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Hi I'm Conley

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 36 years old. I am the 8th of 9 children. I have been married to my Honeybunches for 13 years, we have no children due to medical reasons. I've had 4 heart transplants, ages 11, 15, 18 and 29. And, I am currently in renal failure and on dialysis. I am a drafter by trade and I love to see a project designed and built on paper. I am currently not employed, mostly for medical reasons and partly due to the lack of part time work. I like to read a good books, watch movies, surf and play on the internet, draft, my church activities, go to the temple, be with family and do our family history.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the enabling power of the Atonement. In 2 Nephi 2:8 of the Book of Mormon it reads, “there is no flesh that can dwell in the presence of God, save it be through the merits, and mercy, and grace of the Holy Messiah.” The word grace in this verse and in the scriptures is often to mean “enabling power”. In the Bible Dictionary, under the word grace, it states: "It is likewise through the grace of the Lord that individuals, through faith in the atonement of Jesus Christ and repentance of their sins, receive strength and assistance to do good works that they otherwise would not be able to maintain if left to their own means. This grace is an enabling power that allows men and women to lay hold on eternal life and exaltation after they have expended their own best efforts.” In short, grace or enabling power of the Atonement can strengthen us to be good and shake off our natural tendencies. It is the assistance from our Heavenly Father needed to endure our trials and enter into the Kingdom of God. This last September it will be 26 years since I received my first transplant. As I reflect on the last 26 years I have noticed a pattern in the sands of life just as the man in the poem Footprints. In my case though the double set of footprints are not necessarily along the path of my least amount of trial, rather, they are the times of greatest pride and forgetfulness of the Lord. It is those times that I diligently sought the Lord through scripture study, prayer, obedience and temple attendance that the second set of tracks faded and the Lord carried me. I am a Mormon because I have witnessed His hand in my life and I testify Christ lives and continues to perform miracles our lives. I know that through simple obedience we can shake off the natural man and partake of the enabling power of the Atonement that we may endure the trials of this life and live with our Heavenly Father again.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith with a positive attitude. I have come to believe and know that being happy is an inside job. The only one that can make me happy is ME. Growing up I had a poster to remind me of this that said, "P.A.C.E: Positive Attitude Changes Everything." Anytime I was getting down my mom would remind me to "Keep the PACE!!" As anyone can image a lifetime of medical challenges can take it's toll on the Spirit and I have had my moments of depression. But, one of the great things about the gospel is the knowledge that, yes, we are here to be tried and tested to see if we will overcome the adversary and that will be difficult! But, we are not alone! and the Lord wants us to be happy! A Book of Mormon prophet named Alma (Chapter 42) talks of the Lord's plan of salvation and names it the Great Plan of Happiness. Why? Because thru the atonement all of our sin, pain and sorrows can be swallowed up in Christ. He has paid for it and if we are willing to go to Him and thru obedience we can be freed from that hurt and be happy! I've tested this simple truth out in my own life and testify that I know it to be true.