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Hi I'm Angie

I've lived in 7 different countries. I'm married to my best friend. I'm the mother of 1.5 kids. I'm happy. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a wife. I met my husband the summer we both turned 15. He was the first boy I ever held hands with, and I am so happy that he will be the last. I am a mother. My little girl, Geneve, smiles like Quasimodo; every time her little eyes and nose scrunch up and her lips spread in a tooth-filled smile, I melt inside. My other little one is due in July 2012; according to babycenter.com, he/she is currently the size of a lemon. I am a student. Only 3 more credits stand between me and my BA in French, Spanish and Humanities. What will I do with this trove of knowledge? Teach? Travel? Translate? Talk to my children in Franglish and confuse their little minds? Maybe all of the above. I am a photographer. In the past two years, I've had a small but successful wedding photography business. Do I really get paid to attend weddings and eat cake and cream puffs? Yes I do. I am a traveler. From the age of one to eleven, my family lived in the United Kingdom. It was there that I caught the travel bug, and I've had a fever ever since. I've been very fortunate to visit dozens of countries across the globe; I even got to live in a few for an extended period of time: China, France, Switzerland, Luxembourg and England. More details: I believe in recycling. I am a shameless thrift store queen. I am debt free. I am an unconditional lover of all things Coldplay. I am passionate about French grammar. I love to chat with my hubby about solving the world's problems. I am genuinely happy.

Why I am a Mormon

I can't deny the way I feel when I'm living the principles taught in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I've tried both lifestyles, and the difference in how I feel is tangible. For example: as members of the church we are taught to pray daily. We are advised to talk frankly to our Heavenly Father, to ask him questions, and expect answers. There are periods in my life when I consistently do this, and there are times when I don't. Do I feel a difference in my life? Oh yes. Is life easier? Oh no, but I'm able to think more clearly, to handle what comes my way, and I can do it with a smile on my face. I'm a skeptic, a doubter, a pessimist (insert other synonyms of choice). Believing does not come naturally for me; I have to ask questions first. This posed many problems for me when I hit my teenage years. I began to question why I went to church every Sunday. I felt like a lemming for blindly following the beliefs and traditions of my family and friends. I realized that I had to undertake my own path of conversion. Though I wasn't sure about where this path would lead me, I was sure about one thing: there would be no middle ground. Either the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was true or it wasn't. It was either restored to the earth in modern times by God and his Jesus Christ, or it was a complete fraud. I was determined to find the answer. My answer took years to find. It was not a single event, but rather an experimental process that lead to the convictions that I have today. I simply put Mormonism to the test.: I lived the principles, I kept the commandments, I messed up often, I repented, I spoke to God through prayer, I asked questions, I found the answers in the Bible and Book of Mormon. Everything added up. Any humble seeker of truth will eventually come to this same realization concerning the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It all adds up because it's the Savior's math; it is his church, his gospel, his way.

How I live my faith

How do I live my faith? I try to live and love as Jesus Christ would. Here is an example of how I try do this: A few weeks before Christmas I had an unfortunate experience with a client. The customer failed to communicate with me concerning an upcoming event, and as a result I lost out on a large amount of money. My initial reaction was anger and sadness. I was deeply upset that this customer's carelessness had caused me such a financial loss. I contacted this customer and demanded an explanation for their behavior. As I awaited a response, I prayed to God that I would be able to see clearly, that I would be able to see their point of view and forgive them. When I received an unfriendly response from this client I doubled my prayers, begging the Lord to help me find peace with the situation. I deeply wanted to have a Christlike attitude about the whole thing. On Christmas Eve, I said a prayer before going to bed. Once more I asked God to help me love this person, to help me let go of my pain and anger. As I was sleeping the words from Henry W. Longfellow's song, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day" came to mind: "Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Men". When I awoke I was filled with love, Christlike love. It was a gift from God. I no longer had ill feelings towards this person, and I promptly wrote her an email asking for her forgiveness. I have yet to receive a response. That is how I live my faith: I try to love as the Savior loves. This is never an easy process, and it requires me to spend a lot of time on my knees talking with the Lord. But it is worth it. Why else am I here on Earth? I am not here to amass wealth, toys, fame, or prestige; I am here to become like Jesus Christ.