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I like to sing and create things, read good literature, travel and explore. I love the outdoors and taking pictures of God's beautiful creations. My favorite thing to do is spend time with my family, watching my children and grand-children progress, and working alongside my husband--my best friend.
I haven't always been a Mormon, but I've always known I have a Heavenly Father. I had lots of questions about my relationship with Him and with Jesus Christ, but I could never find the answers. When my father invited the missionaries to teach our family, I was at first skeptical. Eventually, they got my attention because what they taught made sense to me and began to shed light on gospel principles I had never before understood. I was grateful for the teachings of continued revelation, obedience to Heavenly Father's commandments, and a church organization the same as that which Jesus Christ established when He lived upon the earth. The more I learned, the more I felt a calming peace and realized that my prayers and my questions were being answered. I was baptized as a college student 30 years ago. I am still a member of the church because I know the joy of being a member of Jesus Christ's restored church!
I share the gospel with my friends because it is the most important thing in my life. It is part of everything that I am and gives purpose to everything I do. Not only is it important to me, but I understand the gospel is for all of God's children. I want to share what has brought me so much hope, joy, and purpose, so that others can have those blessings as well. I share the gospel by setting the best example I can, explaining my beliefs whenever questioned, and standing up for what I believe in even when it isn't popular. I always hope others will see that this is much more than a passing whim and want to know more about what makes me and my family so happy!
I really am happiest when I am serving someone else, especially members of my family. Taking the time to think about others' needs and pouring my time and talents into meeting those needs is the way I feel closest to my Heavenly Father. As I serve, I develop Christlike love for those I serve, and it helps me to understand the love my Heavenly Father and Jesus have for me. As a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, there are many opportunities to serve. I might visit someone in the hospital, take a meal to a sister who has just had a baby, or give a ride to someone without a car. I might also be asked to help teach a lesson, lead a humanitarian service project, or sing a special musical number during our church services. All of these experiences help me to grow!
I have found several ways to increase the harmony in our home. Probably the most important has been to read scriptures together every morning while the family eats breakfast. We read a few verses and stop to discuss what they mean to us. It brings a spirit of peace into our home. Another way to increase harmony is to teach the children that our family is an eternal family unit. What we develop between us in this life will go with us as we depart this world. Knowing that we can be together forever makes us try harder to be kind, to help each other with problems, and to become a team. We are all in this together! Lastly, we pray together every day, for each other's health, for help with our daily tasks & responsibilities, and for those we know who are undergoing difficult trials. We always feel closer when we unite in prayer.
Throughout my life, I have known that God would answer my prayers. When I was a child and lost a key, I knew I could pray for help finding it; the answer came as an impression or idea of where to look for it. Later, when I wanted to understand more about my relationship with God, I prayed for answers. The answers came when the Mormon missionaries began to teach me the gospel! As a young woman, I began to pray that God would lead me to a worthy man to marry and raise a family with. Friendships with men that were not suitable fell apart, and I felt very peaceful when I met my husband. This choice was further confirmed after he proposed to me by strong impressions I received that he was the right man for me. I continue to pray for guidance in parenting my children; my prayers are answered when I receive promptings from the Holy Spirit as to how to teach my children or how to discipline them when it is needed. The promptings come as ideas I couldn't think of on my own, and they work!
I've learned to have faith that Heavenly Father will bless me with the ability to do what He asks of me. Sometimes, it is difficult, but I always grow. I have had many opportunities to serve whether that service is cooking at Girls' Camp, leading a church choir, or as a women's organization leader. Each act of service helps me learn to love others more and see them as children of our Heavenly Father. Taking care of my family and supporting my husband are also an important part of living my faith.