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Hi I'm April

I'm a Mormon. I live in a small town in Upstate New York.

About Me

Hi! I am a registered nurse, a mom of six grown children, and a grandma of seven grandchildren. I am a full-time student at a large university in the school of nursing. I am working on my certification as a psychiatric nurse practitioner, and on my doctorate of nursing practice. I get teased a lot about being a professional student (gee...maybe that's because I've been in college forever...). My husband's name is Jim. We were married in the Palmyra, New York Temple. Jim looks forward to life after graduation, as you can well imagine. He is retired and wants to build us a house.

Why I am a Mormon

I was so delighted to find out that Christ's original Church which He established on the earth while he lived here has been restored to the earth once again. I knew, even from the time I was a little girl, that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me. What I didn't know, was that I lived with my Father in Heaven, and with Jesus Christ before I was born into mortality. Heavenly Father devised a plan for His children to be happy. He wanted to give us the opportunity to come to earth, receive a body of flesh and blood, and to learn the lessons we need that will help us learn to make righteous choices. We all have an important purpose for living. We need to discover that purpose, and then put 100% into fulfilling it. Another thing that was exciting to me to discover as an investigator of the Church is that there is a living prophet on the earth today! He doesn't wear long robes and sandals like the prophets did in ancient times. He wears a suit and a tie. He is the Lord's mouthpiece on the earth. He receives revelation from our Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ so that he can direct the Church in all of its activities. He doesn't receive money for his work. In fact, he held a full time job all of his life until such time as he could retire. That was another thing that amazed me. The Church has no paid clergy. But my main reason for being a Mormon is that I love Jesus Christ and my Father in Heaven with all my heart and soul. I have found unspeakable joy in reading the scriptures and getting to know my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. I found I can receive personal revelation when I get on my knees and ask for answers to questions that could otherwise be daunting. I had to find out for myself that the Church really is the same one that existed in the days that Jesus lived on the earth. No one else could share that knowledge with me. They could tell me, but I really didn't know until I prayed and fasted and pondered the scriptures.

How I live my faith

Jim and I have gotten into some habits that help us to live our faith. We read the scriptures every day. We found out that we have to get up pretty early in the morning to do this, because I have work and school, and he has horses to feed and chores to do before the sun comes up. We attend church every Sunday. We also do a lot of visiting with other members to let them know they are loved, and we do service in our ward as well. Jim works with the adult men, and I choose the music that is sung in Sacrament meeting. We have prayers together as a couple, and individually. That way, Heavenly Father knows we are thinking of Him every day as we live our lives. We thank Him for blessings we enjoy, and we ask for much needed help at times. Life is not always easy, and we often need a lot of extra help to make it through the difficult times. We receive answers to our prayers in the form of personal revelation. Without this conduit to Heaven, we could lose our way. On Monday nights we like to have Family Home Evening. We just walk away from the stress of the day and spend time sharing inspiring messages from the scriptures, Church magazines, or lesson manuals that help us to improve ourselves and bring us closer to our Father in Heaven. 

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

I remember having this same question when I was finding out about the Church. No, we don't worship Joseph Smith. We worship our Father in Heaven, and his son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was the young man who was chosen by the Lord to help restore the Gospel to the earth. He was a very humble and righteous young man. His parents, Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith worked hard to raise him according to the word of God, as far as they understood it. Although they probably didn't know it, they were preparing their son for his great responsibility that he would receive from the Lord. Show more Show less