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I am Native American born into a family of 3brothers and 5 sisters, parents married for over 35yrs., me being the oldest of the girls. I am married to a non-member and a mother of (3)boys ages 13, 9, 6mths and 2yr old girl. I take care of my 67yr old uncle who is mentally handicapped and a dialysis patient. I am a homemaker. I spend my time with my hands full, it is a challenge for me and fun.
I was raised in the church, my grandparents were converts and my father who was an inactive member and my mother who was a non-member both kept my siblings and I in the church. I loved primary class during younger years and as I got older Young Womens was the best guidance for me. Eventually my mother became a member and never missed a Sunday unless she really had to, unbelievable my father returned to church as well. Both my boys were baptised and my oldest is now a Deacon and secretary in his boyscout troop. I was filled with an incredible feeling letting me know that I needed to strengthen my testimony, to be an example to my siblings, nieces, nephews, friends, and bring comfort, love, patience, and happiness into my home. I am Mormon because I know this church is true, that Joseph Smith was a true prophet, that the Book of Mormon is true and that our Father in Heaven lives. I am who I am today because of my faith in Christ and the teachings of the Church.
I had come upon many trials and tribulations and asked our Father in Heaven to give me strength, do something in my life to overcome my weakness. I knew my prayers were answered because I became more happy, my life changed for the better, my prayers were being answered one by one. My husband began to attend church w/our family, he is willing to read material pertaining to the church and the Book of Mormon, my sisters and a brother returned to the church. I give the lessons during our family home evening, I pray always, I am more patient, helpful, understanding, full of spiritual strength, our home has changed immensely. My parents are relieved that our family has come together again, children, grandchildren, we are a big happy family, well of course we will have our bad days and hardtimes but that is when we all turn to our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. Our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ never leave us, we blindly and temporarily leave them. Through the power of prayer and faith we will blessed and strengthened.
I recall the missionaries coming to our home and teaching me and two of my sisters about prayer, commandments, church, holy ghost, words of wisdom, at that age I understood the meaning of baptism and its teachings. The day of baptism we were excited. It took place at the Mesa Stake Center, a church w/baptismal pool. We were all dressed in white completely. My sisters and I knelt down on our knees and prayed together as everyone on the other side of the doors waited. . We entered the small pool of water one by one as my grandfather held his hand up, prayed and dipped us in the water. My grandfather's prayer, the splashing of the water and others watching was an unforgettable time in my life. Thereafter, hands were layed upon our heads by my grandfather and other church leaders to pray for us to recieve the Holy Ghost. On our way home my grandfather treated us to an icecream cone at Dairy Queen.
I try my best to raise our kids to follow the commandments, to have scripture study and family prayer as often as we could and attend church activities, meetings and services as much as we can. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a fight and reminding my two older boys to be examples, at home, school, especially for their siblings is a must. I am like a missionary. I find myself bearing my testimony to friends, relatives, and invite them to church. I make myself available to provide rides to church on Sunday if someone needs one. I find it very challenging to be an example, but through being Christlike it is becoming less of a challenge.