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I grew up knowing that home is where the Army sends you. Because of that I have friends from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs. My life has been greatly blessed because of this. I am a mother of two young children. I found digital scrapbooking when my oldest was an infant. This was perfect for me because my husband and I loved digital photography. It was a great way for me to record our special family memories. I have enjoyed learning how to use several varieties of computer software and online tools to organize, create, print, and bind my scrapbook pages. While I was pregnant with my second I suffered from severe itching, coughing, and insomnia. What was to come made those scrapbook pages all the more important to my family. When my son was four weeks old I was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma, cancer of the lymph nodes stage 2b. I endured six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation. I have been free of lymphoma for four years now. I am grateful for all the wonderful memories I have been able to preserve with my children, my husband, and friends thanks to digital scrapbooking.
Because of the different places I lived growing up I was often the only Mormon in my school and I was often called upon to share my beliefs. My mother was the only person in her family actively attending church. My father was the only person in his family actively attending any church at all. I had to decide at a young age if I really believed. At the age of 12 I read the entire Book of Mormon during our move from Alabama to Alaska. I am grateful for the knowledge I received at that young age. Since then I have received many witnesses about the truthfulness of the things I have been taught by my parents such as the health practices we follow and the importance of spending time with my family.
Just before I was diagnosed with cancer I felt the strongest feeling that everything was going to be okay. I felt that it was going to be hard but that Heavenly Father would help me and my family. I knew that even if I passed away that everything would be okay. He would take care of my husband and children. That gave me a great sense of peace. I felt strengthened throughout the ordeal. I was blessed to feel comforted when I needed it the most.
I have had the opportunity to share that belief with others. At the age of 21 I travelled to the Washington D.C. and Maryland area to share my witness of the things that I believe. My husband and I are actively raising our children in the church. They have many questions about the church, the scriptures, and the practices we follow. I have shared with my children how to find out for themselves if these things are true. We read from the scriptures and pray together as a part of our nightly routine. I love helping others and am currently helping with an organization that raises money to help other cancer patients in my area pay their bills. I also share my love for my family with others as my scrapbook pages are published in scrapbooking magazines internationally. I also help our local congregation as the secretary in the children's organization.