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Hi I'm Mercy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom and a grandma. I have a hobby farm and love country living; raise pigs, chickens, turkeys, goats, also have sheep, alpaca, mini donkey, horses, big dogs (Great Pyrenees and South African Boerboels) and cats, currently shopping for a new cow. Enjoy gardening, preparedness, shooting, making goats' milk soap/lotions etc. Lifelong learner, love American history and heritage. Currently enrolled in Master's of Political Economy program. Homeschooled kids for 12 years.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in a home where we went to church pretty much only on Easter and Christmas, I went through a period in my teenage years where I became very skeptical of faith in general and considered myself an atheist. I was convinced that faith and religion were the proverbial opiate of the masses, and existed only for the weak who needed a crutch to lean on. I will never be sure why, though, but God seemed to reach out to me, in my pride and pigheadedness, and I had a very dramatic spiritual experience of being born again. After several years attending evangelical Christian churches, and being well versed in "anti" organized religion (including Mormonism), I agreed to listen to the LDS missionaries to placate a Mormon friend I had worked on for a year to try to "save" from that crazy cult (!). I was ready to "bash" with them; boy was I surprised. First, I found that what the Church taught was NOT what I'd been told they believed; and second, as I listened, that still, small voice of the Spirit resonated deep within me with a simple, but undeniable witness that I knew what they were teaching me was true - it was what I had always known was true, deep down inside. As I read the Book of Mormon, I knew that there was no way a boy with a 3rd grade education wrote that book. It had to come from one of two places. And as I read the Bible, the Spirit again witnessed to me powerfully through the words of Matthew, that by their fruits ye shall know them. And it was undeniable to me that the "fruit" of Joseph Smith's work; the teachings of the LDS Church, the results of the application of those teachings in the lives and the families of the members, the good done by the Church throughout the world, was indeed good fruit. I was baptized; and in 38 years, I have never looked back. It would have been easier many times to do so, as I was the only member in my family for many of those years; but I could never deny the witness I had received. It's true!

How I live my faith

I have served in various callings since joining the LDS Church 38 years ago. I love teaching, and have taught every age from 1 to 100, literally; also worked in musical callings, as choir director and music chairman; and in administrative, leadership roles as President and counselor in our women's, young women's, and children's organizations. Currently I'm serving as a ward missionary, which I love because of the many opportunities I have not only to reach out to those in my community who are not of our faith but interested in learning more about it, but also to strengthen the faith of those who are new converts growing in their testimonies, and of those who might be longtime members struggling with questions or challenges and needing support and help.