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Hi I'm Fay

I love to read and sing. I'm a mom of three beautiful children at home, and one angel baby. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was a tennis player until two knee surgeries knocked me off the court. I love design and economics, but my true passion is being domestic at home. I never thought that a loaf of bread would be more fulfilling than a raise at work.

Why I am a Mormon

I really didn't know anything about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints until after I married my husband, John. I knew that he had been a Mormon, but I didn't know anything about what that meant, or what being a Mormon really looked like. After we got pregnant with our first child, I told John that I wanted to raise our children in a church, and gave him a list of churches in the area that I wanted to go check out. John said he'd be happy to go with me, but first I had to come check out his church. I went, and was immediately hooked. There was just something special there. At first I thought that maybe it was just that one meeting, that one group of people; it couldn't possibly be the same the next week. But it was. And the week after that. I couldn't shake the wonderful feeling that I had as I listened and learned more about Christ and the beautiful people who make up His church. I talked with the Bishop and asked to talk to the missionaries. I started reading the Book of Mormon with John, and found that every time I read, or listened to him read, I felt that same special feeling I had felt in church, like my heart was full of peace and joy all at the same time-- a Christmas feeling. As I kept feeling that feeling, I found that I missed it when it was gone. And I also found that families in the church had that feeling in their homes. I wanted that feeling for my children. I wanted it for me. I wanted my children to grow up knowing their value as beloved sons and daughters of a loving Heavenly Father. I prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon, and the truthfulness of the church, and I was overwhelmed at the response I felt. I thought my heart was going to explode with that same Christmas feeling. At that point I knew, that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the true church of Christ, and that the only way to find real happiness in this life was to become a member of His church.

How I live my faith

I live my faith day-to-day; moment-to-moment. As I learn more about what Christ wants for me and my family, and strive diligently to live as Christ would have me live, I have found that I can't be lazy in my faith. My beliefs don't stop on Sunday afternoon after church, or even on Thursday morning when the kids are sick and running rampant around the house. I try hard to be of service to others whenever I can. I love being helpful, and in seeing how small and simple things can make such a big difference in someone's life. Right now, I'm a teacher at church for the youth in the second and third hours of church, which is almost as fun as being a kid again myself. Teaching other kiddos and learning to love them has helped me to love my own children even more. I also get to work with a friend to help three wonderful women at church as we share religious messages with them once a month, check in on them and their beautiful families, and learn about all of the amazing things that they do. I think they teach me a lot more than I teach them though. I am constantly amazed at the talents and skills that the women in the church have, and watching them fulfill all of their roles as they juggle hectic schedules, jobs, church and family obligations, all while staying home to raise their children, fills me with admiration and respect not just for them, but for all women, and for our capacities to love, nurture, and share with those who surround us. These women have taught me just how powerful and beautiful it is to be a woman and a mother, even when the world doesn't agree.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

I just actually taught a lesson on this to my 5 and 6 year-olds at church. Tithing is used to create and care for church buildings like meeting houses and temples, to help fund the missionary program (especially for those that might not be able to pay for their entire mission themselves), to prepare and provide materials for lessons and activities, to pay for temple work, family history and to help with member education. None of our church office holders are paid. --This surprised even some of our children. Paying tithing was difficult for me at first, not having grown up in the church, but almost as soon as our check gets turned in every month, we receive incredible blessings. Paying tithing is truly a privilege, and I am so grateful to be able to give back this small percentage as a measure of my gratitude to Heavenly Father for all that He has done for me and for my family. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is Heavenly Father's organization upon the earth for women. It is a wonderful worldwide group of women dedicated to strengthening homes and families. For me, when I'm not helping teach the children, Relief Society is usually my favorite hour of church. I love being in a positive group of supportive women, some older, some younger, and all of us in different positions and situations in life, who are coming together through Christ to love and support one another through our trials, our challenges, and our joys. The women of the Relief Society are incredible examples to me of faith, personal righteousness, virtue, love, and most importantly, charity. Show more Show less