord through the Bishop (head leader, like a pastor). The callings can include anything from teaching & playing with the youngest children at church, to running the ward library, to being a Scout leader, or choosing the songs to be sung in our sacrament meetings. As we humbly serve one another, our relationships deepen & we seek ways to serve each other beyond our respective callings! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Audrey
No, we worship God, the Father, and His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet, like Moses or Abraham. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Audrey
Life on this earth is one of the greatest gifts from God. When a pregnancy begins, a body is being created for a Spirit to to enter and begin its life here. To abort a baby is to deny that Spirit the opportunity to accept that body and come to earth at this time. It also denies the parents of that baby the many blessings and challenges that would come from seeing the pregnancy through to the end and whatever comes after that. Whether the child is raised by the biological parents or by adoptive parents, he or she would be a blessing in the lives of many people. Although my pregnancies have been extremely challenging, and raising my children is no easy task, my life is infinitely enhanced by having these children in my life! Abortion is a tragic decision for everyone involved, but most devastating from the point of view of the child whose life is taken! Show more Show less