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Hi I'm Traci

I'm my 3 sons' biggest cheerleader, a slightly nagging wife, a non-stuffy banker, a sub-par housekeeper & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in southeastern Idaho and migrated south to Arizona to get out of the cold weather. I am a married mother of 3 awesome boys, who are growing up way too fast. I love watching my guys "do their thing" on the electric guitar, the lacrosse field, the baseball diamond & even the XBox. Our home is crazy, silly, loud & sometimes smelly, but it's a safe, loving haven for our family. I worry often about the pressures and temptations that my boys and all kids face today. Still, I know that my husband and I are not raising our boys alone. We have the help of a loving Heavenly Father who knows us and our sons and loves us all.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Mormon faith and I learned very young that I am a child of God. This has been such a critical foundation for who I am. I am a daughter of God. As such, I should never degrade myself or act in a way that is befitting of anything less. I know that even as I sometimes stumble in life, God is still there for me. The knowledge that I am never alone and that in times of joy or sorrow I can pour my heart out unto my Heavenly Father and know that he hears me, he knows me and he loves me is a great source of strength to me. As a daughter of God, I have come to know the importance of family, both heavenly and earthly. I grew up with 2 brothers and 2 sisters. While we occasionally quarreled, like most families do, we grew up very close with one another. Our parents and grandparents showed us that family is a gift and a blessing that cannot be replaced. Such love and closeness has carried into our adult lives and into our individual families. With 21 kids between the 5 of us, we are passing that legacy of love on to our children. Our church teaches that families can be together forever. We strive to live in a way that will make us worthy of that blessing. I have a great love for Jesus Christ. I know he was sent to earth by our Heavenly Father to show us the way we should live and provide a way for us to be absolved of our sins through his atoning sacrifice. Through this great act of love, he made it possible for me to return to return to live with God, after my life is over.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to have a spirit of charity, which is the pure love of Christ. I pray often to recognize and be mindful of the needs of others and try to see them as my Heavenly Father sees them. I work to raise my family with faith in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. As a family, we attend Sunday meetings to be edified and buoyed up against the harshness of the world. My husband and I encourage our boys’ involvement in the Church youth organization and strive to teach gospel principles in our home. I have served in children’s group (primary) for many years helping to teach the kids that they are children of God and that he loves them. What a great blessing it was to serve among those whom God holds so revered. I am now serving in the Adult Women’s group (Relief Society) and I strive to reinforce to the women that they are still children of God and that he loves them and is there for them. I am astounded by the faith and fortitude of these women who face the challenges of life and motherhood with such strength and devotion. It is such a blessing to have such wonderful examples in my life.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

We believe that Families can live together forever. We believe that Jesus Christ gave power to his disciples to seal families forever when He said, “And it will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 16:19). This beautiful ordinance, performed within the temple, binds a family together eternally, so long as we live worthily and keep the promises we make. Show more Show less