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Hi I'm Zabel

I grew up in Southern California. I like sports in general. I have 5 children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom of 5 children, 3 girls and 2 boys. I had a profession once as an Elementary Music Teacher. I miss those days but I wouldn't miss the chance of being a mother, no matter how great the challenge! When I'm not being a mom, I like to play sports, read books, cross-stitch, create things, have alone time, play music, talk with my funny husband and hang out with friends. Someday I hope to fulfill dreams of travel abroad that were only partially accomplished before getting married...and I'll even let my husband accompany me. ;) For now, I'm focusing on my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon. I couldn't have asked for a better code of conduct to get me through the grade school years than the LDS religion. During that time, I came to know Jesus Christ as my Savior. I found further opportunity to actually think about my conversion to the LDS faith when I served a mission to Rome, Italy. While a missionary, I had opportunity to reflect upon my baptism at age 8 which was accompanied by a burning in my bosom when I received the gift of the Holy Ghost and was confirmed a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I encourage everyone to read the Book of Mormon. Pray about whether it is the word of God. Cross reference it with the Bible. Those books of scripture helped me to know that Jesus is our Redeemer, that he died so we can someday live again, and that he atoned for our sins so we can be made clean if we will repent. Knowing this makes life here on earth so much more meaningful.

How I live my faith

I go to church every Sunday with my family, to renew my covenants with God and to learn his word. I try to visit our temple on a monthly basis. I minister to the young women of my church during the week and on Sundays. I read my scriptures, pray and teach my children about our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and our purpose on earth. I pay tithes and offerings and I fast when possible. I have seen miracles, great and small, and I know that God knows us each individually and that he cares for us greatly. Ultimately, I want to be a disciple of Christ and although at times I fall short, I know where to turn when the going gets tough. It's my faith in God and Jesus Christ that buoys me up and helps me move forward in my commitments. Christ said it best: "Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matthew 11:29) Discipleship may not be easy, but it's definitely worth it.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

One of the most meaningful ways I know there is a God is from prayer to him. On countless occasions I have offered very sincere prayers, and he has very specifically answered my prayers. I can remember being very sad as an adolescent girl and turning to God at this time of loneliness. I poured out my heart to him and he sent the most beautiful and reassuring feelings to my heart. It's times like these when I know that I have a Father in Heaven who is aware of me and who loves me. Another time in high school, I had a track meet after school and even though I was using my time well, it didn't exempt me from a chemistry test the next day. As I ate a late dinner that evening, I decided to read some scriptures before actually reading my chemistry chapter(s). I found I couldn't keep my eyes open on the science. I decided to go to bed but I prayed fervently that Heavenly Father would bless me to know the answers on the test because I had tried to put him first by reading his word. Might I add, science and I don't mesh well. About a week later our teacher was handing back those very tests. He made a habit of first announcing the top scorers on the test. My jaw almost hit the floor when he called my name as a top grade on that test. It was the one and only time I achieved such a high honor. I knew God had helped me answer correctly because when testing, I'd felt clueless about what answers were right. I learned that when we put our Father in Heaven first, he helps us succeed. Show more Show less