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Hi I'm Spring

I'm a JOYFUL, CONTENT wife and mother of five. I CREATE: healthy, gourmet meals, beauty on a dime, and a home that nurtures.

About Me

I grew up living in many different places because my father was in the Air Force. It was a wonderful, growth promoting experience, meeting new people and learning to deal with and even flourish amidst change. I lived in Madrid, Spain and Wiesbaden, Germany during my teenage years. That experience let me see just how small the world really is, it gave me a love for the European culture, an appreciation for diverse people, a sense of adventure, and taught me how to thrive outside of my comfort zone. During college, I took some time off to represent my church as a missionary in Austria. I learned German and shared my testimony of Jesus Christ in Salzburg, Graz, and Vienna. For a naturally shy girl, the exprience of initiating conversations on the street wth strangers, was a sort of right of passage for me. The most beautiful moments in my life involve my family. My husband and I both hale from families of ten, so our extended family is large. Family gatherings are treasured. We have 5 children. Each of our children are involved in activities that help them to develop their talents. My greatest desire is that my children will become what God expects and needs them to be, then they can go forth and serve others. We are an athletic family. My husband and I love watching our children's sporting events. In our free time we often go play tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, baseball, soccer, racquetball, and even ping pong as a family.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a descendant of pioneers who joined the church in their native lands of England and Denmark. They sacrificed all, left their possessions and homelands and travelled on foot across the plains to Utah. Their Indomitable spirit and faith has been a looming presence throughout my life. In my youth, I discovered, developed, and nurtured my own burning testimony of Jesus Christ and His church. My memories of going to church in my youth are tender. I loved singing songs about Jesus and hearing stories from the Old and New Testament and the Book of Mormon. Those stories spoke to my heart. That's how I always knew the gospel was true, it just felt right, it felt good. In my high school years I attended an early morning scripture study class before school with other kids my age. It wasn't easy getting myself out of bed at that early hour, but there was a feeling of Heavenly approval and a strength I felt being there with the few other kids in my school who shared my faith and values. I am an active member of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that it's Christ's church. He lives! He is the only begotten of the Father. He is the way, the truth, and the light. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of God. In answer to his prayer, God the Father, and Jesus Christ appeared to Him. Joseph Smith restored what was once here anciently, the true church of Jesus Christ. He translated the Book of Mormon, which is another witness of Jesus Christ. The Book of Mormon has changed my life. There is a power that comes into my life when I read from it daily. We have a prophet today who speaks for God. God speaks to me personally. When I am still, and listen, I receive inspiration and answers to my prayers. I love the scripture, "That which is of God is light; and he that receiveth light, and continueth in God, receiveth more light; and that light groweth brighter and brighter until the perfect day." A beautiful promise!

How I live my faith

I make mistakes, and that's why I need my Savior, Jesus Christ. He loves me despite my flaws. He knows who I can become, the great potential that I have as a daughter of God. He helps me change and be the best I can be. Jesus is the center of all that I think and do. My daily goal is to draw nearer to Him. He walks with me throughout the day. I am a visiting teacher. Visiting teaching is one of the most beautiful, inspired systems of watchcare. Women are assigned to go in pairs and visit a few of the women of their congregation in their homes. A spiritual message is shared and a friendship is cultivated. I have never been afraid to leave my family and move far away because wherever I go in the world, I have a family to go to. The doctrine will be the same and the visiting teaching with new friendships will be there. Men are similarly organized, and are called home teachers. In every congregation there are "callings" to be divvied out to each member who will accept them. Since no one is paid to teach, or preside, the members fulfill these responsibilities through callings. These callings are varied and are given based on inspiration. I feel that I have developed in ways that I never could have forseen because I have accepted these callings and have run with them, despite feelings of inadequacy. I love what Jane Austen said, "There's nothing like staying at home for real comfort." My favorite place is HOME. My home is a sacred space, a refuge from the storms of life. I remember feeling that way in my youth. Walking through the doorway of my childhood home everyday after school was a tangible, indelible experience. I felt such a joyful, divine feeling of safety and peace. My mother lived her faith by creating a space where the Holy Spirit could be felt. Our home was a haven, a temple. I'm following in mom's footsteps, creating an incubator of faith for my family and all who come through it's doors.