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Hi I'm April

I was born in North Carolina and have since lived in Georgia, Florida, and Idaho. I love food, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina and, when I turned into a teenager, we moved to the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina. I always considered myself a beach girl and hated the mountains, until my husband and I moved to Idaho to go to school. Now, visiting the Appalachian Mountains, I really do think there's something truly majestic about them. I love food and enjoy cooking. My favorite recipe right now is a thai chicken satay which Rachel Ray uses. Music has been a passion of mine ever since i knew what it was and even majored in Musical Theatre for a short time. My husband and I love running and working out (to get rid of all the food, you see).

Why I am a Mormon

Because I grew up a "Mormon" does not in any way suggest I was brainwashed into believing the doctrine of the church. My mom was a single mom who eventually became a nurse when I was around the age of 10. She tried to take us to church, but I had to rely on my older sister or friends of the family to attend. The older I got, the more I had to work to go to church. I met my husband in college who was not a member of the LDS church and tried diligently to dissuade me from continuing being a "Mormon". Through the two years we dated and into our early marriage we continued to argue doctrine and I had to truly learn for myself what I believed and if I believed. Through much prayer and study, I came to learn the amazing love Heavenly Father has for us to send His Son for all of us, even me. I learned that because He loves us, He has restored many great truths unto us to help us along with this life. Luckily, my husband and I were able to learn this together and the Lord continues to bless us as we strive to do His will in our lives.

How I live my faith

One great thing about serving in the LDS church is that you are presented with so many opportunities to serve. I have been able to conduct choirs, play for choirs, sing in choirs, along with be the secretary for the woman's organization, and meet wonderful women of all ages as I serve them every month. I am able to talk in Sacrament Meeting, teach Sunday School, and support others whose turn it may be to do all these things. Because the Lord delights in service, we also have opportunities to can food for the needy, donate items to the church and community, help build houses, help weed the elderly's yards, and much more. Because none of these positions or opportunities are paid, I am able to continue to work and go to school while serving in the church and community with the help and support of the rest of the church and community.