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Hi I'm Misty

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother to 7 wonderful children. I love gardening and home canning. I find so many similarities with canning food and raising children. Fresh produce and children both come in their season. We can’t keep them in our refrigerator or in our home forever! The time with them goes so fast. We must preserve and seal both of them, so that we can enjoy them forever! Sometimes, I wish I could bottle the love and joy I feel with my children and store it in my pantry, so I could open it on a cloudy day to brighten my spirits. Thankfully, I love to shop for groceries, plan meals, cook, clean and do laundry! I love the noise, fun and sometimes chaos that comes as everyone wants to share their stories at the end of the day. Not every day turns out perfectly, but we are all working on being better than we were yesterday! Sometimes at the end of a tough day I breathe a sigh of relief and try to remember that we DID experience some success today because we are all safe and tucked into bed!!

Why I am a Mormon

I started out being a Mormon because my parents, and their parents, and their parents, were members of the church! I come from a rich heritage of faithful ancestors who chose to follow a prophet of God and join the restored church of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful for their faith and their obedience. I am thankful that they taught their children principles of the gospel that helped them remain steadfast. Although in the beginning I relied on the testimonies and faith of my parents and grandparents, now I am a Mormon because I know for myself that it is true. As I have studied the scriptures, I have been amazed at the way they apply personally to my life every single day. I know the Bible is true. It is a remarkable blessing to have the words of the prophets and God’s dealings with His children over thousands of years. Their lives and experiences are not so unlike ours! Recently with my daughters, I have studied virtue in the Book of Mormon. We have tried to learn how to be more virtuous from the lives and examples of Jesus Christ, and the real people he taught and loved. It has changed my life. I am grateful for the Book of Mormon. I know it is true. I am a Mormon because of the enabling and redeeming power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ. When I let him strengthen, forgive, and help me, he makes so much more of my life than I ever could on my own. His love blesses me and eases my burdens as I rely on Him.

How I live my faith

I think one way to live my faith is to pass it on to my children so that it continues to live in them. As a family we gather each Monday night for about an hour and spend time teaching, sharing and smiling! Everyone has a responsibility whether it is leading a song, giving a lesson, performing a talent, or even making treats. During that precious family time, we hear the concerns and worries of our children, teach doctrine, testify of Christ, feel the spirit, and strengthen one another. Our time together on Monday is a priority and it is priceless! As a family we also pray together and study our scriptures daily. Just as I would never send my children out the door on a stormy day without a coat to protect them from the elements, I could never send them out the door without praying together to ask for Heavenly Father’s protection, guidance, and strength as they start their day. The main thing I want my children to know and understand completely is how very much they are loved by God and to see themselves as He sees them. He loves each of us unconditionally. It doesn't matter what we have ever done, or what we may have left undone, he loves us more than we could ever imagine, just because we are His children. When we see ourselves as He sees us, we are secure in His love. We are gentler on ourselves, and we treat others with more kindness and understanding. Knowing that God loves His children will bless each of us forever.