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Hi I'm Umeka

I was born & raised in NC, I now live in MI. I was converted & baptized in 1993. I'm a wife. I'm a mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I got married in October 2005 in the Washington DC Temple and we have a 2 year old daughter. I am a stay at home mom which proves to be both rewarding and taxing at times. I love being home with my daughter but there are also times when I miss working in the "outside world." But I find comfort in knowing that I can take care of and provide for her like no one else can or will. I also realize that I am extremely fortunate to have the ability to make the decision to stay at home. My husband is my best friend and my life's greatest blessing and I'm fortunate to have such a strong supporter in my life. As for hobbies, I love to knit, I taught myself how to do it about a year ago and have moved quickly from one project to the next. I love to read, or be read to (I have recently discovered audiobooks). I enjoy watching movies and television though I try to limit my time doing both. I love to talk, I love people and that makes me very social person. I truly enjoy time spent with family, both immediate and extended.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized in 1993 and decided to do so because my mom was going to get baptized - that is why I was a Mormon then. Why am I a Mormon now - because I believe that Joseph Smith had a vision, because I believe he was a latter-day prophet of God, because I believe the Book of Mormon is a true testament of Christ. Those are all the "textbook" answers. But when I really ask myself "why am I a Mormon" and ponder that question then I realize it is because: I have felt the healing powers of the priesthood for myself and witnessed it in the lives of others. I have felt the Spirit strongly when listening to the prophets and apostles of the church speak as well as our local leaders. I believe in the principals of the gospel, the plan of salvation, eternal families, etc. Plus, it just makes me want to be a better person, a better wife, a better mother...a more Christ-like example.

How I live my faith

I currently work with the female youth in our ward between the ages of 12-18. We plan all sorts of activities for them, from crafts to sporting activities to service activities.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

YES, husband and wife can be together forever through a sealing ceremony within the walls of the temple. I do believe that one of the greatest blessings we are given is to be together with our families forever IF we live worthily of that blessing. A temple marriage or sealing ceremony in itself does not guarantee an eternal family, it is merely a step in the right direction. You also have to live a life worthy of such a blessing. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

I believe that anyone, Mormons and non-Mormons alike come to know our Heavenly Father in the same way. We "talk" to Him through our prayers and we seek Him out in all that we do. He already knows everything about us, we just have to give Him the time and we can know Him too. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

No, a mission is not a requirement! It is strongly encouraged for males who are of the proper age and worthiness to fulfill a full-time mission but at the same time the church never forces anyone to serve. My husband has been an active and worthy member of the church for his entire life but decided not to serve a mission. Female members can serve a mission at the age of 21 if they so desire. Show more Show less