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Hi I'm Farrah

I grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii. I'm a full-time mom of 3 kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a dysfunctional family without any particular religion in my life. I had a lot of personal struggles that I felt I could not share with anyone. I often felt very alone in dealing with my challenges. At around the age of 11, I learned what the word "agnostic" meant and decided that was what I was. Just a couple of years later, I was introduced to Mormon missionaries and decided to be baptized and become a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was the best decision I have ever made. Since then, I attended and graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I also served a Spanish-speaking mission in Utah. I worked as a Recreational Therapist for several years with at-risk teenagers before getting married and having 3 children (so far!) I love my husband and my kids! We have a wonderful, close family--the kind of family I always wanted while I was growing up. We love to go camping, hiking, backpacking, rock-climbing, cross-country skiing, kayaking, ice-climbing, and anything else in the outdoors. My favorite thing is to spend time together as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child, I had little or no understanding of who I really was. I did not know anything about who God was. I did not know what purpose my life had. As I mentioned earlier, my family life was very difficult. I did not feel safety or security in my own home. I couldn't share my deepest thoughts and feelings with anyone, especially my own family. I struggled a lot internally, but tried to put on a facade for the world, wanting others to think that everything was ok. My father was much of the source of our family's problems. I had a very distant, hurtful, distrustful relationship with him. At the age of 13, when I was first baptized as a member and became a Mormon, my life did not change immediately. But little by little, as I attended church on Sunday and midweek activities, I began to learn the truth about my true identity, my relationship with God, and what my purpose in life was. It was as if a flood of light began to illuminate and fill my soul. I had never felt such a powerful feeling of warmth and goodness in my life, and I soon realized that it was God telling me that what I was learning about myself and Him was really the truth. I knew without a doubt that I was a daughter of God, that He was my Heavenly Father, and that I had a unique and important purpose in this life to fulfill. That is the very basis of my life now. Even when things get tough, as they sometimes do, I rely on that knowledge to get me through. My Heavenly Father has healed the wounded parts of my soul from my childhood emotional injuries. He has helped me forgive and move forward with my life. He has helped me create the kind of family I could only dream about in my youth. He is with me always, and I feel a constant and deep affirmation that I am His daughter, that He loves me, and that I am moving in the right direction in my life. I feel that I am in the process of completing the purpose of my life. I have a Father who listens to my deepest thoughts and feelings. I am no longer alone!

How I live my faith

The first place I live my faith is in my own home. I try to create a safe haven for my family in our home, where all of us can feel safe and secure. I want the influence of God to be there as much as possible, and for my kids to feel loved and accepted. I want them to love to be at home. I welcome others to our home and try to make them feel loved too. In my neighborhood, I make regular visits to my neighbors, especially if I know they're struggling with a challenge. My kids and I take treats, notes, and meals to them, or sometimes I watch a neighbor's children if she needs a break or a nap. One of the neatest things about being a Mormon is being assigned specific people to visit on a monthly basis at least. This is called home teaching or visiting teaching. I have made some of my best friends this way, people that I might not otherwise have gotten to know. I love visiting my neighbors in their home, sharing a short spiritual message, talking about life, and seeing where I can help out. I feel like I am doing the work of the Lord when I watch over the neighbors that I am assigned to visit, and in doing so, I begin to really love them and form true friendships. In church on Sunday, my assignment right now is to teach a class of children, ages 6 and 7, about basic principles of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I love doing this because I know how important it is to help these children know who they really are, who their Heavenly Father is, and what He wants for their lives so that they can be truly happy. I feel entrusted with such an important task and I want to do the best I can. Fortunately, Heavenly Father gives me a lot of help because these are really His children and He wants them to learn His gospel. When I was child, I was not a member of the Church, so I did not have the benefit of going to these classes. I'm overjoyed that my children are now attending these classes every Sunday to learn about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ at a young age.