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Hi I'm Abby!

I was born and raised in Australia. I have 5 awesome little children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm technically a primary school teacher whose life has been overtaken by 5 awesome, tiny clones of my husband with epic personalities, who are bursting with energy between the hours of 5am and 7pm daily. I spend my days doing puzzles, building Legos, baking, playing dress ups, visiting all of the playgrounds, swimming, and loving life! Oh - and folding washing. Tiny people create tons of washing!!! Every now and then I have a 'day off', dress up in my grown up clothes and do a day of relief teaching work at a local school. I love the school community and have so much fun with the students! We have a lot of family around here - some are Mormons and some aren't. We all get together a LOT! My husband is a high school teacher, a basketball coach and the bishop at church, so he keeps busy, and lots of our date nights begin or end with me checking out his mad coaching skills at one of his teams' games (the maddest ;) ). Last year we bought our first home, and I don't know if I'll ever get over the thrill of being able to bang holes in walls and paint the ceilings if the desire seizes me! (It hasn't yet, but you never know ;) ) Hanging out with insanely cute, tiny people all day honestly makes my life better than I could have dreamed. There's a ton of love in our home, and we feel crazy blessed to be a family, especially when 'Daddy!!' comes home! :)

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a Mormon and I'm pretty set on dying one too. At one point when I was younger I worried because every other church seemed to think they were the only true church as well - so I wondered if we were all just fooling ourselves. My young mind was eased by realising that following the standards and guidelines we are encouraged to follow as we strive to become like our Saviour was the way I wanted to live, regardless. I looked at our wonderful, kind prophet, my parents, and so many other people who were living the gospel, and wanted to be like them. I learnt at an early age that when I did what was right, I felt happy. As I grew up I began to recognise more clearly the feelings of the Holy Ghost and gain a deeper testimony of the truth of the gospel. I was blessed to grow up in a family where we were taught love, respect, work, and every other aspect of gospel living by example. My first big testimony was of prayer, and it came at such an early age I feel like I've always had it. I knew as I prayed that my loving Heavenly Father was listening. I could feel it, and I had experiences which were direct answers to prayer, and felt the love and comfort of the Holy Ghost confirming it. I read and learnt about the prophet Joseph Smith, and gained a strong testimony of him as a prophet of God, and the work that he did. I feel God's love in sacred songs, I feel it in the Book of Mormon as well as in other scripture. I feel it in the people around me. I see it mirrored in the feelings of my parents for us, and the feelings we have for our children. I know that our Saviour lives and loves us. All that the Saviour has done and does for us is hard for me to comprehend, but I know that He made it possible for all of us as God's children to live with God again. I know that families can be together forever. Living this gospel and knowing it is true makes people happier than anything else ever could. I know this, and I say it in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

A lot of the things we do in our home focus on our faith. We spend as much time together as a family as we can, so that we can build the kind of relationships which will last for eternity. We are working to instil in our children the things that we value through our faith, such as honesty, hard work and trust in the Lord. At church I am the ward music chairperson. This means I choose the hymns to sing and organise any musical items or special music programs in our ward (congregation). I love this calling - learning the wonderful talents of people in our ward and inviting them to share them. I love the beautiful spirit that music can bring into our meetings. I am naturally kind of shy about getting out into the community, but as members of the Latter-Day Saint Church we are encouraged to look for opportunities to serve others, so that's something I'm trying to do more of. I'm looking forward to our children being school-aged and being able to help out at their schools, and keep my ears out for times when volunteers are needed for things. This might be a little easier when my babies are a bit older as well :) Each month my Mum and I visit about 4 women who live in our area. We are called as 'Visiting Teachers', and we love visiting with them, learning about them and sharing messages from the scriptures and prophets to help them. We love the sisters we visit and feel so blessed to have had the opportunity to get to know them better.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

Yes. They are the 'other sheep' the Saviour spoke of to his disciples in Jerusalem. He blessed them by teaching them the gospel, giving them the authority to baptise, blessing their children and organising disciples to lead the church in the Americas. The Lord wants to bless everyone. There is no people on earth He does not love or remember. He is the Saviour of the world. Show more Show less