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Hi I'm Holly

I joined the church when I was 19 years old. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I recently moved to Central Washington after living in the Seattle area for 11+ years. My wonderful husband and high school sweetheart, have been married for 16 years and have 5 beautiful kids. I am a stay at home mom and enjoy volunteering in my kiddos' school and watching them play soccer.

Why I am a Mormon

My family moved a lot while I was young. My parents divorced when I was 9 years old and my mom, sister, brother and I moved to Missouri to live with my grandparents. When I was 14, my mom was diagnosed with leukemia and past away when I was 16. It was heartbreaking. I never thought she would die. She was a fighter who loved life and loved her children. My siblings and I, then had to move up to Washington state to live with my dad, who we hadn't seen in two years. Our relationship was rocky to say the least. But it was there that I met my future husband. We started dating off and on. He was a Mormon. I was not, but he didn't push me to learn more, only showed me by example, knowing that my dad would have never let me go to church. Knowing that my boyfriend was a member, my dad filled my head with untrue ideas about the lds church. My life took another turn for the worst when my 9 year old brother died 10 days after I turned 18. It was devestating. Shortly after I graduated high school, I moved out. My future hubby went off to college and I worked full time. He often would send me flowers through a woman he knew from church. She would drop them off at my apartment and over time, I got to know her pretty well. One day, this lady called me and said that she couldn't make it over for a couple of hours so I offered to meet her at her house. While I was there, the missionaries came by (they lived next door) and asked me if I was interested in taking the discussions. I knew the church was important to future hubby and thought I would try and support him by learning more about it from people who knew what the facts were. After taking the first discussion, I knew that what the missionaries taught me was true. I loved learning about the Plan of Salvation and how families can be together forever! I learned that I WILL see my mom and brother again! The Gospel of Jesus Christ is true and I am thankful every single day that I joined the church.

How I live my faith

Having the gospel in my life has taught me that I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father who loves me very much. I try daily to instill that to my children at home and to the children I teach at church. Because of my love for my children, I try and volunteer as much as I can in their school and even coached my youngest son's soccer team last Spring! Since my family is fairly new to this community, I have really enjoyed being a visiting teacher and getting to know the ladies in my new ward better, as well as my own visiting teachers when they come to see me. It has made our move so much easier! Maybe because I am a convert, I feel like it's so important to be a good example to others and I try to do that in my daily life. Being a member of the church has helped me grow as a person, to be more willing to serve others and given my life here on earth more direction. I know that I was a good person before I joined the church but by living the gospel everyday, I know that I am a Child of God and I have more self worth.