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Hi I'm Holly.

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When asked in a retreat held by my employer last year to describe who I am without describing what I do, I thought long and hard. Normally we define ourselves as a "wife or mom or mailman, etc." As I pondered just how to describe me it suddenly became clear: the answer to that question is that I am a Child of God, a daughter of my Heavenly Father. As such, I have inherited divine qualities which enable me to understand why I am here and what my purpose is. So first and foremost, I am a daughter of God. To describe me otherwise, I am a wife and a mom. My husband and I have been married for 36 years and we have six children. We have experienced our share of adversities, which include financial and health struggles (he is disabled) and the loss of our youngest child at age fourteen. I am an Emergency Room secretary.

Why I am a Mormon

I chose to be baptized as a teenager. Actually, I wanted to be baptized many years prior but my father and mother - who did not attend church but were raised in a Protestant and Catholic home, respectively - would not allow me to join any church until they felt I understood its precepts and teachings. Having been raised in NY state they felt at first that Mormonism was a cult but learned through my attendance that it was far from it. They allowed - actually, they arranged - for my baptism as a teenager. Though my parents never attended church throughout their lives they felt that the people of the Mormon faith exemplified Christlike and charitable living. I am a Mormon because I believe that we have a Heavenly Father who loves us and knows us by name. I believe that He gave us the opportunity to grow and progress; and that He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, to live in the meridian of time to take upon Himself our sins and sorrows, and to offer Himself up as a sacrifice so that we might return to live with our Father in Heaven again. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints teaches me about the Savior and how I can strive to be like Him - to make good and righteous choices. It also teaches me that because of Jesus Christ I am able to be forgiven when I do not always make the choices I should. I am a Mormon because I believe that Jesus has organized His Church here on the earth today in the same manner He did when He lived on the earth. I believe that He has restored His Holy Priesthood and through this power we can receive many blessings through being baptized and receiving the gift of the Holy Ghost. I am a Mormon because I have studied, pondered, prayed and received the answer that the fulness of the Gospel has been restored and it exists complete in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I believe that we should pattern our lives after the Savior, Jesus Christ. He set the perfect example for us to follow. If I want to be good and to do good I should study His life and try to be like Him. If I can live my faith by becoming more Christlike then perhaps it will help others want to come unto Christ. I teach the adult Sunday School class in church, which has helped me to grow and understand more fully the love of Jesus Christ. But I have also taught the little children, who exemplify by their example how to accept and love one another with the pure love of Christ. This is what the Savior taught, "As I have loved you, love one another." I try each day to love my fellow men the way the Savior loves us. This is not to say that I succeed perfectly. I am mortal and sometimes - often - make mistakes. But this is why the Savior atoned for us: so that we can repent often and try again to be more like Him. I try to live my faith by looking for opportunities to help others. If we are aware, we will see ourselves surrounded by such opportunities. I believe one of our missions here on earth is to help our brothers and sisters, to be there for and with them, to uplift them as we can, to use our own experiences to help them live through their struggles. Our adversities are not wasted if we can use them for good and to help others in their own time of need. What a magnificent way our Heavenly Father has given to help us grow. So when I wake in the morning, I ask that I can remember the Savior throughout the day, and hope that I can be used as an instrument for good in the hands of my Father in Heaven, in any way that he sees fit to use me. This is how I try to live my faith.