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Hi I'm Traci

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a working mom and recently became an empty-nester. I stayed home full-time with our children when they were small, and then traded places with my husband, who stayed home with our children until they were all grown. Now our two daughters are in college and our son working in a job that suits him. I have had many opportunities to work with other women who did not have the opportunity to stay at home with their children, and some who chose to work to avoid staying home with their children. I am so grateful for the time I had at home with my children and the opportunity it gave to me to build a strong bond with them. Each of them have blessed my life, and I am glad I was the one who was there with them as they built a foundation of faith and self-esteem in their pre-school years. I love my job and the opportunities it has given me to learn and grow. However, the thing I look forward to most in life is to someday be a grandmother. My own grandmother is so precious to me, and I hope someday to be able to be the same kind of influence for my own grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

Jesus once asked his disciples "Will ye also go away?", but Peter answered, "Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." St. John 6:66-69 I have looked for answers outside of the scriptures and outside of the church, but I have found that the truths of Christ's gospel that were taught to me in my youth are true. I know the Book of Mormon to be true and that it testifies of the divinity of Jesus Christ. Because the Book of Mormon is true, I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that he restored the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, including the power and authority of the holy priesthood to the earth. My life has been blessed by the covenants and ordinances of the priesthood that are available nowhere else. My family is most precious to me, and only through the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints can I receive the promise of an eternal family and ongoing relationships with my loved ones beyond the grave.

How I live my faith

I am grateful for all the opportunities the Church has given me to serve others. I have had opportunities to lead and teach small children, groups of women, and even smaller and larger choirs. Singing with other members of the church has strengthened my relationship with God, my heavenly Father, because of the way music softens my heart. I have learned that it is worth the effort to stand up for keeping the Sabbath day holy. When I set aside my work life and other responsibilities one day every week and focus on those things that are truly most important to me: my relationship with God and my family, it restores balance, hope, peace, and a long-term perspective. I am better able to serve during the rest of the week when I keep the Sabbath. I also love to go the the temple and feel the peace there. When I serve in the temple, I know that both my family here with me now, and other families who have passed beyond the veil of death are blessed. There is nothing more important that I can do than help other families to receive the blessings of the gospel and the opportunity to be together for eternity if they so choose to accept the work I do in the temple on their behalf. I am so grateful that God has provided a way for anyone to receive the blessings that I have, even if they did not have His church available to them when they lived on the earth.