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I am a left handed, vegetarian, English Mormon! I am married to a primary school headteacher and we have 6 lovely children. Our 2 daughters are both married with a young family whilst our 4 boys keep me busy at home as a mum. I also work 2 days a week as a teaching assistant. I love baking. I am trying to learn the piano and am awful at learning Italian but love the country so much I will not give up...yet.
I was raised a Mormon but when I was a teenager I found out for myself that the gospel is wonderful and living it makes me really happy! I love the fact that everyone can have a personal relationship with Christ. I love that we have a prophet who gives us guidance and direction from Heavenly Father. I love that all the teachings and doctrines that we are taught are always left for us to accept and find out for ourselves if the principle is from God. I love the fact that the church is the same wherever you go in the world. When we are on holiday we have been to the Mormon church in Italy,France, Hungary and America and the doctrine is always the same. It all makes such perfect sense and is actively asked to be put to the test so that each person can know for themselves that a principle is truely from God. Everything that makes me happy in my life is made more sweet by being a member of the Mormon church.
Sometimes a lesson or something taught in a meeting specifically helps me understand or see a way of applying a teaching into my life. Other times what I feel in a meeting or ideas I have while I listen gives me insights that I may not have thought of before. Also the unity and support and friendship I have through church attendance helps me in my life. Always while at church I have times during the meetings where I feel the peace and assurance from the Holy Spirit which helps bouy me up and gives me guidance and strength for my life. I love going to church and wouldn't miss it for anything - it is a highlight in my week!
Caring for, being interested in and helping the individual. Sometimes you can look at your life and you have a lot to do and you might feel overwhelmed,and feel you can't possibly reach out and make a difference by helping the many good causes and needy individuals. The world has so many who could do with some attention, kindness or support. Jesus taught us to focus just on the one. We can make a difference. Small, simple, individual kindnesses can make loads of difference. Just think about anyone who was kind to you. Little things mean a lot. I love that teaching from the Saviour. It's great too as you feel lifted up yourself when you do kind things!!
We believe that life is not just here on earth. We were in heaven before we were born and will return after we die. Not everyone will have the opportunity in life to hear and accept the gospel. If we miss having that opportunity we will also have a chance after death to be taught in heaven and be judged by God in a very merciful and just way on our heart and actions. This is why we seek out our family history so that we can give members of our family who have died the chance to have saving ordinances done on their behalf. The new testament in the Bible speaks of baptism for the dead in 1st Corinthians 1529. Also Peter spoke of Christ preaching the gospel in the spirit world after he was crucified. This is no new doctrine!
Right choices develop good habits and also qualify a baptised person to be worthy to feel the influence of the Holy Ghost in their lives. As I make right choices it makes me feel happy, the Holy Ghost confirms to me that I have done something right and blessings come from obedience to Jesus' teachings. As this continues to happen my faith grows and it becomes easy to make more good choices as peace, happiness and guidance follows.
I remember being very excited. I had been waiting to be old enough for a long time. I was baptised a few days after my 8th birthday by my dad who held the priesthood. Although I was very young I knew that I was joining Jesus' church and as I grew older and certainly in my early teens I was very sure that I had done the right thing. That early decision is the source of everything that has helped make life have an eternal perspective and given me hope, happiness, direction and peace.
We have a family prayer and read a page from the scriptures each morning before we leave home each day and pray before the first child goes to bed each night. We spend Monday nights as a family playing together, chatting, singing and eating treats and talking about gospel teachings. It's a real favourite for all of us. My responsibility in the church is as Family History Centre Director. I work with the family history consultants who work in the centre dealing with the public and members of our church researching their family tree.