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Hilary: Finding joy, stillbirth, stillborn, loss of a child, mother, wife, Mormon.

Hi I'm Hilary

About Me

My husband and I met at college. We became best friends and eight months later we were sealed together for time and eternity. Since then we have had three boys, one of which is in heaven. Ever since I was a little girl I always wanted to be a mom when I grew up. I am a mom now, but I don't feel all that grown up! I love my boys more than words can express and thank my Father in Heaven for them each and every day. Finding joy each day in my life is my goal. I love a nice cup of hot cocoa, date nights, a good movie, sneaking chocolate chip cookie dough from the bowl, slobbery kisses from my boys and thunderstorms in the summertime.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the gospel. I came from parents who were very faithful and active in the church. They taught us the gospel and always encouraged us to do what is right. They did this through example, family home evenings, family scripture study and prayer. My parents attended the temple regularly and established a desire in each of us to go there as well. I am grateful for the family I came from and for the truths that were instilled in me at such a young age. I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Later-Day-Saints is true. It has brought me so much joy and comfort throughout my life. I want my children to have the same knowledge that I did growing up. I want our home to be a place of peace, comfort and safety. The gospel has been such a blessing in my life. During times of trial, it has been my source of solace. During times of joy, it has been a confirmation of God's love for me. I know that my Heavenly Father is there and knows each and every one of us. He knows our pains, our trials, our accomplishments and our joys. He is ready and willing to help us, if we just ask. I am grateful for him and for the blessings he has given me and my family. 

Personal Stories

How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?

In 2009 we gave birth to our stillborn son. It was devastating to say the least. Our hearts were shattered and our lives were flipped upside down. I had never felt so much pain and heartache before. It was a very physical pain in my chest and made it hard to breath at times. As soon as we found out we had lost him, my husband and I knelt in prayer together. We asked for strength and comfort to get through this trial. Our Heavenly Father blessed us so much through such a hard time. My testimony of the Plan of Happiness was strengthened as I had hope that I would one day see our baby boy again. It renewed my faith and gave me yet another reason to live my life in a way that was pleasing to my Father in Heaven so that our family could be together forever.

How I live my faith

I currently serve with the young women in my ward. I love seeing the light of Christ in the girl's faces each and every Sunday. They have such a desire to do good, which is very inspiring to me. I, along with my husband, try to teach our boys the gospel in our home. We do this through family home evenings, family scripture study and prayer. We love going to church each Sunday and attending the temple when possible.