Hi I'm Cori
I enjoy blogging and photography. Nothing professional, just for fun. I am a wife and mother. I have been married for 9 years to a southern boy who I met online, who really knows how to BBQ. I have two rambunctious boys ages 4 and 6. I have an angel daughter who was stillborn at 37 weeks in 2009. We enjoy camping, swimming and spending time together as a family. I am new to being a "school-mom", so organization and scheduling is a new found necessity I have been learning about.
Why I am a Mormon
I was raised in a home where my mother took us to church faithfully every week. My father was not a member of our faith, but never discourged my mom from taking my brother and I. My parents divorced when I was 9. We continued to attend church, and have sweet memories of a great friends and family that helped uplift and encourage us. My brother and I both served full time missions at the same time while my mother served as the Relief Society President ( the women's organization of the church), which kept her busy while her children were away. I am a Mormon because I want my children to be raised the way that I was. They attend Primary and come home singing, and tell us about the gospel principles they are learning. After losing our daughter we relied on God to find peace. Our children knew about the Plan of Salvation, and knew they would see thier sister again. She was with Heavenly Father, and that He was taking care of her now. This life changing event would be hard to go through if it werent for the blessings of being married in the temple. My husband and I were sealed together, and our children will be ours forever. As time has passed, we have found that this tragedy has turned into a blessing in our lives. We now have a daughter who is watching from above, cheering us on waiting for the time we will be an eternal family, and live together. Many have asked "Why?", we choose to ask " Why not?'. We can do hard things. We still are grieving the loss of our daughter, but we are faithful and look to God for peace.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
I chose to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. We did many things in the 18 months that I was serving. We would find those who might be interested in learning more about our church by finding them on the street, door to door and from members that knew of those who might be searching. I hold my mission memories and the things that I learned there dear to my heart. I had many companions from different backgrounds, two from Mongolia. I found out what my testimony was and shared it with others. I was able to put the worldly things away for 18 months, and focus on serving the Lord.
How I live my faith
I try to be a good example to those around me. I teach my children to be kind although sometimes it is hard to be kind to their brother. I serve in the womens organization of the church, and get to see the service that goes on among them. I am humbled by the willingness to help eachother. It makes me want to be a better person. Everyone needs someone looking out for them, and I love that our church focuses on serving eachother. Our family was the recepient of much service after our daughter died. We had meals brought in, toilets cleaned, and carpets vacuumed. I will always remember the feeling of overwhelming love that was given to us. It makes me want to help others. I am a friendly person, who likes meeting new people that move into our community, and teach my children to include everyone while playing, and to meet a new friend at school. Life has it's challenges, but the church keeps our family headed in the right direction, and reminds me of what is really important, and that is family.