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Hi I'm Vicki

Live in Washington State, taught high school, married a keeper, 3 kids, 2 grandkids; am a counselor; convert LDS at 22, love it!

About Me

As a convert to the church of 40 years, I've been a wife for 35 years, Mom, public school teacher, and family counselor. We've had to work on our marriage, especially as young converts. We try to do what the Lord asks of us through prayer-we're not perfect, but trying to live the Gospel has been the glue that's held our family together-and the marriage just gets better. We have managed to develop hope and assurity through prayer and our growing faith in our dear Savior Jesus Christ and His Father. This has helped us endure many, many, trials, including financial, wayward young adults, and health. Our three kids are all married and we have two awesome grandsons. Very excited! Some things I like to do is read, dance (modern and ballroom), do yoga, play conga drums, hike, ride motorcycles, watch movies, take bubble baths, be with babies, garden, have a dog, go places with my husband, and cook healthy meals. I love people, the scriptures, lunch with my friends, hummus dip, veggie pizza with artichokes and asparagus, go for walks, travel, help others, sing in the choir, and now I'm learning to keep the house in better repair. I am deeply grateful for the amazing example of Jesus Christ, the only head of our Church, to help my family and I attain our highest eternal aspirations.

Why I am a Mormon

During college, I attended many different churches. My Dad, convert to the LDS church at age 50, told me about his beliefs, but I continued in my search-'what do parents know?' was my thought. Later, Dad sent some LDS young adults to meet me-I felt their love and gentle kindness for me, though they didn't know me. This was quite different from my regular friends at school. In learning about the church, I had many, many questions. Each one the missionaries answered made incredible sense to me. I felt God's presence, as I re-read the Old and New Testaments and now, Book of Mormon, which is cross-referenced to the Testaments. I wasn't used to the idea of anyone translating "another witness" of Christ. At first I understood intellectually, but as I felt the Lord's Spirit in praying and reading the Book of Mormon, I felt and still feel in my heart and my mind that the book is true. This was only after I sincerely read it and re-reading it, and prayed continually as to its truth. Right after I was baptized, the Lord witnessed to me, very dramatically, that becoming a member of the LDS Church, was right. I continue to learn everyday through the scriptures, church, and prayer, the impact of the Atonement of Jesus Christ in my life. I continue to be more and more deeply grateful for it- I understand it better as time goes on. I had problems forgiving one parent for scarring me emotionally. I know, with no doubt, that the Lord has provided that help I've needed, bit by bit, over time. He has provided a way for me to slowly make changes and learn new things, which has helped my emotional, spiritual, and physical well-being after a period of lack of forgiveness and poor health. We all must suffer in some way. With close family relationships, with the hope of that continuing forever, and the beauty of this planned life on Earth, I clearly see and feel that we all have a glorious purpose.

How I live my faith

The most meaningful times have been as we've taken our children or grandchildren with us to bring food to neighbors, visit shut-ins, helping the kids' teachers, or Christmas caroling in the community. As appropriate, most of us serve in the church, since we are a lay-ministry. Among my church responsibilities, I volunteered as a part-time missionary, a media specialist, a teacher trainer for Sunday School, a leader and teacher in the children's organization, nursery leader, baptismal clothing coordinator, music chairperson and chorister for our congregational meetings, scout den leader, and compassionate service leader. Most of us are organized to visit other women to assure their needs are being met and to love and care for them. As I did these services, I felt I was serving the Lord which is very much spiritually satisfying. As I have endured health challenges, the Lord has been mindful of my needs. I have grown close to church members in our "ward" (or congregation), as we work, play, watch over one another, and study together-this has felt like a supportive and loving family-which we all need, forever.