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Hi I'm Tracey. I'm a Mormon!

I'm an Australian, a wife, a mother and the only female in a house full of males!

About Me

I have been married to my husband for 18 years. We have 3 sons aged 14, 7 and 5. In my working career I worked as a child carer of school aged children and also pre-school children, and then have mostly been a full-time Mum since my oldest son was born. I recently did some more study and I am now doing Family Day Care in my home. I care for 2 or 3 extra children three days a week. I love the families I work with and their children. I am very creative and love cooking, scrapbooking, drawing, painting, photography, and facepainting. I also love meeting people, reading, watching movies, singing, op-shopping, bushwalking, running and cycling. After living a lifetime in the same city I have just started travelling overseas for holidays. I love it!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 21 two missionaries knocked on my door. I had always had questions about the meaning of life and what happens after this life. I listened to the missionaries (although a bit hesitantly at first) and found that unlike anyone I had ever spoken to they could give me clear answers to my questions. They gave me a copy of the Book of Mormon and invited me to read it and pray to know if the book was true. I had been reading a little in the New Testament and especially the stories about Jesus and I could feel great power when I read it. I knew it contained truth. When I begain reading the Book of Mormon I felt the same power in those words. I knew the book of Mormon also contained truth. When I prayed to know if the Book of Mormon was a true book. I received an answer. I didn't hear an answer but I felt a surety in my mind and my heart that it was right. I felt certain. I had been to quite a few churches and even though they all taught from the Bible, their beliefs contradicted each other. I did believe that there was a correct church on the earth. Jesus Christ's church. I just had to find it. Then it found me! When the missionaries invited me to follow Jesus's example and be baptised, I knew it was an important step to continuing in my faith. In the 22 years I have been a member of this church I have continued to grow in my faith. I feel a surety when I let people know that there is a God who loves them, that Jesus is their Savior, that the Book of Mormon is the word of God, that Joseph Smith was a prophet, that we have a living prophet on the earth today, and that Jesus Christ's church has been restored to the earth.

How I live my faith

At church I am responsible to visit other women in their home and kind of keep an eye on them and make sure they are doing ok. If they need a friend to listen or some help I am able to help and organise others to help too - like if their garden is getting too much, or they need help moving, or they need some extra hands when they have young children, or just some chocolate and an understanding ear. I love to meet people who are new at church and make sure they feel welcome and can find their way around. I love getting to know people. I love talking with people about the things that are really important in life - like families, how to get through hard times, drawing strength through Jesus Christ, and how we can be truly happy and at peace even we things don't seem to be going our way. I look for opportunities each day to serve and help someone. It may be someone who needs help often or someone I just meet in my neighbourhood. We all need friends! I take some time out each week to attend the temple. It's very quiet there and I have time to centre myself and focus on the most important things in life.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

Tracey. I'm a Mormon!
Just like no one can prove there is no God, no one can prove there is. There are a lot of things about nature that remind me that God is there - the intricacies of ecosystems, the tiny creations that are all around us, including creatures that are too small for our eyes to see, as well as the unending size of the universe. None of that happened by accident. Because of infertility, I have pondered deeply how babies are conceived and grow and are born and continue to develop throughout their lives. That amazing process didn't happen by accident. It is amazing to me how people come in and out of my life and are just the people I needed to meet at that particular time. It is never an accident. Mostly I know there is a God because I can pray and He answers my prayers. He may not answer straight away, I may not see angels or hear a voice but I know he hears me. God doesn't always give me what I want but he always gives me what I need. Show more Show less