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Hi I'm Regina

I am happily a mother of six children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've always enjoyed learning. I especially loved attending a university where I grew intellectually and spiritually, and discovered who I wanted to be "when I grew up." Eventually I landed in the Elementary Education Department, where I learned how to successfully teach children and make a difference in their lives. Upon graduating with my teaching certificate, I taught and loved many first graders, who in reality made more of a difference in my life. I married and quickly shifted my focus from teaching other people's children to having some of my own. My husband and I happily welcomed six children into our home in our first 8.5 years of marriage. They are now all past the age of a first grader, and I have realized that I can learn more from being their mom than I could ever teach them. They are each amazing in their own way and have been given varied and unique talents. I am grateful to be part of a family that can strengthen and support each other. As I have "grown up," I have discovered some new interests and abilities. These include: throwing surprise parties for teenagers, planning fun family vacations, decorating a home to be a haven from the world, walking and talking with friends, studying the scriptures, doing anything my husband is doing, playing baseball with overgrown zucchini, and providing service to others. I thrive on the times I am able to look outside of myself and learn from others around me. Ultimately, that is what has made me who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that had been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many generations. I was taught the gospel from a young age and I always believed what I was taught. However, as I got older I recognized the value in having my testimony confirmed to me so that I could know for myself that all I had been taught was true. In John 7:17 Jesus teaches, "If any man will do his will (meaning the will of God) he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself." I have put this principle to the test many times throughout my life. I have taken the points of doctrine that I was taught in my youth and lived them to the best of my ability. As I have done this I have come to know, without a doubt, that the doctrines I have tried to put into practice, are in fact, true. My ancestors, who were personally taught the restored gospel of Jesus Christ by Joseph Smith, made tremendous sacrifices for what they knew to be the right way to live. Because of their faith, I have been blessed with a knowledge of the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ, as it has been restored to the earth today. I can testify for myself that Joseph Smith truly saw God the Father and His son, Jesus Christ in answer to his prayer to know which church he should join. I understand from my own study of the scriptures, that while there is much that is good and true in The Bible, it cannot be fully understood the way God intended without The Book of Mormon, another testament of Jesus Christ. I have come to love this book and have felt closer to God by reading it than by anything else on this earth! I know Heavenly Father has a plan for his children and that through the atonement of Jesus Christ we can all return to Him someday. I know that it is also through His gospel that we can have peace and joy in this life and in the life to come. I am so grateful for this knowledge and the perspective it gives me as I journey through life.

How I live my faith

Because of my knowledge of the truthfulness of the gospel, as taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have a great desire to share it with others. I know that every person on this earth is a child of a heavenly father who loves them and wants them to also know of His plan for them. I have enjoyed the opportunities I have had to teach the children in our church about these doctrines, as well as the youth. I especially loved the years I spent teaching the early morning seminary classes that our high school kids attend each day. It gave me the opportunity to really delve into the scriptures and understand what it is Heavenly Father wants us to know. My testimony was strengthened, as I relied on the Lord to help me understand the gospel in a way that would allow me to teach it to teenagers. In addition to the scriptures, I love to read the words of the modern day prophets to better understand the things that God would have me do in my life. I know that Thomas S. Monson is the current prophet, sent to guide the affairs of Christ's true church on earth and to receive revelation for the world. God has always sent prophets to teach His children how to return to Him... Noah, Moses, Isaiah, Elijah... Our latter-day prophets can teach us the things that are relevant to our day. Following their teachings has blessed the life of my family temporally and spiritually. Finally, because of the revealed doctrine of eternal families, I chose to be married for time and eternity in one of the Lord's temples. It was incredible and I am so grateful to currently live within an hour of a temple, a sacred place of worship and learning. I cherish those moments that I can be within the walls of that building, remembering the covenants I have entered into with God to try to live more like the Savior. There is no other place on earth where I can feel such peace and love... where I can feel the Spirit of the Lord so strongly and receive direction for my life.