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I'm a wife to a (practically) perfect husband and a mommy to three (practically) perfect kids. After serving a mission and meeting my husband, I graduated from college and pursued a career as a reporter and anchor for NBC. I traded in my microphone and story script for a pacifier and diaper wipes. And I have loved every minute of being a stay at home mom... okay maybe I could have done without a few dirty diapers and temper tantrums... but I try really hard to keep a positive attitude and outlook on life and cherish these moments I have with my husband and young kids. As a family we love to travel, eat good food and be outside.
My parents were introduced to the church while they were dating. They had thought about getting married and felt very strongly that by joining the church they would bring great blessings to their lives and their future family. They joined the church soon after. They were and continue to be great examples of Christian discipleship to me and my siblings. It was easy for me to make good decisions in life because they were so supportive of the teachings of Christ in our home. During my first year in college I decided that I wanted to serve a mission. It was during that time of preparation for a mission I came to understand more fully the gospel teachings that lay before me my whole life. As a missionary, I was able to teach that gospel to many people and share with them the joy and happiness that I have because of it. There are decisions and trials in all of our lives, the knowledge I have gained of Jesus Christ has helped me to maintain faith and hope towards the future in dealing with those decisions and trials. I find such peace knowing I am a daughter of God and that He loves me and that He has a plan for me.
I always love going to church and feeling the Spirit and listening to the speakers and lessons. I remember praying one Saturday that I could be especially strengthened the next day at church, that I would be able to learn a lot from the speakers and lessons. Sunday came, and I found myself out in the hallways the entire time with a restless 9 month old. During the second hour of church when it looked as though my son would never let me peacefully go back to class, I remember asking myself why I was even at church. My husband wasn't there that day, and I was just in the hallway. I came to a point in the hallway where there is a very large picture of Christ. I looked at that picture of Christ and was immediately filled with His spirit. I realized that it is MY responsibility to find ways to be strengthened and edified at church. I began remembering the kind acts of the day, when I ran out of diapers and someone ran around to find one for me, and when someone helped me carry my (much to heavy) diaper bag. Going to church shows God I am willing to sacrifice of my time and comforts to help strengthen others and to strengthen my own testimony. It's not easy keeping three kids quiet all of the time, but I know that I am showing Heavenly Father that I am making an effort and doing the best I can. It also shows my kids the importance of dedicated service to God. Anyone can be uplifted by going to church, but it's up to me to make sure that I leave every Sunday a better person.
I love to serve in the church and find it a very fulfilling part of my life. I was recently able to organize and direct an event that brought in more than one thousand people from our community. It was such a blessing to do that because those people were able to understand a little bit more about our beliefs. As I serve in the church, I am able to develop talents and skills I may not have ever had the opportunity to do. Through organizing this event I was able to discover an interest I have, that I could one day pursue as a career, I never would have thought of it had I not served in the church. I try really hard to make sure that my priorities are in order, that my family is taken care of, that I am reading my scriptures and praying daily and that I am developing my talents. It's sometimes a struggle with three young kids, but I do my best and hopefully it will be good enough.