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Hi I'm Abby

I'm a former teacher, an adoptive parent and a wife. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom, wife, and former teacher living in the Pacific Northwest. I currently work part time tutoring both online and in person. My greatest joys in life are being a mom and having a dedicated and loving husband by my side. He keeps me sane (most of the time) and helps me be a better version of myself. I love to read, knit and play outside when the weather is nice. My husband and I love watching movies together at home, talking, taking walks, and loving the dickens out of our sweet little girl. My life's not perfect, but I can definitely say that I'm happy with the choices I've made so far and I am blessed to have my family and friends to strengthen me. I recently left the teaching profession, even though it didn't quite make financial sense, in pursuit of a more important endeavor - raising my daughter.

Why I am a Mormon

You could say I started being a Mormon because my parents were Mormons. I was baptized when I was eight and they taught me about the Book of Mormon and Jesus Christ through all of my childhood and teen years, but really, that is not the only reason I am a Mormon today; it is merely the reason I was a Mormon as a child. There have been times in my life when I questioned and wondered. Sometimes, I felt that life was so unfair that my parents must be wrong about all of this. So, I did what they taught me to do and what the Book of Mormon teaches and I asked. If there was a God out there, surely He would want me to know of His existence. If there really was a life after this one, and a Savior, and eternal families and all of that, then surely Heavenly Father would tell me, somehow. So, on several occasions I knelt down and I prayed and asked. I asked God if He was there, and if He really did send His Son. I asked if the blessings of eternal families were real, and I asked if Joseph Smith had really seen God the Father and Jesus Christ and restored the gospel. I asked if the Book of Mormon was truly from God. I didn't just ask once. I asked many times about a whole myriad of things. I read the Book of Mormon several times and the Bible as well. I talked to my friends about what they thought about religion and what their parents had taught them, and I thought about the ideas and philosophies I'd read about in school and seen in the media. You could say that the reason I'm a Mormon now is because I have embarked on an ongoing journey of thought, and study, and prayer that has led me to only one conclusion: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches the truth. Living in accordance with this truth has brought me more joy than any other single thing in my life. I am happy because I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by keeping the commandments as best I can. I try so hard to love people, especially those who are difficult to love. This is a principle I think I will always have to work hard to live. I focus on my family. Leaving my job was one of the scariest things I've ever done; it was truly a leap of faith. My husband is a school teacher who is currently pursuing his master's degree and we weren't sure how we were going to cover all the bills when my paychecks stopped rolling in, but we both prayed and knew that leaving work to be home with our young daughter was the right thing for me to do. We still have not worked out all of the financial kinks, but we are being blessed for doing what God expected of us. As a child who was affected prenatally by drugs, my daughter needs a little extra care and parenting. Having the time to see to her needs and focus on honing my parenting skills to meet them is something that will affect her (and me) eternally. I pay tithing. Tithing is sort of like a donation. The difference is that God has blessed us with so much, and He has truly given us everything we have, so we see it as giving a little back to the Lord, which helps us remember from whom our blessings flow. On a one-teacher income, we don't have tons of extra cash lying around, so sometimes ten percent feels like a lot of money to give, but we have received many blessings, financial and otherwise, because of our choice to give back. Even when I go to the store knowing the cash I've set aside for groceries will never be enough for everything on the list, I somehow end up walking out of the store with everything we need, without having gone a penny over the budget. The need for car and home repairs comes up, but only at such times as we have money to pay for them. For every bit of effort I have put into living the commandments, I have received countless blessings.