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Hi I'm Yvonne

I grew up in Sweden. I am a Massage Therapist and a teacher. I am married and have 3 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of 20 yrs and have 3 children. I love helping people feel better after they have been hurt with my skills as a Massage Therapist. Teaching is another passion, helping and encouraging children to love learning and gaining the skills needed to teach themselves and to be independent in life. I work as a paraprofessional currently at an elementary school in special education. When time permits I will not pass up the chance to perform on stage with lines, singing and or dancing. Music is a big part of my life and another source of strength a long with my faith. I like to travel and see new places, make new friends, and trying new foods. English is my second language I grew up in Sweden. I married in 1990 and moved to Japan to join my husband who was in the Navy at the time and lived there for about 2 1/2 yrs. It was a wonderful opportunity to grow for me. I was a teacher for 400 students, teaching English. Working with the natives was worth it and I learned a lot about myself and learned to appreciate all that I had been taught at home! I had many opportunities to serve at church, in my neighborhood, and at work! A big thank you to all my wonderful teachers in my life.

Why I am a Mormon

First, I was raised by parents of faith and love. My Mother taught me to pray and to trust Jesus and Heavenly Father. As an only child, I never lived in fear, I could always ask for help with anything while my Parents had to work and I was at school. I was baptized at age 8. I have been a continual convert and scripture study and prayer are essential to me, helps me to feel closer to God and his Son Jesus Christ. I love my Savior and he gives me the courage to do what is right, especially after I have made a mistake. I feel his love often especially when I pray and read his words. I am grateful for the sacrament and Jesus's atonement for all of us. I don't have to live in fear, but with faith and peace instead. My faith has been tested from time to time but I have only to turn my thoughts and eyes to my Savior and talk to him and listen to the spirit of Truth, The Holy Ghost, and know in my heart what is true. It gives me the strength I need so I will not give up. I know that God lives and loves us, his son died for us so we may live again and through him we may be reunited to our Father and our families. I hope by following Jesus's example I can be a better Wife to my husband, Mother to my children,and a better neighbor wherever I go. I know Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God, I am grateful for the sacrifices he made in life. I know the Book of Mormon to be true along with the Bible, as far as it is translated correctly. The Temple of the Lord is a blessing to our families and nations. All these things brings me closer to Christ and I am blessed with a knowledge that will prepare me and my family with the strength needed to withstand the temptations of the devil while we live and work in this wonderful yet imperfect world. I may be perfect in him, by following and trusting our Lord, Jesus Christ. I feel his love. I wish everyone to have have the same opportunity to know him too. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I go to church on Sundays. I lead the music for our activities. We sing any hymn that helps to reinforce the lesson of the day! I could not last a day without good music! Hymns are special in that they are looked upon as prayers and come with blessings as an answer. Music helps me to feel a good spirit. I also help to teach when needed as teachers may be sick or on vacation. We are all volunteers, no money for our service. We get blessings and learn new skills while we serve each other. I also take the time to work on sign language to help those students in our district who cannot talk clearly or at all. Helping children communicate better and gain more freedom to be independent adults. It is so exciting to see this progress and the glow in their eyes of sweet success. Someday I hope to surprise one of my deaf friends. We help those in our community who have illness, or any big event happen their lives, by visiting them and finding out what their needs are and just go to work and get others involved. It is so much fun and a comfort to know that anyone cares. Prayers and fasting in their behalf is often done. I myself have witnessed this when my family went through a crisis. Good to know I am not alone in this world. Sometimes I have the joy of teaching children in our community about the Swedish Heritage. They are taught how to sing and dance and how to speak a little. The light in their eyes and non stop questions says it all! When I take the time to serve those around me, big or small, I am serving God. It feels good to know I am needed and appreciated. While I serve I don't have time to feel sad....just glad.

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

If you know a member please just ask them honestly straight out, keep in mind that it is best to talk to someone who is actually practicing their faith successfully. I have had many family members who are not members of this church listen to those who hate me and don't know me at all. No one likes to be misunderstood, it hurts. If only they had come to me first. It makes it hard to respect someone who has contempt for you. Just the same I forgive those who spread rumors about me and I put my faith where it matters. God knows what is in my heart and he knows who I am even better than me. I can let go off anything bad and be happy in any circumstance, I have faith in that. You may also look up local wards in the phone book under The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. There is listed local numbers in you area and meeting addresses. But try the internet at lds.org also or mormon.org and find contact info. Thank you for your questions and God bless you for your efforts to find answers to whatever questions you have. Never give up. Show more Show less