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I recently moved to Louisiana to further my career as a Special Education teacher. I am prepping for graduate school, which I will hopefully begin in the fall of 2012. I love running, singing, cooking, and spending time with my family. I try to live each day as though it were an exciting adventure.
I would have to say that I am a Mormon for several reasons. The number one reason is the feeling that I get each time I attend church, get on my knees to pray, or participate in church activities. I feel the love of God, and I am able to feel part of his love for all of his children here on earth. Having been born of goodly parents who raised me as a Mormon some people may say that I am just following in the foot steps of my parents, and perhaps they are right. I do not mind. I feel that the things my parents have taught me are true, and I know that because I am a Mormon and because I follow the teachings of the Mormon church that I have the happiness that I have in my life. There have been times in my life when I doubted my beliefs and wondered if they were true, but through prayer and guidance from the spirit I now know that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ that has been established in these latter days. I know that God still speaks to us and that he has prophets and apostles on the earth again. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet of God and that today we are led by a prophet of God Thomas S. Monson. I know that the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that it was translated by the power of God, and has been given to us in these latter days so that we can have the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ at a time when the world most needs it. Because of these things that I know to be true I can have hope that even when life gets hard there are better days ahead. I know that when I feel alone I can get on my knees and pray to a loving Father in Heaven that will always be there.
My prayers have been answered in many ways. I will share what may seem like a simple story but through this experience I learned how much our Father in Heaven cares, and that he is even listening to our prayers that we may feel are pointless. It was several years ago, I was living on an Island in Alaska. Our only means of transportation were by boat or air. One of our boats had been having some problems and needed a new part. That part had come in and the boys were out on the deck working on the boat. My friend had gone out to see if she could help. When she asked they handed her a bunch of screws and bolts. As they handed them to her one fell in the water, this was perhaps the most important bolt and hardest to replace. The boys were a little upset at her for dropping the bolt into the water. They started thinking of ways to get in out. Then they thought that they would try using a magnet on a string. They did not have any strong magnets, but decided they had nothing else to try. They had put the magnet in the water so many times but nothing was coming up. After about 20 minutes they were ready to give up. At this time I said a prayer in my heart, asking that they would be able to find the bolt and get it out of the water. At this time my friend asked if she could try. They handed the magnet to her and she put it in the water. Within seconds she pulled it up and there connected to the magnet was the bolt. You may say that this was just a coincidence, but to me it was an answer to a prayer.
I live my faith by being the best I can each and every day, and by being an example of Jesus Christ. I currently also help the Young Women in my ward (congregation), through teaching them and helping them set goals in their personal study and prayer.