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Hi I'm Abby

I am a mom, a wife, I love to swim, I am a California girl and I am a Mormon!

About Me

I am an energetic spunky and fun mom! I also work part-time at a bank and enjoy what I do. I love to be active and spend time exercising. I LOVE to swim and was an avid swimmer for many years while in my youth and even during college. I also played volleyball and basketball in high school and still have a love for them as well. The most important thing in my life however is my role as a mother. Nothing brings me greater joy and satisfaction than watching our three children grow and learn on a daily basis. My husband and I feel blessed to be given this responsibility and we love every minute of it!

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up in California I was taught the Catholic religion. We attended church every now and then and we were raised to believe in Jesus Christ. I had never really questioned my faith or it's teachings until I was around 10 years old. I began to wonder if there really was a God and if He really did have a son. I knew that there had to be a reason for why we were all put on this Earth but I was not sure what that reason would be. One hot summer day in California, two Mormon missionaries were traveling by bicycle in our neighborhood. My father invited them in for a glass of cold lemonade and they graciously accepted. As they started to talk I could not help but feel like the message they had was important and that whatever had them out in the heat on a bicycle, was more important to them than possible heat stroke! Like many people I was skeptical and nervous at first and I could not fully let go of all that I had been taught as a child. Once I made the connection between what I had been taught and what they were teaching, I knew I could not deny it. I felt a comforting spirit in the message they shared about Jesus Christ and I knew they were out doing His ministry. Since 1996 I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I have been truly blessed by the gospel and by my Heavenly Father in showing me my purpose for being here on Earth. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ lives and that the church which he established while He walked on this Earth has been restored in its fullness today. I know that through the Holy Ghost, those seeking the truth will find it and those seeking answers to their questions will find them too. I am grateful for my membership in the church and I know that I can be a great example to those who want to know more about the Savior and His teachings.

How I live my faith

Currently in my ward I volunteer with the Youth. I work very closely with the girls from ages 12-18 and it is a wonderful blessing. We have such a diverse group of kids with their own struggles and their own challenges but they all come together and are a great support to one another. I also participate in a program called Visiting Teaching where as women in our wards we visit other ladies and help them in whatever they may be needing assistance with. Sometimes I help paint a room, or cook a meal for a mother who has recently had a baby. Sometimes it's great to just go over and chat with some "girlfriends." Whatever it is I know that I have a great support among the women in my ward. We all know what it is like to be a Latter-Day Saint and to try and live the gospel each day of our lives. Our challenges may be different and our circumstances also but we share a common goal in striving each day to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ as He would have us live it.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

It would seem that we are a tight nit group of people that we would only help those we know. However, this is farther than the truth. As Latter-Day Saints, our daily goal is to try and be just a little bit more like Jesus Christ in all we say and do. When Christ walked the Earth, he did not only help those who believed in him but he went to many who would not. He assisted the wealthy, the poor, the blind, the sick, the humble and the proud. His love and service was not limited to only those he knew would follow him. Just as Christ shared his love and help with all, so are we entrusted in helping all of our brothers and sisters regardless of their beliefs or circumstances. In fact, much of what we do as a worldwide church is to provide aid to non-Mormon people. We have thousands of missionaries serving in all areas of the world and their primary focus is to help people who are not Mormon in their areas. We are taught by past and current leaders that all of God's children should be cared for and it is our duty as disciples and followers of Christ to make sure that gets carried out. Our Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ love us all very much. We can show our love to them by caring for and loving our fellow men. Show more Show less