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Hi I'm Abby

I'm a biological, adoptive, and foster mom. I love to dance. I have a passion for creating. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of 4 children. My husband, Kory, and I dated in high school, kept in contact through college and his mission (Philippines), and were married in 2002. We wanted to have kids right away, but the Lord had other plans for us. After some time of trying for children we decided to become foster parents. Several children come through our home. Then we had 3 miscarriages. Finally we were able to adopt and be sealed to one of our foster children in 2007. Angela had severe medical challenges and disabilities. We learned so much through her about our Heavenly Father's Plan of Salvation. Angela passed away in 2010 at the age of 4. We know the Plan of Salvation is real and look forward to being reunited with Angela. Just 6 months after Angela's adoption, I gave birth to Elliott. Emily quickly followed, then Angela passed. In 2011 Dale was born and we are busy! I am no longer able to have biological children, but we have love for more. We are licensing again to provide foster care and are excited to care for more of Heavenly Father's precious children. I love to dance; tap, jazz, Zumba, and swing dancing with my husband. The kids and I love to boogie at home and in the car. I love to create in many ways. Decorating cookies, turning trash into treasures for my home, paper crafting, decorating for parties, and making hand-made gifts are just a few ways I enjoy making beautiful things. I also love to drive and someday would LOVE to drive a race car around a track.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converted to the Gospel shortly before I was born. They were sealed in the temple when my mother was pregnant with me. I like to think that I wouldn't come to the earth until I could come to a family where I could have the eternal blessings of the temple and the Gospel in my life. I have always loved the Plan of Salvation, to know that I am a daughter of God and that together with my loved ones I can one day return to His presence. I continue to live the Gospel because I want to live with God and my Savior in eternal happiness with my husband, children, ancestors and posterity. Having lost a child keeps me motivated to keep the covenants I have made so I can be reunited with her some day. I have a testimony that God lives and that He loves His children. I know that Christ lived a perfect life of humility, service, and unconditional love, then gave His life to make it possible for us to repent, endure the hardships of life, then ultimately return to Him. The principles and ordinances of the gospel were restored to the earth through a prophet, Joseph Smith. Through divine inspiration he translated the Book of Mormon from the plates that were buried in the Hill Cummorah. We continue to receive revelation for our time through our current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. The Book of Mormon testifies of Jesus Christ as our Savior and Redeemer. I am a Mormon because I am happy as I live according to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I love my Savior, Jesus Christ, and want to be a part of building His kingdom on this earth. I have served in many callings at church including playing the piano and working with the children. I currently serve in the nursery with the youngest children. I support my husband as he holds a large amount of responsibility leading and directing the men of our congregation. I strive to keep the commandments, although I am imperfect. I am involved in our local chapter of MOMS Club International, which is a club for stay-at-home mothers. We help each other in times of need and provide service in our community. I pray and study my scriptures, and teach my children who they are and where they have come from. I have recently gained a strong testimony of the importance of our bodies to our eternal nature and am working to take better care of it by exercising and eating a little healthier. I serve Heavenly Father's precious young children in my home as a mother and foster mom. I participate in the activities of the Church, attend my weekly meetings, and strive to be a positive influence wherever I go. I try to be open to promptings of the Spirit so the Lord can use me as an instrument to share His love with others around me.

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

The tithing that we pay is used for building the kingdom of God. It is used for building chapels, temples, and other buildings. It is used for operating costs of the church. It is used to prepare and print training materials and manuals, and to broadcast special meetings live via satellite, radio, and the internet. Our tithing funds temple work and family history which helps create eternal families. Our tithing also funds the general expenses of the full-time missionary program, which helps others receive the blessings of the Gospel. Paying tithing is an act of faith. It can be difficult sometimes when money is short, but I am glad to pay one-tenth of our income to help God's Kingdom move forward. I see all that I have as a blessing from God. I am just a steward of the means He has provided my family to live. When I am faithful in paying tithing, the Lord provides. We have experienced miracles when we acted in faith and were true to our covenants. Show more Show less

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

We need a Savior because we are imperfect. But Heavenly Father loves us so much that He provided a Savior, his perfect Son, to redeem our souls. We need a Savior so we can return to our Heavenly Father, cleansed through the blood of Christ. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Our main meeting is called Sacrament meeting. During this meeting the entire family participates. We open the meeting with a hymn and prayer. The Sacrament, which consists of bread and water, is blessed and passed by the Young Men to the congregation. This is a time of quiet reflection on our relationship with the Savior. After the Sacrament is passed, we listen to speakers who are previously assigned from the congregation. Often the first speaker is a young man or woman, followed by two adult speakers. The speakers are given topics to speak on, and then prepare their own messages using the scriptures, messages from General Authorities, and inspiration through the Holy Ghost. Visitors are always welcome to join our meetings. You do not need to wait to be invited to attend. Following Sacrament Meeting the congregation divides into age appropriate Sunday School classes where we study the doctrines of Christ in the scriptures. Then we divide again and attend Young Men, Young Women, Relief Society, or Priesthood where we study how in our various roles as youth, men, and women we can apply the doctrine of Christ in our lives. Show more Show less