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Hi I'm Lena

I grew up in Idaho. I am the mother of four. I am an avid runner. I love to read. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a very small town in Idaho. I survived High School by being heavily involved in extra curricular activities. I played volleyball and basketball, and ran track, I was part of most of the clubs in our school, and participated in different choirs; I was also very active in our church. My mother was truly amazing as she orchestrated our busy family life and kept us all fed, our uniforms all clean, and everybody to their different activities at the appropriate time--did I mention I come from a family of 5 children. My dad was a teacher and a volleyball and track coach, and since most of the year was during his "on-season", he was either at work, games or meets or practices, or at church meetings. I attended Ricks College on a track and academic scholarship. I met my future husband just as I was beginning my sophomore year of college, and we were married the following year. Now, 11 years later, we are still happily married and about to welcome our 5th child into the world. Parenthood has been a joy and a trial. Our oldest has struggled with learning disabilities, and this year we have finally pulled him out of school to give him the one on one help that he needs, and because his younger sister adores him, she has chosen to stay home and do homeschool as well. It is a crazy adventure--one that often isn't as rosy as I had imagined--but I feel strongly that Heavenly Father wants and expects me to do all I can to help my children reach their fullest potential.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because the doctrines taught in our church bring me hope and peace and happiness. I know that I am a daughter of God, that He lives and loves me and that He knows me--even better than I know myself. I also know that my Heavenly Father wants and plans for me to be happy, and that through His Son, Jesus Christ, He has provided a way for me to find the strength and courage to face life's challenges as well as a way for me to repent and change and become a better person. The knowledge that I have an omnipotent Father in Heaven, AND an omnipotent brother, Jesus Christ, who both believe in me and who have the power to help me, and the grace to make up for my mistakes and shortcomings, as well as the hurt caused by the mistakes of others, brings me peace and happiness. And the knowledge that my family can be together forever makes all the work and "drudgery" of my day more joyful. I spend my minutes, my hours, and my days serving my family not because I have to so that they will grow up and move out. I do it because I am helping my family become the absolute best version of themselves. I am helping each child become more able to serve those around them, more like our Savior, more like our Heavenly Father. I have found answers to my prayers in the scriptures, both the Book of Mormon, and the Bible. I find answers to my prayers in the words and counsel of our living prophet, President Monson, and in the words of our apostles and other leaders. I find answers to my prayers as I kneel in prayer with my Heavenly Father.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be a better person each day. I try to teach my family about God and our Savior--of their love for each of them, that their prayers are heard by them, and that they can trust in them. I serve in our church--I have done everything from teaching the youngest children, teaching our youth and organizing activities for them, and also teaching and serving in the Relief Society (our organization for all Women in the church). Several years ago I was in a busy grocery store with my then three young children. The oldest was being rowdy, and the youngest two were crying, and I was trying to get the fruits and vegetables out of my cart and onto the conveyor belt as fast as I could--which wasn't nearly fast enough. An older woman suddenly appeared next to me and began to help me empty my basket as she spoke kindly to the kids. It was a very small act of kindness, nothing extraordinary,

Who was Joseph Smith?

Joseph Smith was a man without formal education, a man with faults (like all of us), a man without prominence in society, and a man with a calling from God to restore the Gospel of Jesus Christ here on the earth, just as it existed when Christ himself was on the earth. He translated the Book of Mormon, organized the church, and taught divine truths as He fulfilled his role as prophet and seer. He dedicated his life to the will of God, and sought to do his will, even when it brought persecution and eventually death. He sealed his testimony with his blood. Joseph Smith was a prophet of God. Show more Show less