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Hi I'm PJ

I'm an avid reader, an amateur blogger, an emotional mother, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I love to read novels and I try to write. I began blogging about a year ago to practice my writing skills and give myself a creative outlet. It has been such an education to learn and understand everything involved in building a blog, especially as I kind of despise technological change. I don't adjust well. I love to craft, create, and generally beautify my world. I think creating is inherent in every human being and an important part of feeding one's soul, so naturally my two boys and I have plenty of coloring, painting, and play-doh sessions. My boys really use their creativity and imagination all day long though. They build dinosaur museums, take airplane trips, or go on great ocean voyages everyday! Children are amazing. Being a mom is the best thing I have ever done even though it is also the most demanding and difficult job I have ever had. An average day at "the office" for me involves bouts of impatience, whining, crying, and at least one mental breakdown (and I am not just referring to the children here). Life with pre-schoolers is never dull...I hear they can be a lot like teenagers. We get through these trying moments and thankfully, there are so many sweeter ones.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a mormon because I believe that Jesus is the Christ, my Savior. I came to know this for myself as a teenager reading The Book of Mormon. My parents gave me a foundation of belief from a young age, but this belief became my own as I read the scriptures. As I read The Book of Mormon, Christ felt more real to me than ever before, I could feel this love growing inside me, inspiring me to be better, to be more like Him.

How I live my faith

Since I believe in Jesus Christ and in his teachings that means I should follow them, right? I try everyday, but somedays I do better than others. For me, following Jesus Christ is about people and loving them the way he would. That means caring for those around me and reaching out to help those in need. I try by being patient with my kids, getting to know my neighbors, caring for my family, and serving in my church and community. In church right now, I serve in the Primary, which is an organization for the children. In Primary, the children go to sunday school classes, sing songs, and enjoy opportunities to teach one another. I get to teach, encourage, and watch over the children, especially on Sundays while their parents go to class and serve. My favorite part of Primary is learning together with the children about Jesus Christ and how he loves them.

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes! Mormons are Christians because we believe that Jesus Christ is our perfect example. He showed us how to obey God completely and love others fully. We accept Him as our Savior. Through Jesus Christ we can change and become better, happier people as we obey God's laws and accept His grace. Yes, Mormons are Christians and we feel it a privilege to bear the name, "Christian." Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Mormons believe the Bible to be scripture, inspired by God, containing His word, and recorded by His servants. I love the scriptures, including the Bible. I have read the entire New Testament several times and my never ending goal is to read every word in the Old Testament. I refer to the Bible often in my personal scripture study and it is a primary resource as I prepare Sunday lessons and teach my children. I would especially encourage parents to share the Bible with their young children. My children have loved the scripture stories of the Bible since they were very young toddlers. They have heard them again and again and not just paraphrased, but read directly from the King James Version. I have been amazed at their ability to appreciate and understand the word of God. Show more Show less