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Hi I'm Misty

I am a Latter-day Saint Mother

About Me

I am a passionately opinionated sassy pants. I am not cute or crafty, but I wish I could be. We have loved having horses, chickens, ducks and a garden, we have loved living in the big city. We have been all over the country and everywhere in between, and we have even lived in Australia. We love learning from everywhere we go. I am a Latter-day Saint, what most of the world refers to as “Mormon.” Mostly I am just "mom." And that’s a good thing.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a member of the church when I was eight. Some may say that I didn't really know what I was doing. But, I did. I watched how the gospel message transformed my parents, a teenage couple with little hope of a lasting relationship to a solid now 40 year marriage. C.S. Lewis said: "You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you. It is easy to say you believe a rope to be strong and sound as long as you are merely using it to cord a box. But suppose you had to hang by that rope over a precipice. Wouldn’t you then first discover how much you really trusted it? Only a real risk tests the reality of a belief." When my daughter died I had to discover how much I trusted my faith. It really is true. What got me through those darkest hours was the reality of the Living Christ, my relationship with Him, and the restored gospel that binds families eternally--not just until death do we part.The resurrection is a miraculous reality. What I have also come to see is that it is a miracle whether Christ raises a daughter from the dead within minutes or after centuries–the separation is still temporary– "And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. And because of my faith, I know that like Jairus’ daughter, my damsel only sleepeth–and one day–and it will only seem a moment–we will be with her again.

How I live my faith

I understand that many mothers are called to not only rear their children, but to go out into the world. Each situation is unique. This is about my own journey. Long ago, I volunteered and served in my community with zeal. But for me, a mother with small children, what I didn't realize was that God had a plan for me to change the world not just from volunteering, but from a place I had never imagined: home. He sent me here as part of a family. He sent me here with people automatically in place for me to love. He answered the question, “Whom shall I serve?” by putting me in a family. I realized that changing the world didn't just happen "out there". I could do it in my day to day living. I just needed to actively love those in my sphere. A smile at the grocery store clerk, a wave to a neighbor. Loving my family. E. T. Sullivan wrote: “When God wants a great work done in the world...he goes about it in a very unusual way. He doesn’t stir up his earthquakes or send forth his thunderbolts. Instead, he has a baby born...And then God puts the idea in the mother’s heart and she puts it in the baby’s mind. And then God waits. The greatest forces in the world are not earthquakes and thunderbolts. The greatest forces in the world are babies.” This is how I live my religion in this season of my life--without a passport or a lot of recognition or a long list of causes. I have found great joy in doing small things with great love in my own small part of this great big world.