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Hi I'm Hilaree

I’m a wife, a new mother, the sixth of seven children, a redhead and an Arizonan. I love big families and singing! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I’ve lived in Arizona most of my life and graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Education with an emphasis in Political Science. I’ve been to four colleges, and Eastern Arizona College was my favorite. I only went to Brigham Young University-Idaho for one semester, so I may have liked it just as much if I didn’t get engaged to someone back in Arizona and leave it so soon! I married a man that I grew up knowing because our families are great friends. You might say it’s a successful semi-arranged marriage! I love him so much and am so happy to be married to him. Last year I also became certified to teach history and taught high school. I mostly taught seniors American Government and it was so fun! Of course it had its challenges, but I love the subject and had lots of fun students. I became pregnant and gave birth two weeks before the school year ended, so I am no longer teaching, but I have moved on to something even more exciting for me– motherhood!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have felt the Holy Ghost witness to me that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is Christ’s church restored to the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith. It has the fullness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I have repeatedly had experiences that reaffirm the truthfulness and blessings of the Gospel to me. I know that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us more than we can comprehend and a Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for our sins and felt our pains and wants us to be happy. I am so grateful and indebted to Him for this knowledge and the opportunity to have my sins forgiven.

How I live my faith

Just like every other person on earth, I am not perfect. I have weaknesses that I need to overcome. But what motivates me to try is that I want to be worthy to live in the presence of God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ, someday. I also want to live with my family eternally, so I follow the teachings and standards of the Church. The Gospel brings me so much happiness and has helped me avoid many of the pitfalls of a life without direction. It gives me many opportunities to serve others, which brings me joy as well. There is a peace that can’t be felt any way other than keeping the commandments of the Lord, Jesus Christ. I know the Church is true and I am so excited to be a Mormon!

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Just like you might give a testimony in court about a situation to which you were a witness, a testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is one's witness of its truthfulness. The fulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ is found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so as Mormons, there is much that we bear witness of which makes up our testimony. Our testimonies include a knowledge of Jesus Christ is the Savior of the world and the Son of God, our Heavenly Father. We witness that Heavenly Father loves us and that is why He sent His Son to perform the Atonement and die for us. Because this is the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, it is the same church as in Christ's day, but restored to the earth through Joseph Smith. We witness that Joseph Smith is a prophet and that we continue to have prophets on the earth to guide and direct us. Our current prophet and President of the Church is Thomas S. Monson. We are able to bear witness of these things because we have felt the Holy Spirit or Holy Ghost confirm in our hearts that these things are true. Everyone can gain his or her own testimony. Show more Show less