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I'm 24 years old and joined the church when I was 17. I've been married for over 5 years and we have a wonderful 4 year old daughter. I'm a stay at home mom and I love spending time with my family and teaching my daughter new things. I like cooking, learning to be more self-sufficient, singing, and serving others.
Before I visited a Mormon church, I had no idea what it was about. I didn't know it was really called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, I literally knew nothing about the religion. All I knew was that the nicest people at my school always turned out to be Mormon. I invited myself to my now husband's church meeting because I felt drawn to it. I've never been really interested in religion before, I wasn't the kind of teen you would expect to see at church. My parents are Methodist, but I've never gone to church regularly, prayed other than at dinner sometimes, or read the Bible. I just really wanted to know what was different about this church that made my teenage friends so happy and kind. What I learned is so true to what I already knew in my heart, but hadn't found yet. I found it hard to believe that God would send a child to Hell just because he had died before being baptized, and that was the number one thing that stood out to me. I also love that we are all part of God's plan and that we can live with him once again. This church is the true restored church of Jesus Christ. My life has been truly blessed as I have been trying to live God's Commandments.
My husband and I have recently been praying nightly and often together. We have developed a more harmonious relationship because we are able to share this together. We have Family Home Evening every week, and are able to spend time thinking together and sharing thoughts. Every day, I enjoy hearing my husband's prayers because I lets me in on what he is feeling and thinking and what is most important to him.
A big challenge that we've had is paying our tithing. When you have a little baby and not enough money to cover the bills, it is hard to give 10% of that little money you have, away. My husband made it a priority to pay our tithing and I have joined in full heartedly. We have recieved more blessings than we could have imagined and have not gone one month without being able to pay our bills. Somehow, we've been pulling through and we thank Our Heavenly Father often for the blessings he has given us.
Through my faith in Jesus Christ, I have had many many blessings. Since becoming a member of the church, I've married my wonderful husband and had a beautiful baby. Since becoming an active and worthy member of the church, our blessing have grown so high I can't explain. As soon as we started paying our tithing (though we have not much money) we have been blessed with the opportunity to buy a house, one that is stable and safe and we are able to pay for it. We have been blessed to buy this house just before the end of the tax credit, we recieved that money in just enough time to pay bills on time and have been able to pay off our debt. One week, we payed our tithing on a Sunday, knowing fully that we would not be able to pay our bills the following week. That next Monday, we were blessed with a large gift of money and we were able to pay our bills, and tithing on that as well. I have an illness and through the power the Holy Spirit, I have been able to overcome more and more trials. Every day I pray, I feel uplifted and motivated to do the things I need to. Every day I read the scriptures, my burdens are lightened and my outlook improved. My faith in Jesus Christ grows stronger every day.
One big thing we have done is we stay away from higher than PG-13 movies. We are a young couple and our friends are often seeing movies that are R rated or going to clubs and parties. We miss the social interaction, but we gain much more by keeping the Spirit with us. We hope to set a good example for our friends and hope they will want to recieve the blessings that we recieve.
After I got baptized, I still wasn't making right choices. Soon, I stopped going to church. Although I still had a testimony of this church, it was weakened. Once I had my baby, I knew that we needed to go to church because I want her to be raised with worthy parents. We started going to church every Sunday, but that wasn't enough. I started praying more. Then, I started reading scriptures more. When we started paying tithing, we were blessed with the ability to buy a house of our own. We pray before meals, we pray before bed together, we have Family Home Evening where we learn about gospel principles, I go to church activities. Going back to church was an easy step for us and by making that step, it was easier for us to really start living worthily. In James 1, it talks about "hearers" and "doers." I was once only a hearer of the word, but once I started being a doer too, my life changed dramatically.
Knowing the purpose of being here is the best thing that could have happened to me. I know now that this 80+ years of hard decisions and sometimes suffering, will end in my eternal happiness if I spend this "probation" working on myself and making good choices. I love knowing that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me.
