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Hi I'm Andrea

I'm a Mormon, wife, stay-at-home mom of two, vegan food connoisseur and outdoor adventurer.

About Me

I'm a fun-loving stay at home mom. I have two wonderful children whom I cherish every minute with. My husband and I met while attending university and we have been married for over 10 years. I love him so much. He is my best friend and I am so thankful for the love he has for our family. I love to bake and cook healthy, plant-based meals and treats. I start each day with personal and family prayers and a green smoothie. I feel like my life has been blessed abundantly and I am very happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have come to know one step at a time that the teachings, principles, and ordinances of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints help God's children draw nearer to the Savior than is possible by any other means. I have a deep sense of gratitude for the gift of the Book of Mormon and the revelations of modern prophets which give me so much spiritual clarity and direction. The overriding theme of Christ's gospel is love and this church help's me feel His love in a way that I cherish. Knowing that my family is an eternal unit, central to God's plan blesses my life at the very thought of it.

How I live my faith

I believe that decisions determine our destiny. Whether life is going smoothly and steadily or whether it's fast-paced and un-predictable, I feel it is important that the decisions I make reflect the person I want to be and know I am. Who do I know myself to be? I know that I am a daughter of God. I am divine and I am His. We are all His children and are the literal sons and daughters of a King. Knowing these things makes me understand how special every person who ever has, is, and ever will walk this earth is to Him. I feel privileged to be a leader in the Young Women program in our church and view my role, and all leadership roles as positions of servitude to Heavenly Father. We have the responsibility to be servants of all those who are in need of our help. I have many opportunities to help my children, husband, extended family, friends and complete strangers. In all I do, I try to champion Christ's name, as He championed mine so that I could achieve salvation despite my imperfections.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

Andrea
I think that the best way to increase your faith in Jesus Christ is to read the Book of Mormon. You cannot help but draw closer to God when you read it. Yes, it's an old book and record of an ancient people, but the stories and messages in it will increase the faith of people in our day. This is a book of scripture that you will be able to relate to! The next piece of advice that I would give anyone who wants to increase their faith in Jesus Christ is to pray. Talk to your Heavenly Father. Thank him for the blessings you have in your life. Ask Him to help you become a better person. Ask Him for forgiveness. Tell Him about your day. Ask Him for guidance and help. Strive to have a personal relationship with Him and you will feel His hand guiding you. Show more Show less

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Andrea
Women do not hold the priesthood in our church because it has not been commanded of the Lord for them to do so. This is not a statement on the spiritual capabilities of women. The structure and organization of the priesthood is based on revelation, and should God has simply not revealed that women are to hold the priesthood. I have faith that if we lived in a time where it became pertinent for women to be able to officiate priesthood ordinances that Heavenly Father could enable this to happen. After all, He is God, and all things are possible through Him. I should note that not every man in our church is entitled to receive the priesthood: they must be living in a way that makes them worthy of the ordination. The priesthood gives men the ability to officiate sacred ordinances in God's name, and the responsibility of doing anything in His name is taken very seriously. Perfection is not a pre-requisite, but constantly striving to follow Christ's example and the teachings of His church are. Mormon women lead the children's organization (called Primary) and are responsible for overseeing the teaching of all of the make and female children of the church. They are also responsible for leading the teen girl's organization (called Young Women). Women lead the Relief Society, which seeks to enrich the lives of women inside and outside of the church through its service and ministry. They sit on a variety of councils that govern the functioning of the church at all levels. Show more Show less

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

Andrea
By abstaining from harmful substances and prioritizing nourishing my body with healthful foods, I have the endurance I need to be physically and mentally present in my life. Proper nourishment gives me the energy to incorporate faith-enhancing activities into my daily life: prayer, scripture study, service and journaling. The Word of Wisdom, Heavenly Father's law of health, keeps those who follow it free from addictions and contributes immensely to their quality of life. Show more Show less