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Hi I'm Yvonne

I'm a mother. I'm a Scouter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm the mother of two young children. I have been married to my husband for 7 years and he truly is my best friend! I graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from BYU-Idaho. I'm an avid reader of fiction & non-fiction. Currently I spend a lot of time reading child educational/development books & implementing Montessori principles with my preschooler. I also enjoy reading fantasy, historical fiction and some science fiction as well as non-fiction (a wide variety: auto-biographies/biographies, historical, political & finance books). I enjoy traveling, working on family history, sewing, gardening & working with the local Cub Scouts. I attended Wood Badge in 2010 and am working to finish my ticket in 2011! The most ambitious sewing projects I've ever done was to reupholster my sofas and to sew my own pocket cloth diapers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught gospel principles in my home by my parents from the time I was a baby. I was taught gospel principles every Sunday in church from the time I was 18 months old and began attending Nursery. I attended seminary every year from grades 9-12. But learning something and learning to apply it are two different things. I had learned about the Savior's Atonement and sacrifice for each of us in many lessons throughout my life, but it wasn't until I was 15 when I became fully aware of His sacrifice and Atonement and what it meant to me. I had finished reading a book about Lady Jane Grey, the interim queen of England for 9 days after her cousin Edward died. "Bloody Mary" returned from Spain to claim the throne and reinstated Catholicism as the state religion. Mary pleaded with Jane to forsake her Protestant faith and convert to Catholicism so her life would be spared. Jane resisted and was executed by beheading. She was 17 or 18 years old. I pondered the magnitude of Jane's decision and wondered if I too would stand firm to my faith even in the face of death. I thought I would. Then the thought, "Am I even ready to meet God?" came to mind. It was then that I realized that I was unclean - not of any serious transgressions or sins, but of small and "insignificant" sins. I realized those "insignificant" sins would still keep me out of my Father's presence if left unresolved in my life. I began to pray and ask forgiveness of these small sins I had accumulated since my baptism 7 years previously. As I prayed, the thought came to my mind that it was only through the Atonement of Jesus Christ that I could be cleansed and forgiven. I asked that I might partake of the Savior's Atonement, that the blood he shed in Gethsemane might be used to wipe away my sins. A peace came over me that cannot adequately be described in words. I knew that my repentance had been accepted by Heavenly Father and I was forgiven of my sins. I am eternally indebted to my Savior.

How I live my faith

I live my faith as I study the scriptures daily with my family and on my own. I seek out opportunities to serve and uplift others. Last year I worked as a leader within the women's organization of the church, and was responsible for planning and carrying out monthly activities designed to provide learning opportunities for women as they seek to better care and provide for their family's needs. I serve as a visiting teacher within the Relief Society and I love it! I enjoy visiting the two sisters we teach every month, getting to know them better, serving them and sharing an uplifting message with them. Because I believe in living a Christ-centered life, I seek for opportunities outside of my 'callings' in the church to help other people in any way I can. Service is the key to a happy personal life and to changing the world. I might only affect a few people, but I believe that every good deed we do sets a chain reaction of positive events in the lives of people we don't even know. Currently I am the Pack Committee Chair for our ward's (unit) Cub Scout Program and that is my official calling or position in my ward. I definitely have the Spirit of Scouting deep in my heart and am committed to providing a quality Cub Scouting program for the boys in my ward/unit. I am truly a Scouter! I am on the committee for our council's annual Cub Scout Leader Pow Wow and October 2011 I am beginning my tenure as my district's Cub Scout Roundtable Commissioner. I do my duty to God and strive to do all that is expected of me not because my parents, husband, family or friends expect it or want it of me, but because I know it is what my Heavenly Father wants me to do.