Hi I'm Mandy
I have been performing on stage for the majority of my life and in the last few years have fallen in love with improvisational comedy. I love creating a story and characters from nothing. The connection two people can share on stage when they listen and support each others ideas is not only exciting and fun, but also indicative of how in life relationships need agreement and mutual validation in order to grow and become strong. Agreement in improv doesn't necessarily mean that you always think what the other person says is right, but that you confirm that what that person has said is valid and a true component of their behavior or the environment they've created. Improv is not standing on stage and cracking jokes, its connecting with your fellow players and the comedy comes from those real life connections. Life is improv, and its funny. Nobody writes you a script each morning but you go and do, and create the kind of day you want and person you are.
I believe in the reality of God's existence and His love for His children. So, it only makes sense that he would want to give His children the fulness of His love, and he has done so through the gospel and the priesthood keys restored to the Earth today. He has provided us with more scripture to further our understanding and increase our faith. He has ordained prophet's to lead us through dark times, so that we may always feel the light and warmth of truth and love. He has granted us temples to make sacred covenants that entitle us to the greatest blessings and joy possible, so long as we hold true and faithful. I'm a Mormon, and though my life isn't perfect, I feel God's love for me everyday and it sustains me to push forward in faith.
Hope can mean many things, but for me, it means understanding that good and bad things will happen to us but we can choose to let Christ into our lives to sustain and help us. Hope is the knowledge that Christ will make us equal to the task and that God does have a plan for us. With that kind of support and love, I know I can withstand my trials and one day feel the peace and joy of being with my Father in heaven once again.
I am a leader over the teenage girls in my ward. We have so much fun getting together in the middle of our week to create, play and serve. On Sunday's we get to discuss gospel principles and doctrine and how they specifically relate to the girl's and their struggles and happiness. The youth that I work with have taught me a lot about serving those around me faithfully. The girls are always on the lookout to see how they can help a neighbor or someone in the ward, whether through cleaning, meals or just a friendly hello. Certainly we have learned that the more we serve, the greater we feel God's love and patience for us.