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Hi I'm Helen

I'm a wife and a mother. I'm a writer and a volunteer. I'm a repenting sinner and a disciple of Christ. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and a mother of 3 adult children who are still very much at the center of my life. I'm a breast cancer survivor and a fibromyalgia fighter. I'm a cross-stitcher and a charity crafter. I have a deep love for my country and the inspired principles on which it was founded. I'm slowly (very slowly) working on a novel, and I hope to someday publish my book. Two of my fondest dreams are to help my kids get through college, and then to finish my own undergraduate degree.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up attending The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, and I will always be grateful for its teachings, which protected me from many unfortunate choices I might otherwise have made during my formative years. Nevertheless, my family life was far from easy. When I finally obtained my liberty after graduating from high school, I was desperate to know if God truly existed, if He loved me, and if He had a plan for my life. But more than anything, I wanted to LOVE MYSELF (because I didn't, not by a long-shot). I moved to the east coast where I zealously devoted my free time to the study of the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Jesus Christ--as well as the New Testament, and other scripture. As I read the Book of Mormon its truths began to distill upon my soul; I discovered (among other things) that in order to be forgiven of my sins, I needed to forgive--even those who had wounded me almost beyond repair. It was an arduous journey which consisted of passionate and honest prayer, fasting, many tears, long hours of scripture study, and writing letter after letter to some of the people I was having a hard time loving. Little by little burdens began to lift from my spirit as God helped me to let go of the animosity I felt toward others. However, it wasn't until I begged God to reach inside my soul and take away the hatred I continued to feel for my abusers (which He miraculously did!) that I was rewarded with the all-consuming spiritual knowledge that God loved and valued me. During this process, the Holy Spirit witnessed to me, beyond refute, that the Book of Mormon was, indeed, the word of God. The BOM has been a beacon of light to me ever since--along with the Bible (especially the New Testament), the Doctrine and Covenants, and the Pearl of Great Price--ALL of which have helped me to strengthen my relationship with God and his Son, Jesus Christ--my beloved Savior from sorrow and sin.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by waking up every morning with a desire to become the person Christ wants me to be (which is a difficult goal because I have some significant weaknesses), to do better than I did the day before (especially if I really blew it), and to follow God's commandments (no matter how much my human nature keeps getting in the way). I know that in following God's commandments I am paving the way for blessings, peace, and spiritual joy--for myself, my family, the people I serve, and my country (which depends on the goodness of all its inhabitants for blessings). In fact there are plenty of things I've chosen NOT to do simply because I knew that, in making the wrong choice, I would be depriving myself (and possibly others) of much needed blessings. When I fall, I rely on my Savior to help me start over (and, oh, how MUCH I rely on Him!). Submitting my will to God is sometimes very difficult, but the more I do it, the more I come to realize doing His will always leads to happiness, as well as a deeper connection with HIM--and with my SAVIOR. They are my Goal, my Oasis in the desert, my Light at the end of the tunnel, my Hope, my Reason for living and loving and serving my fellow man in the face of daily adversity. They are my beloved Father and Brother--Divine members of my eternal family--and I pray I will someday be worthy of returning "home" to live with them forever.