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Hi I'm Grace

I'm a mother, an educator, a widow and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 3 married children. When I started this journey in life, I had no idea the obstacles our family would face. Within 3 years of marriage, my husband was diagnosed with clinical depression. In 2002 my husband fell asleep driving with us in the car and we rolled at least 4 times. It was a scary experience for our family. It gave me a new outlook on life. I realized, being happy was my choice and no matter what happened to me, I held the power to be happy. In 2007 our family moved. Our youngest and I moved into the new house while my husband stayed back to prepare the other one for sale. We would drive back and forth to be together but it took a major toll on him. After 27 years of marriage he lost his battle with depression and he chose to took his life. It was a difficult time for our family. Through all this our family has been blessed. My oldest and her husband attend college while raising their son. My son graduated from college w/high honors and is now continuing his education in the medical field. He and his wife are expecting their first. My youngest is now married and they both attend college. I am entering a new phase in life home alone. I am happy and I make sure my family comes first. I love to smile and teach others that no matter what life throws at you, you too can find happiness. If I didn’t have the strength of the gospel and the members to support me, I know surviving these trials would have been more then our family could bear.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family where family came first but religion was not important. It wasn't until junior high that a group of LDS youth started to included me and make sure I made it out to church functions. My parents were very supportive and said if I was going to go to church it had to be our church. But what was our family’s church? My dad was LDS but hadn’t been actively attending since he was a young man. My mom grew up Pentecostal, and joined the LDS church when my parents married but never went. Due to this I attended many different churches with friends trying to figure out what was truth. The LDS youth never gave up on me and accepted me for who I was. By the time I graduated from high school, I made a conscious decision to go to an LDS college. Although many amazing experience helped to guide me, it wasn’t until I attended Ricks College that I truly understood the truths of the gospel. All my searching of other religions always brought me back to the truths I found in my families untaught religion. In a lot of ways, my parents did teach basics religious doctrine like family comes first, being honest and giving to others. But it was the example of the LDS youth in high school that set me on the path to understanding the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am a member because I find truth and comfort in what I have learned.

How I live my faith

I work with the young women of the church that are junior high and high school ages. I love these girls and enjoy being around the youth. I also work at the local school and love these youth. I try and teach them all to be happy and show kindness. I often get to chaperone on school trips and have enjoyed the opportunities this has given me to love them. I feel great love from all these students and I think it is because of the trust and love we have developed for each other. People know I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I know they watch me. I try to be honest, loving and caring to all I come in contact with so others can see the light of Christ through my actions. I am not perfect and make a lot of mistakes, but I know Heavenly Father lives and that His Son died for me. I try to live a life that would be an example to all I come in contact with, so they can feel Heavenly Father and Christ’s love too.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

When I was younger and looking into other churches, I always wondered how they started. When I would ask that question the answer was often, "This person started our faith because they didn't feel the truth was being taught anywhere," or "we broke away from this church because of doctrinal differences." They were started by a person who felt something was wrong but had no authority or no claim to revelation. That bothered me. If God is the same yesterday, today and forever, there should be revelation and a prophet. I was fascinated to learn that there was revelation and a prophet involved in the foundation of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I believe a prophet should be at the head of Christ's church. I feel much more confident following a prophet that receives revelation from God. Show more Show less