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Hi I'm Helena

I've spent my life in the Arizona heat, but I love the snow. I jump when I'm scared, snort when I laugh, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I teach when I can, with reading as my passion. Right now I'm busy with a 2 year old at home, but work with my other 2 daughters as a non-paid teacher. I aspire to make a difference in public school education someday, even if it is just one student at a time! I enjoy playing softball when the season is right, reading (historical fiction, especially!), and getting together with friends. I love going to live baseball games because it is one of the only places that I can truly relax. I look forward to the day when I have a work space to document our family history through pictures and stories, but right now I'm busy creating those memories and cleaning up the messes associated to them. I enjoy sewing, both by hand and machine, and am thrilled that my daughters have come to love it as well. They both know how to knit, but I crochet. I love to travel, but I married a homebody. Fortunately, he doesn't mind when I take off without him. So far, my favorite place to visit is New York City! Until recently, I had been to more Yankee games than Diamondback games. I like to watch sitcom reruns, CSI, Criminal Minds, and lame movies late at night. I like to laugh until I cry.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church when I was almost 18 years old because it felt like home. I did not have a strong testimony of all the specifics (like Joseph Smith being a prophet of God, tithing, or modern day revelation), I just knew that it was true. I believe that this simple faith is what has gotten me through a lot of tough times in life and challenging times spiritually. I did not start going to church on a regualr basis (weekly), until I was pregnant with my daughter. I knew that I wanted her raised in the Church so she could have a strong foundation that she is a child of God. My testimony grew and grew as I continued to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through study, service and friendships I gained the desire to attend the temple. It was about this time that my husband was baptized. About a year later, we went to the temple together and were sealed to our 3 year old daughter for time and all eternity. I have a strong testimony of the temple, prayer, service and the scriptures. I believe that the Lord speaks to each of us individually and sometimes in a way that only we understand. He does this because He loves us, knows us personally, and knows how to challenge us in a way that will make us grow. Although this is sometimes the hardest part of understanding our mission here on earth, it is also the most rewarding way to increase our knowledge as our faith is tested. Why am I am Mormon? Because I like to learn and grow, even when it's hard. He never said it would be easy, only worth it, and so far I think it is! I think most of my friends will tell you that I like a good challenge. There is a peace and comfort in the gospel that I have never found completely anywhere else.

How I live my faith

I typcially pray and read my scriptures daily. I listen for promptings to help me serve my family and others. I try to apply the lessons and stories in the scriptures to my personal life. I try to be kind to others. I know that my actions affect the peole around me and I want to live in a way that makes people comfortable. I try to do what Christ would do. I work with the parents and teachers at my children's schools. I support activities in my neighborhood and at my church. I try to be a responsible citizen, neighbor and human being. One of my favorite things to do is to honor the veterans that I know. We enjoy attending a local parade and then go to see as many veterans as we can that afternoon. Often times we have a small token of appreciation that we have made to give them. I have been priviledged to work with the young women in our church for many years. I also taught 6-7 years olds with my husband. I have served in the women's organization in our church by visiting our members, organizing groups and monthly meetings, helping with the sick and needy, and by being a friend. I truly love the women I come to know as sisters, as they are the only sisters I have.