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Hi I'm Yvonne van Dijk

I have lived in South Africa all my life in the Gauteng Province. I have been a Mormon all my life.

About Me

I am the proud mother of 4 wonderful children and richly blessed to be a grandmother of 5 adorable angels. I run my own small company designing websites and assisting / teaching / guiding people regarding Internet Marketing. I love helping people. I love being creative, and this flows into my hobbies of Scrap booking and Card-making/Stamping. I also enjoy doing Family History and for me it is an honour to follow the example of my late parents and late ex-mother-in-law who were such amazing examples to so many, and taught me so much. They instilled in my a desire to continue with this great work. To me it is such a blessing to share my talents and my hobbies to bless the lives of others, in all areas of my life.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised a Mormon and yet, at the age of about 45 I left the church and investigated other ways of life. After 10 years of not finding whatever it was I thought I was searching for I got tired of feeling I had lost something very precious. I was being stubborn, it was destroying me. My brother spoke with me and I humbled my heart and went back to church. I had never stopped believing in the church and my testimony had never failed me. I know my Saviour lives and loves me, and suffered that I might have eternal life. I know that the prophet Joseph Smith did restore the gospel and that the priesthood is the power of God on earth. I know that families can be together forever if they work at living the principles of the gospel. I know this is all true because I have prayed and fasted and received my own answers. I got my personal revelation. I can't deny it. I know that the saving ordinances of the Temple are needed by all who wish to be united as a family in the life hereafter. Sure, I have to work for it. It takes effort, commitment and dedication, but, nothing worthwhile in life is easy or free. I did not choose my family to be separated from them after death.... I love them enough to want to be with them forever. Nothing else makes any sense to me. I know my Saviour loves me, and knows me by name. I testify that the church is true and I can not deny it. I am a child of God. When my time here is done, I want to go home, to be with my family and my Saviour, forever.

How I live my faith

I have served in so many diverse callings in the church, working with the little children from the ages of 3 and up to adults. Every one of those callings has left me richer, bigger, more than what I was. Service is the greatest way to show love for my Saviour and in giving we receive so much. The gospel is all about love, service in church and in the community. I have also worked with abused woman, run a protection shelter as part of the local Police Station for 3 years and dealt with drug rehabilitation facilitators helping to turn lives around. My faith in repentance and forgiveness has helped to be compassionate and share with others that nothing in life is impossible and if they want something badly enough they can make it happen. They can be forgiven. They can make things right. I know that the gospel teachings guided us as parents in raising our children and its so inspirational, such a joy, so humbling, to see my children teaching their children. It is humbling to see my daughters commitment to raise her daughters in the gospel and my eldest son strive to always be a righteous Priesthood holder and work with his wife as they raise their three children to walk in righteous paths. Everyone can serve, no matter what one's circumstances ... visiting the sick and afflicted or those in need of love and comfort. Service is the greatest gift, the Prophet and leaders remind us of this constantly. Reading the Book of Mormon each day is the best armour we can wear.

What do Mormons believe about the Holy Ghost? Who is the Holy Ghost?

Yvonne van Dijk
Mormon's believe that the Holy Ghost becomes their constant companion through righteous living once they have been baptized. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Yvonne van Dijk
We are human beings, we make mistakes, we get up, we carry on and try again. You will find normal people when you meet the Mormons. We just strive to live the gospel teachings every day, to strive to become more Christlike. Being a Mormon is a way of life. A good way. A happy way. A way full of hope and promise. A way that anyone can follow. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Yvonne van Dijk
One of the best ways to see that Mormon's do believe and follow Jesus Christ and His teachings, is to attend their services, to hear and see for yourself. All are welcome. None are judged. Few leave untouched. Show more Show less