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Hi I'm Betsy

Married to my sweetheart, I'm a mother of 5, a home school parent, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-some mom. I'll be married to my sweetheart for 25 years this Spring. We have 5 wonderful children ranging in age from 21-12 and we also helped raise one additional 'son' for a friend of ours. He's from Austria and we took him in when he was 10 years old. I started homeschooling my children before my oldest was school age, however, due to thinking I couldn't handle the stress of it all, I put them in a private school for a few years. When my oldest was going into the 4th grade I began to homeschool her and then the following year pulled them all out and have been homeschooling ever since. I feel this has been one of the best choices we've made for our children. We've lived in the same valley for 18 years, which allowed our children to grow up in one area with the same friends. As children, both my husband and myself moved around a lot and we didn't want that for our children. We've had many struggles over the last few years. Our home burned down in 2007, our second child was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, and one of our children have chosen a different path then the way we raised him, along with a few others thrown in there. While all these trials have been difficult they have brought me closer to my Heavenly Father and for that I'm grateful. Our home was rebuild, my daughter is doing well and we are grateful for the medical advances that allow her to stay alive, and I have faith that my son will one day come home and live a faithful life again.

Why I am a Mormon

My parent's joined the Mormon (LDS) church about 2 years before I was born, for which I am eternally grateful. I can honestly say that I have not been to many other churches but the few that I have been to do not give me the same feeling I get when I attend my church. I look forward to going to church each week, studying and living the gospel throughout my life and sharing it with my family and others. One thing I love about the LDS church it is the same all over the world. I have attended the LDS church in other states and countries and the spirit and the way it is conducted is the same no matter where you go. I love that! I have a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that God is the Father of all who have lived on the earth and those who will come. I know that he is the literal Father of our Savior and Redeemer, Jesus Christ. I know that Christ died and atoned for the sins of all mankind. I know he lived a perfect life so we would have an example of how we should live. I know that when we serve others we are in the service of our God. I know that the Gospel of Jesus Christ was restored on the earth through the prophet Joseph Smith and that he translated the Book of Mormon through the power and direction of Jesus Christ. I know the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ and that the words written in that book can change lives for good and bring you closer to God the Father and his son, Jesus Christ. It is a beautiful testimony of the tender mercies of our Heavenly Father. I know that the Priesthood was restored through Joseph Smith and through it we can receive many blessings including eternal life with our families - which gives me so much peace. I know that there is a living prophet on the earth today and that he gives us direction from the Lord. I'm thankful I know all these thing to be true. I am eternally thankful to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I live my faith the way I've been taught - through serving others. Because Jesus Christ gave of his time freely to others I want to do the same. Over the years, as an adult in the LDS church I have been asked to serve in different areas. I have spend most of those years serving with the young women (ages 12-18) of the church. Each Sunday we meet and have a lesson relating to the principles of the gospel and then during the week, I, along with the youth and other women would plan a weekly activity to teach them how to apply what they learned on Sunday. These activities are meant to strengthen friendships and teach the girls life skills that will help them in their future homes. They are also meant to teach them to live their faith more fully and find joy in serving others. We would have one night a year where we would acknowledge their hard work, sort of like a Court of Honor, but for girls. They present projects they worked on during the year, such as community service, sewing projects, recipes, and so forth. Throughout the time the girls are in their teenage years they follow a book to help them set goals and projects. When the book is completed they receive a special necklace to acknowledge all their hard work. I am currently a sewing specialist at church. I teach sewing but also come up with humanitarian aid projects in our community. We might make quilts for dislocated children, doll clothes for sick children and so forth. I love how our church focuses a lot on service. I know it is what our God would have us do and I grateful for any opportunity to serve and for the example it is to my children. I currently have two children serving full-time missions in Europe. I know that so many young men and women from our church are willing to serve the Lord for up to two years because of the service they have been taught throughout their lives. Serving others blesses many lives, those we serve, those who see the service done, ourselves, and Heavenly Father.