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Hi I'm Vicki

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Taking on the role of a working mother was a tough choice for me but it helped us avoid taking the advice of accountants who saw bankruptcy as the only way out of our financial misfortunes. I am a high school English teacher but my first and most important job is being a mother and wife. I completed my bachelor degree over a ten-year span, taking classes when I could as a young mom. There were many times when I would stay up for the better part of the night to complete my school work so it would not interfere with the daily routine of our busy family. It was also the only time the house was quiet! My husband was my constant support and he was good to pitch in when needed. The hard work paid off. I obtained my teaching credential and began teaching full-time shortly after all of our children were of school age. I was able to teach at the same school that my children attended so I was actually with them more than before I began working out of the home! I feel that, because our family always tried to put the Lord first, we were blessed. I was able to work in a profession and in a location that allowed me to spend more time with my children. The additional income helped us slowly climb out from under a mountain of debt. I feel rich, not because of any material blessings, but because I had the privilege of raising five fun and wonderful children. Our family loves spending time together. You can't get any richer than that!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was nineteen years old, I began to question my parents' membership in the church. Knowing that my parents had testimonies of the gospel was not enough for me. I wanted to know for myself. At first, I thought living a life contrary to the beliefs of my parents would prove them wrong and give me the answers I was seeking. It didn't take long for me to realize that I was more unhappy and uncertain about my purpose in life when I tried to ignore everything I had been taught as a child. One of those childhood lessons kept coming back to me: to gain a testimony, you must read the Book of Mormon. I decided to put the Book of Mormon to the test. I began and ended each day by reading a chapter. Little by little, my skepticism began to fade away. I became engrossed in the stories and the gospel principles. There were many times when I could feel the warmth of the Holy Ghost as the truth of the Book of Mormon was confirmed to me. One particular morning, while reading Helaman 5:12, I felt an overwhelming sense of gratitude as I knew that Christ is the Savior and that His teachings are found in the pages of the Book of Mormon. I could no longer deny what I always knew: the Book of Mormon contains the truth of Christ. It has been many years since that day. I still gain reassurance from the words of Helaman who admonished his sons to "remember that it is upon the rock of our Redeemer, who is Christ, the Son of God, that ye must build your foundation." I am a Mormon because I believe the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and I am building the foundation of my life upon Him.

How I live my faith

Every day, I give thanks for the beautiful rural setting in which I live. I love to hike and take walks where I can marvel at the great masterpiece of this world created by the Lord. Living in a rural community also gives me ample opportunities to do service. I enjoy working with teens and I am passionate about encouraging them to make choices that will keep them free from the debilitating effects of substance abuse. I have organized community forums, talked with parents, and have influenced school policies, all in an effort to have adolescents experience a life that is truly free, a life that can by enjoyed to the fullest without addictions. Of the many responsibilities that I have had in the church, my favorites are those that give me a chance to work with youth. I like to persuade them in the manner of Paul's teachings that we should seek after those things that are virtuous, lovely, or of good report. With so much natural beauty to be enjoyed on this earth, we shouldn't waste a day under the influence.