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Hi I'm Audrey

I'm a wife and mother. I grew up in the Bible Belt. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as a Mormon, as did my parents and grandparents. I consider myself fortunate to have also grown up in the South, in the middle of the Bible Belt, surrounded by many people dedicated to God. I graduated with an accounting degree and a master's degree in taxation. I am also a Certified Public Accountant. After graduate school, I had the opportunity to work for a national accounting firm for several years and then the State Auditor's Office until the birth of my first daughter. For the past 16 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to be a stay-at-home mom and oversee the accounting for my husband's business interests. I live with my husband and two daughters in a rural area surrounded by many farms. I love to see the fields of baled hay and grazing livestock. I enjoy playing the piano, singing, reading, watching movie classics, sewing, and creating and designing on the computer. I love the beach, especially walks at sunrise and sunset.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I grew up a Mormon, I relied very much on the testimony of those around me and wasn't truly converted until some time later. As a young adult, I was faced with deciding for myself what MY beliefs were. I analyzed the facts of the restoration and turned over the information in my mind every way I could think to look at it. At that time in my life, for a brief moment, I thought life would be much easier if for some reason my family had been wrong and I had somehow been misled up to that point. I am now ashamed that I once, however briefly, doubted what my ancestors knew so deeply and sacrificed so dearly for. I am thankful that I wrestled with the questions I had and gained my own testimony. I remember exactly when it became clear to me that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ did appear to him, and he was the instrument through which the Savior's gospel was restored fully to the earth. It made so much sense. I knew it, and I knew that the Savior knew I knew it. I then had to learn to make choices consistent with what I knew to be true. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who is aware of me and loves me very much. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior - he is my Savior. I am grateful for their patience and for the Atonement that gives me the hope of redemption in spite of my mistakes and weaknesses. I am happy to know I can return to live with them some day and can also be with my family forever. I am thankful for the peace I feel as I have the faith to follow God's commandments and live according to His Word. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is structured in an inspired way that gives me the opportunity and means to be more fully converted to the gospel each day. It provides me with support and strength. It provides me with opportunities to learn and grow as an individual and as a child of God, and reminds me that each person is of great worth to Him, including me.

How I live my faith

I attend worship services with my family on Sundays and participate in my family's weekly family night/devotional. Even though I fall short often, I try to live the gospel principles I learn throughout the week. I have had the opportunity to teach children and youth at church throughout my adult years. Right now I have the privilege to serve in a leadership role helping youth in multiple congregations - particularly teenage girls from ages 12 to 18. I help to organize activities for the youth and provide support for local youth leaders. I have grown to love the youth as I have served them. I have grown closer to the Savior as I have endeavored to live the principles I have taught. I try to teach my daughters to love the Lord and to trust in Him and His plan for them, and to treat others with kindness and respect. I try to lift others as I can, whether it's a smile, a sincere compliment, help on a project, or something else. I feel that my efforts are small, but I try in my own way "to bear [others'] burdens, that they may be light...to mourn with those that mourn...and comfort those that stand in need of comfort...." (Mosiah 18:8-9)