I was baptized when I was 17, against the wishes of my parents. My father would not open his mind to the church. I, however, had read some of the Book of Mormon and had met with the Missionaries. I felt the Holy Ghost and he made it known to me that this church was true. At my baptism, I had people I had recently met at church give talks and I picked some songs I liked that we all sang. There were many many people who came to watch my baptism, many of whom I did not know. I asked someone I knew most of my life to baptize me, he was the same age as me. It was his first time baptizing anyone, but I think he did a good job. Unfortunately, I forgot a towel, and so did the guy baptizing me! Luckly, my boyfriend (now my husband)'s mom ran home to get some food she left there and grabbed a towel just in case I hadn't brought one. (prompting of the Holy Ghost? probably) My baptism was the best feeling I'd had. I felt renewed and every Sunday I take the Sacrament I feel my covent renewed and I feel peace.
Everyday we make choices and these little choices we make will end up deciding the fate of our souls after our bodies die. I pray throughout the day, follow the Word of Wisdom by not drinking coffee or tea, I don't watch movies that are more than PG-13 and if a movie under that rating is still inappropriate, I turn it off. By having Family Home Evening each week and going to church and church activities, it keeps my faith strong and makes it easier to make those little choices correctly. Faith in Jesus Christ and the Plan of Salvation/Happiness helps me to know that while I may suffer now from something I want now, but don't take, after I die, I will live eternally happy. What could be better than that?
The Holy Ghost helps me often, as long as I am listening. When I pray and read the scriptures often and when I attend church often, I am more able to hear the Holy Ghost. I believe that the Holy Ghosts reminds me to pray in time of need and comforts me when I need it. The Holy Ghost helps me choose what is right. One time, I had the sudden urge while making breakfast to call my husband and remind him to pray (he forgets sometimes). As I walked from the kitchen to the living room, I was just in time to stop my baby from pulling a tv tray down on herself! If I hadn't had the urging of the Holy Ghost, my child could have been injured. I rescued my baby and called my husband to remind him to pray and to thank Our Heavenly Father for our blessings. I've experienced things like this many many times, after 50 times it can't be a coincedence.
The biggest way I share the gospel with my friends is through example. If they ask me what I did on Sunday, I say I went to church. My religion is a big part of my life, so I don't cut it out of my conversations and interactions with them. If they talk of troubles they are having, I speak of my beliefs and suggest prayer. It is up to them whether they want to learn more, and often I've had friends ask me questions. I invite them over to learn more. I want them to learn about the gospel because I know that it's true and I know it can bless their lives.
Attending Church services renews my spirit and strengthens my faith for the weeks ahead. There was a time when I first joined the Church that I didn't go to Church services often and it weakened my testimony. There are times when I feel down and don't feel like getting myself ready for Church, but when I go I feel great and I never regret going. It makes me sad when I visit with someone and they say they haven't gone to Church recently because they're depressed or stressed. I try to tell them that, that is the exact reason they should go to Church! Going to Church services enlightens me and it makes me happy.
God has given each of us talents and gifts. I love music and I love crafts and children. God has given me the calling (service) of teaching music to the children on Sundays at church. I'm able to make wonderful games and projects to help teach the children hymns in a fun environment. I also am really great at saving money with coupons. I've been able to donate a lot of items for little or no cost.
Prayer is a very important part of my life. I pray before all of my meals, no matter where we are eating. I try to remember to pray every morning and night personally and as a family. There is nothing more precious than a toddler giving prayer. We also believe that God can help us in all things, so I even pray before shopping. I have prayed for help in buying a car, and even something as simple as finding modest clothes for a low price that we can afford. The best thing is that God has answered my prayers on these occasions and helped us with these things if it is what He wants as well.
My faith is an active part of my life and my family. I pray and read scriptures personally and with my family. I have many callings (service) within the church. I do visit teaching every month, where my companion and I visit with assigned women from our ward (congregation). I love these women very much and I'm able to become friends with them and help them. I serve as a member of a committee that plans activities for the women in our ward. I also serve as a ward missionary by going out with the missionaries in our area to lessons. I love meeting new people that want to learn more about the church and it helps for them to see a familiar face at church on Sunday. I love serving in my church, community, and family.