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I am a married mom with 4 kids, one dog, one cat and lots of drive time. I recently started substitute teaching to help suppliment our family income because my husbands income was cut in half. For most of my life I had the privilege of staying home to take care of the kids. Yes, there were times I felt like I was missing out on things by not working, but I see the value in my sacrifice when I go to work in the schools and see children that feel uncared for at home. I haven't always been happily married. When I was young, I married the wrong person. Our relationship quickly became unbearable due to his extreme unkindness. I divorced him and moved on. I thank my Heavenly Father for caring about ME.
I am a Mormon because I know this is the true and restored gospel because of the witness of the Holy Ghost. The Holy Ghost speaks to my soul to tell the truth of all things. When I was young I remember knowing right from wrong. I remember feeling badly when I did something wrong and I remember feeling good when I did the right thing. When I got older I had become so accustomed to feeling the promptings of the Holy Ghost that I wasn't clear on the promptings anymore. So I prayed to Heavenly Father to know when the Holy Ghost was speaking to me. My answer came in the middle of the night. I was awakened by a strong urge in my chest that reminisent of the feeling of panic. I sat straight up in the bed, my first thought was about my children, I knew they were fine. Within seconds I knew everything was fine yet I was awakend from a dead sleep for something. Heavenly Father said to me, "This feeling is the feeling of the Holy Ghost." I remebered the feelings I had as a child. They all came flooding back to me. I thought to myself, "But those are the feelings I have all the time. I always feel that prompting." Heavenly Father told me, "Yes, I know that you know this feeling but I had to bring it back to your remembrance rapidly and surely." Ever since that day I now know and am aware of when the Holy Ghost is talking to me. I know if I want to know the truth of anything all I have to do is ask.
Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. I gained my true testimony of Joseph while I read through the Book of Mormon as an adult. As I was reading I kept thinking about his young life. About his education or lack thereof. I thought of how young he was and if I would have been so strong at 14. I also thought about the fact that even in his darkest hours he NEVER denied the truth. He never EVER went against God even when it would have been the easier road. He was torture and harrassed and yet he loved those that did so. I thought about the education I have, which is more than he had, and I would not have been able to keep all the information in the Book of Mormon straight. As I read the Book of Mormon as an adult, the Holy Ghost bore testimony to me that Joseph Smith is and was a prophet of God. He is a goodly man. I know this because of the feeling I gave when I read the words he translated.
Hope is a longing for something you want and need. Hope is also something we need to keep living. I have found when all hope is lost we want to give up. I hope to become like Jesus Christ one day. I hope I can be a true saint and learn from my mistakes.
Every Sunday I conduct the music when the women meet together. Over the years I have served in my church in several different ways. I have taught children songs, taught adult classes about scripture studying, put together monthly meetings for the women. I visit with three different women every month to see how they are doing. I try to be a friend to everyone. When I see someone in need and I think I can help them I try my best to fulfill that need. My greatest joy is helping the women with their little babies.