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Hi I'm Candace

I'm a wife, step-mother, occasional blogger, friend, sister, daughter, aunt, & a Primary teacher. Oh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife, a sister, a friend, a daughter, an administrative assistant, a Primary teacher, a visiting teacher, an okay cook, and a part-time know-it-all. I love both blue skies and rainy days. I am a sucker for Jane Austen as well as my dog Kramer. My husband makes me laugh daily. I love autumn for at least 100 reasons, but today, I love it most because Dairy Queen has pumpkin pie blizzards. I love to get together with girlfriends so we can papercraft. I love road trips. I've been to Europe twice, and have been feeling the need to go again soon. I've lived in the desert; I've lived in the mountains; I've lived in the plains; and now I live by the ocean. I love America!

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I was blessed to know that I have an actual Heavenly Father. My household had many seasons of tumult, and as a small child I often felt betrayed and unloved in my home. I remember crying alone in my room one day when I was about five years old. I was terribly sad and afraid. But in the middle of this, I also felt as if there were loving, gentle, warm arms surrounding me, while I heard a voice in my heart say to me that no matter what, there is a father in heaven who will always love me and protect me. I had faith as a child that this life is not all there is. My family didn't go to church regularly while I was growing up, but when we did, I knew that was the right place to be. At church and in the scriptures, I learned that the warm, comforting, loving feeling & voice imprinted in my heart was the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I have learned how to stay close to the Holy Ghost. By listening to that still, small voice inside, I've been able to know and find happiness. I've been able to discern between truth and falsehoods. I've been able to be safe. I've been able to choose the right paths that lead to the best joy on earth. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost has witnessed to me that this church is true. I am a Mormon because I know Heavenly Father loves ALL of his children. He loves us all so much that he sent us His son to teach us how to return to Him. His Son, Jesus Christ, died for all of our sins and hurts. I am a Mormon because I know the atonement is real. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love us all so much, that they have given us the holy scriptures and speak to a living prophet, just like in the olden times. This, all this, because He loves you and me.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as my ward's (congregation's) Primary president. I, along with the other Primary teachers and my two counselors, have the absolute joy and privilege of teaching the young children of my ward on a weekly basis. As a presidency, we teach the children, we visit the children, we encourage them, we plan activities for them, we work with the boys in Cub Scouts, we have Activity Days for the girls, and we just plain ol' love the kids! Every Sunday when the children are learning & singing songs about the gospel of Jesus Christ, my testimony in Him is strengthened. Children have such sweet faith! Serving with the children is particularly special to me because I've had a lifelong love of children. I've always wanted to be a mother, and though I have no children of my own, I do receive a certain sense of fulfillment in helping other parents teach their children the gospel.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Candace
What an interesting question! In short, no. In depth, no. :-) We worship God the Father, and his Son Jesus Christ. Nobody gets to the Father except by way of His Son. We do praise Joseph Smith though. Praise and worship are two very different concepts. Worship is reverent acknowledgement of divinity. Praise is appreciation and a compliment. We praise children for a job well done. We praise dogs for fetching the paper. We praise one another to uplift and to spread gladness. We praise Joseph Smith for his faith. We praise him for being willing to accept the task our Father has asked of him. We praise him, but we certainly do not worship him. Show more Show less