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Hi I'm Myla

I'm a Mormon. I am a wife and mother of two kids. I was born in California, grew up in Michigan, and now I live in Utah.

About Me

I am a wife and mother of two children, ages 2 & 4. We all live with my husband's parents and his sister. Crawling out of a debt hole takes a lot of time. At least we all like each other enough to make it work. I don't do scrapbooking like I would like to because of this, but it has its perks as well as its drawbacks. My kids know their grandparents and their aunt better than if we weren't here. And when I bake something, I know the whole house will eat it instead of just me. Right now, we also have my husband's other sister and her husband and three children living here too. Between us, we have 5 boys ages 1 through 6. A little crazy? Yes. I love the show So You Think You Can Dance, but it's always right during bedtime, so I have to wait until it comes online 5 days later and watch it on a computer. I went to BYU for college, and took a dance class every semester because I loved every type of dance I did. The only dance class I took before college was when I was 8 I took Hawaiian dancing in California with my friends. This year I started exercising to get into better shape, and remembered how much I love to move, and Zumba became my new love of life. But life got a little more crazy and expensive, so I gave that up for awhile--but I'll be back! A lot of my talents are somehow edible. I entered a recipe into the Pillsbury bake-off contest for the first time. I like to decorate cakes--learned from my grandma. And I like to eat, so I make yummy things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS. In high school my group of friends included Baptist, Christian, Christian Reformed, and Catholic. Each of us had our own views, but we strong in our faiths. I know God and Jesus Christ and the Holy Ghost are three separate people/persons, so the trinity concept never really held water in my heart. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is what is taught in the LDS church, and that's what is true. Other churches have some of the truth, but more of the answers are held here. I still struggle with big questions myself, but I know I can find the answers here. One of my favorite shows is Survivor, and this past season there was a guy on there who talked about his belief in Jesus Christ, and kept calling himself a believer. I think that's a powerful statement. I think that faith is a concept that is so simple, yet so profound. I think that faith is a decision of belief. I realized that some concepts in Jesus's gospel I'm a believer of, and some concepts I am a knower of. I know God has prophets on the earth today to tell us what we need to hear. I know the Book of Mormon is true. I know I am a child of Heavenly Father, and that He loves me. I believe in the atonement of Jesus Christ, that we are all saved physically regardless of what we do, but more importantly we are saved spiritually when we keep His commandments.

How I live my faith

I am a stay-at-home mom because I believe that God has entrusted me with these precious kids, and it is my job and responsibility to teach them well. The sacrifices I am making to do this are huge, but so worth it. My family is important to me, and it is the center of Heavenly Father's plan. I go to church every Sunday, teach a class of 8-year-olds, and participate in church activities. I am not very consistent with my daily scripture reading, but I have been making more of an effort lately, and I'm on a pretty good streak right now. I am not really a good scriptorian (I have a hard time remembering where the reference is, or who said it), but once the concepts are in my head, they make sense to me and are part of my thinking. I believe that there are lots of ways to live your faith, and you may be very different than your neighbor or brother. I love the calling of visiting teaching. Basically, two women are assigned together to visit a few other sisters. I call it the "built-in friends" program. It just gives me the opportunity to visit with women I might not otherwise associate with, and share a gospel message with them. I have gained lots of ideas on how to raise my kids, insights on gospel principles, and some really great friends. I enjoy talking anyway, so having a reason to sit & chat for awhile is awesome to me! I am also part of the congregation choir, and that's been really fun. Our director is musically knowledgeable, so I'm learning a lot. It's not always like that with a ministry that takes people from all walks of life and puts them where the Lord wants them--sometimes the leader is learning right along with the students. I grew up in a smaller congregation, so I'm used to jumping right in and praying to know what the Lord wants me to do with a particular job. Motherhood is quite similar! I know Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and I hope He would be happy with how I live.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Myla
No offense, but that's just dumb. Of course not. It may look like that because our wards are so tight-knit, and if we're doing things right, then you can witness many people rallying around those in need. But that's only part of it. We help when we know there's a need, and we have a lot of interactions with those in our ward, so we fulfill those needs we know of. I've never asked anyone their religion before helping them do anything. Being a Christian means following Jesus Christ's teachings, and I think the Good Samaritan story sums that one up for us. We would not be able to call ourselves Christian if we only helped those who shared our same faith. Show more Show less