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Hi I'm Mandy

I am the mother of a blended family of six children. I am a wife. I run an in-home day care. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for three years and are raising a blended family of six children. I came from a small family of two children, so learning the dynamic of mothering a large family has been an adventure! My husband is currently going back to school to further his education. We jointly run an in-home day care to provide this opportunity for him and our family. I was raised as a Lutheran but always felt something was missing. I remember talking with my mother about my feelings as a young child. I enjoyed going to church, but I never felt connected with Heavenly Father or the church itself. I had trouble answering questions about the faith or specific doctrines that were taught. After I became a Latter Day Saint, all of those missing pieces have been filled. I know who I am, I know what I believe and why I believe it. My husband and I are frequently asked about how we are successfully raising a blended family with all of the odds and statistics against us. It is only through our close relationship with Heavenly Father, the Savior and each other that we are successful. I am so grateful to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the church through my ex-husband's mother and sisters. (He was inactive and not interested in religion in general.) His mother and sisters were faithful members and were patient and kind with me in answering all my questions and inviting me to activities. When we moved away to school, I met one of my best friends who was a member. She was simply a friend to me. I remember having dinner in her home, going out to ice cream with her and just talking on the phone. There was a distinct difference I noticed immediately in her home. I couldn't describe it then, but it was warm, inviting, family and faith focused. I now know the feelings I had were promptings of the Spirit. It was many years later before I became a member, but I am eternally grateful to her and her family for the foundation she helped me lay. At the end of my first marriage, I was still not a member but felt a strong impression one Sunday to talk with the Bishop. As I sat in his office, I felt the Spirit so strong. I told him I was ready to be baptized. It was one of the greatest experiences of my life. For the next six months my testimony grew so strongly. At the end of that six months my first marriage ended, and I could see how Heavenly Father had prepared me to be able to handle that difficult time. While sad, I felt loved and cared for even through the pain. I stayed faithful and felt the loving hand of the Lord in my life everyday. I prayed to find a loving man strong in the faith to be my eternal companion. It was then I met my wonderful husband Matthew. He and I shared much in common and had similar goals and dreams in life. We have since been sealed in the Temple and work together each day to raise our family in the Gospel and be strength for each other. Simply put, I am a Mormon because I have a testimony through strong promptings of the Spirit, wonderful examples and influences in my life and the love I feel from Heavenly Father each day.

How I live my faith

I currently live my faith, first and foremost, by being a wife and mother. Our children have multiple places they call "home" so I worked very hard to do those things Heavenly Father asks of mothers so my children can feel the Spirit in our home. This includes family scripture and prayer, Family Home Evening (an evening each week dedicated to growing together as a family through activities and study), personal prayer and personal scripture study. My husband and I try to have weekly date nights to keep our marriage strong even if it's going to the store alone or getting a soda and sitting in our driveway to talk. We also try to visit the Temple together several times a year. There is no better place to strengthen a marriage or family bonds than in the Temple. In addition to home life, I also teach youth Sunday School (12 year olds) and visit two sisters in the ward as their visiting teacher. In addition to church and family, I also try to be a good example to those around me. This isn't always easy. I find myself frazzled most days between day care and my own children, but I am working to endure all things well. I want to be a good example, like those people who have impacted me in my past, so I can bring my friends and acquaintances to Christ.