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I am a wife to a hard working husband and mother to 5 delightful children. I have the opportunity to stay in the home and guide them through their daily challenges. I am currently seeking my second bachelor degree and find joy in learning.
I grew up in the LDS Faith, but this is not why I am a Mormon. I was blessed to have examples all around me who taught me the principles of the church, but I didn't want to be a member simply because it was convenient or comfortable. I wanted to know that the things I was taught were true and not just a good idea, so I asked the only one who could give me an honest answer. I prayed on many occasions and got my answers in several ways. The confirmations of the truthfulness of what the LDS church teaches came to me in assurances through scripture reading, words of the modern prophets, feelings of peace and understanding, church attendance, and many other occurences. These assurances continue each time I engage in spirtual activities and study. As I have opened my heart to accept those things which the Lord has in store he continues to reveal more to me, line upon line.
Because I have a knowledge of the plan of happiness, I know who I am, where I came from, and where I'm going. This has given me more purpose to life. It gives me a reason to move forward and be better. It gives me a sense of worth to know that I am a daughter of God. It gives me courage to keep going when times are tough. It helps me to plan for the future instead of looking only at today. I focus my time and attention on those things that are of most worth, the things that will benefit us for eternity; relationships, education, love, family.
Because I know the things the church teaches is true, it's important for me to live these teachings. I strive everyday to be better and do better incorporating the new things I learn through my own study of the gospel. I realize I will never be perfect, but I have an understanding of the grace of Jesus Christ and that he will make up for all that I am unable to do for myself. As a member of the church I am also involved in helping others to gain their own understanding of these teachings. My first responsiblitiy beyond gaining my own knowledge is to help my family learn. We do this daily through discussion, but also set aside one night a week to have a formal lesson of these principles. I then am responsible for teaching classes during our church meetings that help prepare others to teach the gospel in church classrooms. I also have the opportunity to meet with several women to help them with their temporal and spirtual needs so that we can all grow together. There are many ways in which we can serve our neighbors and friends. I have been able to participate in hundreds of acts of service through opportunites the church has provided as well as on my own. I have found that by serving others, I am truly serving my God.