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Hi I'm Farleigh

I'm a convert, single mom, nurse, cancer survivor, animal lover who rides a Harley. I'm in recovery, and I'm a mormon.

About Me

I joined the church about 3 years ago, and my 4 teenage boys followed on their own. I am a single mom, a nurse, and an animal lover. I survived breast cancer and am in recovery from addictions. We love to travel as a family and enjoy the outdoors. My favorite hobby? Riding my Harley!!!!!!!

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has changed my life. I always thought of God as something to fear, and I had done so much wrong in my life that maybe He didn't want anything to do with me. I felt like God had turned His back on me, when in reality I had walked away from Him. I lived most of my life under the influence of alcohol or drugs because I lived in fear rather than faith. When I entered the realm of recovery from my addictions, I started attending a large non-denominational Christian church. The concept of a loving God and Jesus Christ as my savior was new to me. I enjoyed that church, but never felt 'a part of', or that I really fit in. I met my husband in recovery, and as a 'blended family' we were a little lost. We had a couple of friends who were LDS, and soon had our boys in the scouting program at their ward. We were inspired by the other families we got to know, because family was so valued. They were happy, spent time together and served others. The missionaries are such an important part of our conversion! We started feeding the missionaries almost weekly, because my husband loved to bbq for people. The missionaries were such good examples for our boys, and only slowly did we allow them to talk about the church. It took quite a while, but we finally agreed to take the discussions. The turning point for me was when I believed but didn't want to live all the 'rules' of the church. I had to realize that if I wanted to have the life I so respected in others, I needed to choose to live that way too. Blessings do follow obedience! We both were baptized, and our boys each followed in their own time. I don't know how I lived without this church my whole life. I am divorced now, and still have my struggles, but I have a loving Heavenly Father and church family to walk with me.

How I live my faith

I love this church. There is nothing to compare to the feeling deep inside when I feel the Holy Spirit. I love the members of my ward so much, it is hard to stop visiting when church starts! I teach the 4-5 year olds, who we call 'Sunbeams', at church. They have such sweet spirits and teach me more about the pure love of Christ than I teach them! Serving others was such a new concept to me. My life was all about me before. Both my recovery program and the gospel have taught me that service blesses the giver more than the receiver! I try to do service as a family as much as possible, because I want my kids to learn this earlier than I did. My heart is so full when I see the charity and gratitude my sons feel when helping other people. I tell them how excited and proud I am that they will be able to raise families in the gospel from marriage on. (And for eternity)! That was the best news ever...that our family can be together forever. I don't fear death anymore, because I know my Father in Heaven's plan for us. It is such a relief that I can turn to the scriptures for answers or comfort. The Book of Mormon testifies new truths to me every time I read it. It is truly another testament of Jesus Christ and the Bible. I know the organization and work of this church are true, as my Savior intended it to be. I am so grateful for everything in my life today, challenges and all.