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Hi I'm Raya

I'm a Mormon Mom with 6 kids and am helping my husband finish school.

About Me

I am a mom to 6 children, who are my work and my glory. At our home we have special challenges of autism and spinal bifidia, apraxia, dyslexia and food allergies. I love to study, read, garden, and design clothes.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the church is true. I have always known the church was true and that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me. I remember sitting in the bishop's office for my baptismal interview when I was 8. I was able to answer his questions with conviction that I was a child of God and was doing what he wanted me to do. This same conviction has stayed with me through my life and has gotten me through some pretty tough times.

How I live my faith

We live our faith by putting our family first. We make time to nightly family prayer and scripture study, weekly family home evenings. I currently am serving in our church nursery- teaching the 18month - 3 year olds the very basics of the gospel.. My husband teaches adult Sunday school. Personally I read/study many books and take a scripture study class during the week. I am currently studying the book "The Miracle of Forgiveness" by Spencer W Kimball.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

As a church, I would say, our women are honored. Our male leadership (Apostles, Prophets, stake presidents and bishops) love us dearly and often admonish the men to be more like women, united in good works, gentle and kind. All forms of abuse are preached against. Our women leadership (Relief Society at all levels) understand what we are going through on a daily basis and support us in our efforts to build our best homes and lives. I always believed growing up that I could be anything I wanted. I went to college and probably majored in 12 majors before getting married. There was just so much I wanted to learn and do. And then I became a mom (and a mom of special needs kids to boot) and found the challenge I had been looking for in life. Sometimes I look over at the career women and envy their ability to go make a difference in this world, until I remember that the works I am doing are literally building the future by building those that will run the future. I have had many opportunities to rejoin the "work force" (like we aren't working at home?) or take on more education for a field I am interested in, and each time I have sat there dreaming what if I could clone myself to pursue these other opportunities and then I realized that my clones would all end up as busy mothers too, because that is the choice I made that truly fulfills me and often stretches my abilities in all ways. Show more Show less

In whom should we have faith?

We should have faith in our Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ. Show more Show less