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Hi I'm Paula

I'm a wife, and a mother of 5. I love spending time with my family. I love traditions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay at home mom. I have 5 young children, 2 boys, and 3 girls. I love spending time with my family, and we have a very busy schedules, and kids. I am amazed how different my children (who come from the same parents, and are raised the same way) can be. They certainly keep me on my toes. My husband and children thrive on outside time, so most of our family activities involve something outdoors. We love to go on bike rides or walks, go camping, and our favorite having picnics. When I'm lucky enough to get spare time, I love to sew, bake, study sign language, swim, ride bikes, and go out with friends. I used to work with special needs children and found that to be my favorite job. If I had the time and resources, I'd love to study early childhood education, more sign language, and photography. I know I wont do all of these things, and that's ok. I've learned alot of valuable lessons, and have been blessed with skills enough to serve. I'm grateful for that even if my interests never become careers. I love being a stay at home mom, and I'm happy to have this as my career. It's so rewarding to watch my children grow. I'm so happy to have a husband that can provide financially so I can have the blessing of being home with my kids.

Why I am a Mormon

Originally I became a Mormon because I grew up in a Mormon home. That was the life I was blessed to know. Although limited to what little knowledge I had at the time I did have a testimony that the church was true. So like many Mormons I was baptized at the age of 8. I lived the teachings of the church traditionally because those were also my family values, (not that we were without fault). As a teenager I suffered with alot of depression. I continued to go to church, and work on church programs. I still had a testimony, and loved the comfort and compassion I felt when I went to church and particularly when I listened to the music, but I couldn't help but let my depression consume my thoughts and get in the way of my suscess. This was a real struggle of mine. I felt relatively close to my dad and this helped a great deal after I started to regain focus. I didn't like how I felt about myself. In my darkest hour I was blessed to have some amazing (very personal) experienses happen. I felt an overwhelming love from Heavenly Father through the events he allowed to happen in my life. I found myself listening to music that was uplifting, and motivating, and helped to get me out of my slump. I still had hard days, I still struggled knowing where I stood with family and peers, but I had a renewed dedication for life, and for living the principles of the church. I wanted then to live the princilples I had been taught. I wanted to do this for me, no matter what anyone else thought because I knew it was right. I wanted to share that dedication with others and wanted everyone I came in contact with to have the same joy. As an adult, I've learned that whether it's similar feelings or other trials, that we are made stronger through our trials, if we endure them with faith. I'm a Mormon now because, I've learned through blessings of living the priciples of my faith that this church is true, and that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us.

How I live my faith

I learned as a teenager that living my faith is not as easy selecting a church to go to. I learned that It's a life choice. My faith lays out the principles and guidelines to living a truly happy and sucessful life. As an individual, I study my scriptures and pray daily. I know this gives me the guidance needed for each day. I attend my church meetings, where I'm given the opportunity to serve and learn better the teachings of Jesus Christ. I serve in my family, church, neighborhood, and community when I can. I try to take care of my physical health as well, so that I can be healthy enough to serve when needed, (which is usually as a wife and mother). I've learned from my mother's example, the joy that comes through service, and I try to work to have that same joy. As a family, we also study the teachings of this faith through scriptures, and prayer, and setting aside good quality time to be together. We also try to serve as a family, and it makes me so happy to see my children now offer service without coaxing, or promise of reward. They know it makes them feel good when they do good for others. I've also learned from my dad the joy that comes from sharing the gospel with others. My testimony is simple, and my life experiences are maybe a big deal only to me, but I hope that my story will benefit someone. I know God lives and he knows me personally, and he loves me. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, and wants me to live my life in a way that I can return to live with them again someday. I'm grateful for prophets who lead and guide our faith today. Just as they did long ago. I'm grateful to have been blessed with the teachings of the church to help me govern my choices. Although simple I'm thankful to have a testimony to carry me through in times of weakness.