Hi I'm Abbey
I examine automobile claims for a rental company in north central Florida. I am the only member of the church in my family. I've spent half my life as a member of the church. I have one brother, both parents are living, no living grandparents. I love reading and music.
Why I am a Mormon
Through my entire childhood and youth I knew that something was missing in my life. I literally had an ache (emotional, not physical) in my heart and didn't know what was lacking. I was raised in an Agnostic home and as such participated in no religion. When I graduated High School and turned 18, I was a nanny for a couple in my town that worked 2nd shift. Once I had the house put back together after the children were in bed, I would sit down and watch tv. An ad came on for The Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. I had never heard of this church and was not even aware that I had actually picked up the phone and dialed the number. I said that missionaries could come to my home to deliver a video. Sister Missionaries came to my home and from the minute I laid eyes on them I knew that whatever it was that they had, that was what I had been missing for so many years. I went through the missionary discussions and learned the principles of the Gospel of JESUS CHRIST, restored to this earth through His Priesthood power just as they had been here when He was on this earth. I read the Book of Mormon: Another Testament of JESUS CHRIST and I knew that it was the word of God. I was asked to pray to know if the things I had learned were true and I was hesitant to do that. I knew that if I did, I would know without any doubt that what I had been taught was true. I knew that Heavenly Father would communicate that to me and I knew that once He had done that, He would know that I knew that it was all true and I would be accountable to act on what I knew to be true. My parents didn't approve of the missionaries or the church and I knew that being baptized would mean giving up my family for a time because of how they felt about everything. I did pray, I did know, I did get baptized. My family still doesn't agree with anything to do with any religion but they respect me for making a decision at that age and for the good that has come into my life as a result of it. I can never deny what I know to be true. The same church that Christ established on this earth is here today. It is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-day Saints. God still calls prophets and apostles. Those prophets still write His words and we have some of those recorded communications in the Book of Mormon. This is literally the same organization that existed when Christ was here. I am grateful every day of my life that I am a member of His church. I say these things in the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Can you think of a specific challenge in your family that Gospel Principles helped overcome?
I was raised in a family that had no religious background whatsoever. We didn't read the scriptures, we didn't pray, we didn't even really spend much time together as a family. I have one brother almost four years younger than me and I can still remember while growing up that my parents would come home from work and sit in separate rooms doing separate activities that interested them. My brother and I would come home from school and sit in separate rooms doing our homework. We were like four individuals living under one roof. I didn't know any different growing up so I didn't think much of it at the time but with the Gospel in my life I have an entirely different view on families and the need for them to spend time together and develop mutual interests and participate in activities together. We didn't even talk much as a family while I was growing up and the Gospel has also taught me that open communication in a family is imperative. I'm now the only member of the church in my family but I've been able to share some of these ideals with my parents and with my brother.
How I live my faith
I served an 18 month mission for the church in Houston Texas at the age of 21. I have participated in the Visiting Teaching program where every month I am able to go with another lady in the church to visit a short list of other ladies in their homes. I have been a Visiting Teacher for 18 years. Most of my time in the church has been spent working with music. I have conducted the music in our Sacrament Meetings, in our ladies organization and also in our childrens organization. I have conducted our church choir. I have been a Youth adviser and was also Secretary in the Presidency for the Young Women. I am presently 1st Counselor in the Presidency of our childrens organization.