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Hi I'm Holly

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am like you--just a human being trying to do the best I can. At this time in my life I am first and foremost a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. These are the roles that demand the bulk of my energy and bring me great joy. Next, I am a friend to anyone who will have me! I have a great delight in physical activities and competition. I play tennis a few times a week, ride a bike, swim, walk, golf,or exercise at the gym--I just like to be active. As I write this I have tomatoes growing on the vines outside my window, and flowers turning to catch the sun. What peace I find in the garden, or in the mountains, or by the stream, or even in the desert. God is the creator of all these lovely things and I feel close to Him as I labor to make something come to life. When I have a little time I like to write--mostly 'life stories' of family members. Reading is another passion, though much of the time I am listening to books while on the go. History, biographies, great literature, even a few books for young adults and children, inform or entertain me. Those who know me would say I love to cook. I think it is more that I find a great deal of satisfaction in providing meals for my family and anyone who comes my way. I love good conversations, a hearty laugh, and hard work. The most important thing to know about me is that I love the Lord Jesus Christ. His life and teachings absorb my thoughts and invite my best efforts and most worthy endeavors.

Why I am a Mormon

There are at least three important reasons I am a Mormon. My first influences in life were from my parents and grandparents who were devoted members of the Church. They were so loving to me and full of faith in their personal spiritual observances and service to others that I wanted to be like them--to honor the heritage they gave me. The second reason I am a Mormon and a believer is that I began to learn for myself at a young age that living the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ brought me happiness, strength, and confidence. The gospel invites me to be more kind, true, loyal, and good (among other things I value). Perhaps the most important reason I am a Mormon is because I believe the teachings of Jesus Christ (as taught by the Mormons and found in scripture) with all my heart, might, mind, and soul. I have spent long but wonderful hours studying, searching, and praying. I feel a conviction about these truths that drives my devotion and blesses my life.

How I live my faith

I wish I could say that I perfectly live my faith. My faith is so precious to me, and I have a desire that my actions reflect my faith. When I fall short of my ideals I am grateful I can return to them through the loving grace of my Savior who helps me see that I can do better and keep trying. How thankful I am for His loving kindness. He is my model, my ideal, my teacher. Every day I try to draw near to Him with prayer early in the morning, and some quiet time of reflection and reading His holy words in scripture. I try to 'take Jesus with me' as I go about my day--seeking to see things as He might see them. Throughout the day I try to draw near to Him by loving His children. I feel a great desire to be an influence for good in this world and to help others find the joy I have in the love of God. These daily actions are usually very small (though I must confess I wish they were more amazing)--a phone call to someone who needs friendship, an email to someone, a smile to a stranger, an hour or two of service--freely given, some small sacrifice for the benefit of another. There are so many ways to 'share the love.' I try to remember to say "yes" to opportunities to be engaged with others. Outside of my private activities and observances, my Church provides ample opportunities to live my faith. Currently I spend a lot of time with young adults, many of them are far from their own homes and families. I teach the gospel to them, provide food for a number of monthly activities, teach a cooking class, and provide a warm, loving, motherly influence for them. How I love these young people!

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Holly
I will leave it to the Church to give an official answer to this question, but I love this question because it causes me to reflect on the huge blessing it is to receive a call to serve in a position in the Church. My college degree was in education. But I married and had a baby before I could ever teach at a school. However, every year of my married life I have had opportunities to teach in the Church. For twelve years I taught Seminary, which is a daily, early morning religion class for teenagers. I had the joy of seeing these young people learn about the Bible and the Book of Mormon, to learn about God and the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ. These students made great sacrifices (as did I!) to arise early and come to class before school. I am so grateful I could use and develop my teaching talents in this way. Another calling I loved was to organize a Girls Camp each summer. Girls 12-18 years old would leave the city, their hair-dryers and make-up, and the world behind, and come to an outdoor camp for nearly a whole week. I worked side by side with them for a dozen years, building fires, cooking, hiking, learning skills, and building confidence. I have never been paid, and actually have spent some of my own money, in my various callings. But the cost has been nothing in comparison to the great blessings of all kinds which have come my way. In the words of a hymn "I feel it a pleasure to serve Him." Show more Show less