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I grew up mostly in Virginia, went to BYU and got a degree in Nursing. I met my husband there and brought him back home and we have 4 children (so far). I stay at home with my kids right now, but I plan to get my Master's eventually and teach Nursing. I love to teach, but not ABC's, etc.- more like anatomy and biology and that sort of thing. I also teach beginning piano to a handful of students. I like to decorate cakes, I try to grow vegetables, I know some ASL and have interpreted at church (though not lately, so I'm rusty), I love words and etymology, I sing a bit, draw a bit, bake a fair amount, and eat it all! I like to try my hand at sewing, scrapbooking, and home-repair and decorating. I consider myself a nerd because my favorite thing to do is READ.
I was raised Mormon. I think I needed that, because I probably would've shooed away any missionaries without giving them a chance. I often hear people say, "I don't know where I'd be without the church." It's cliched, but true. I can't imagine life without the Gospel- well, I can imagine life, but not ME without the Gospel- it's so interwoven into the fabric of my character. There are things I don't know or understand, but this is an all-or-nothing deal: my assurance in other areas allows me to have faith that those things on which I am not as solid are also true and good. Let me share with you one of those areas: I know, through experience upon experience, that God answers prayers. For problems and questions big and small, stupid or profound, He cares enough about me and you to answer in a way we will understand if we are open to it. Heavenly Father knows us so well! He has a grand plan for all of us to return to be with Him and like Him, but His plan is also very individualized: perfectly tailored to help us become what He knows we can become. I know that I am a better person when I follow His plan and His Son. Being active in the church keeps me on the right path, strengthens my determination to be better than I am, and gives me a support group and safe harbor.
There are many ways my Father in Heaven has answered my prayers and directed my life, but one experience in particular stands out as being particularly swift, meaningful and personal. My human problems seemed overwhelming one day and so I took my scriptures and lost myself in a canyon and read and meditated and talked things over with Him. My answer came as I read the scriptures a verse jumped out at me and I knew by the Holy Spirit how to apply what it said to me. My response? "Thanks, but that wasn't the question." But as I went home and continued thinking and writing about what that answer would mean for me, I was given additional revelation about my life: part of the reason for the earlier answer was included in this one- that I would be married by this time next year. A couple of months later, I met my husband-to-be, we were engaged early the following year and were on our honeymoon by the time that year mark was reached.
I love that members of the Church are expected to serve. There's nothing to help you feel that you are needed and to get to know people than to do something for them! I started serving in the church as a 'tween' when I played hymns for our Young Women's (12-18yrs) group. I had taken lessons for about 4 years, but had never played with people singing! Well, guess what- I learned! That's another benefit of participation, and I've loved being able to play at church ever since. A couple of years ago I taught an early-morning (6am) scripture study class to high school aged students. The early mornings got to me a bit, even though I am a morning person (I had a 6 month old and was still up a lot at night), but I loved teaching the Old and New Testaments!! School ended in June and so did the class. I had baby #3 at the end of summer and we sold our house. Unsure of whether we would be around, I wasn't given a new assignment for a few months. We found a house in the same area, and I was glad to have some way to serve again when I was then called to organize regular activities for our women's organization. The church is involved in almost every facet of my life, from grocery shopping and cooking to raising kids. I love the programs that are designed to support my efforts as a parent, like Family Home Evening. We love to gather and sing and play games and learn about the Gospel. This doesn't mean it always goes smoothly, but everyone looks forward to FHE on Monday nights. The activities in our women's organization (the ones I get to plan for now) also help us as women become who we need to be, from fitness to scripture study to gardening to communication to crafts to emergency preparedness to finances, I can continue to learn and grow.