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Hi I'm Lavinia

I am married to my soul mate and I'm a homeschooling mom of four wonderful children. I'm a convert to the church.

About Me

My favorite thing in this world is being a mother. I love my four children so very much and am grateful I get to spend time with them as we homeschool. My husband is my soul mate, my eternal companion. I am blessed beyond measure to be his wife, we share so much laughter together and always build up one another. We like to travel around the state with the kids as part of our homeschooling adventures. I enjoy photography, baking, and writing poetry. Writing poetry is great therapy for me, as well as journal writing. I take pictures of my family a lot, particularly my children because they are growing so fast so I must capture as many memories as possible. I like to take photos of nature: the sky, trees, flowers; God has blessed us with such a beautiful world. I have a love for gothic victorian things too so I enjoy taking photos of headstones at old cemeteries. As a homeschooling mom of four children I don't have much time for recreational reading, but when I do I enjoy reading proper romance novels and fantasy novels like The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings, and of course Edgar Allan Poe. I'm learning how to sew. I consider myself a creative person with a vivid imagination. I see so many things in my mind that I'd like to create but need to develop more of my talents to really make them come to life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert. I attended other churches prior to joining the LDS church, I believed in God but cannot say I had a personal relationship with my Savior, I felt empty and was still searching for something that felt real. When I began meeting with the missionaries, I finally felt the spirit of God; it was a warm, peaceful, and very happy feeling. It filled that emptiness I had felt, it made me whole. I joined the church at the age of 19. I am so grateful I did, because I have endured many trials in my life since then. If I didn't have the Gospel, I do not know how I would've survived. One of those trials was losing my mother in 2004. As an investigator, I had learned that families are forever. That was a concept I had always felt to be true, but never heard it taught anywhere else. Once the missionaries taught me that we continue as families after death in the next life, I knew without a doubt that this was the true church. When my mother was diagnosed with cancer in 2003, my faith was tested. Would I really see my mother again? Yes, I knew that I would see her again, and that when I did she would still be my mother. I know this is the true church of our Savior Jesus Christ. I know that He lives. I know the Book of Mormon is true, I've read it many times. I know that we have a prophet who leads and guides us today, and will NEVER lead us astray, his name is Thomas S. Monson. I know that families are eternal. That's why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My faith is my testimony, and my testimony is who I am, so I live my faith by example. I am not perfect, but I strive to live my life as best as possible because I love my Saviour Jesus Christ. He has shown me how much He loves me and I want to show Him how much I love Him by living a life of integrity.