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Hi I'm Vanessa

I'm a full-time wife and mother. I love reading, music, being with my husband and making my baby laugh.

About Me

I am a full-time wife and mother and couldn't be happier! I married my best friend and we have a beautiful 3-month-old baby girl and look forward to welcoming more babies into our family in the future. I served a mission for the church in Germany and Austria and found my heart there. German poetry makes me cry. I love learning new things. I'm passionate about playing the piano and reading good literature. I have nine younger siblings and they are some of my dearest friends. I've recently developed a passion for my country's freedom and I'm always seeking to educate myself so I can better defend that freedom. I grew up in the church, but it was very important to me that I develop my own testimony that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really is God's church upon the earth. John 7:17 says, "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I decided to try that out and have spent my life in living the gospel of Jesus Christ to the best of my ability. I have come to know for myself, as the Savior promised in the book of John, that this doctrine is of God. I love that I can know that for myself and not just because someone else believes it. I know for myself, from my own experience, that God lives, loves me, desires my happiness and has provided a way for me to return to be with him again.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a member of the church because I know it's all true! I know that this church includes the fulness of Christ's gospel. That means that by following the principles of the Gospel, I can become like my Savior and my Heavenly Father, which is my ultimate goal. The Priesthood (or God's power given to man) has also been restored to the earth. That means that if I live worthily and take part in the necessary sacred covenants, I can be with my family forever. Along with the Priesthood comes the gift of the Holy Ghost. This means that I may have His constant guidance. I can receive personal revelation on a daily basis. This is usually very simply a feeling in my heart or an idea in my mind. One of the greatest blessings of the restored church is knowing that there is a living prophet today. This world can be so messed up and confusing, but I know where to turn. I know that God gives His prophet revelation, and if I follow him, I'll be all right. I know that Christ is my personal Savior, and yours. He has helped me to change my life and He continues to help me. This knowledge gives my life meaning and purpose. I'm here to become like my Heavenly Father and receive eternal life. I am so grateful for this knowledge!

How I live my faith

I hope that the greatest demonstration of my faith comes through in my interactions with other people. The whole purpose of Christ's gospel is to help us become like him and love one another as he loves us. Besides striving to live the principles of Christ's gospel by loving and serving others and seeking to develop Christ-like attributes, I have the opportunity to serve the people in my ward (or congregation) by teaching Sunday School.

Why is family so important to Mormons?

Vanessa
The family is an eternal organization where we learn to become like Heavenly Father. It can be a place of safety and peace. A family is the best place to learn about the Gospel of Jesus Christ and apply it's teachings. It's easy to treat strangers kindly, but it's more difficult with family members. It is a place where Christ-like attributes are developed and we can strengthen each other. A family built on the principles of the Gospel is also the best place we can best understand the love God has for us--His family. My family is my support through everything. They love me unconditionally and I love them in return. My greatest desire is to have my own family one day because of the joy mine has brought me. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Vanessa
The Book of Mormon is very simply a record of the followers of Christ on the American continent. This record contains the history of this people between the years 2000 B.C. and 410 A.D. approximately. It is very similar to the Bible. It is another witness to the divinity of Christ and contains his Gospel. Christ himself explained "Behold I have given unto you my gospel, and this is the gospel which I have given unto you--that I came into the world to do the will of my Father, because my Father sent me" (3 Nephi 27:13, page 459). There is a power in this book that changes my heart and desires to become like that of my Heavenly Fathers'. Show more Show less