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Hi I'm Missy

I'm a list making, food altering, cheerfully adapting mother of four. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Florida (mostly) and I am the oldest of seven. I spend my days as a stay-at home mother of four. I never know what a day will hold since I get to take care of our son who has Eosinophilic Esophagitis and Gastroenteritis, a chronic illness which affects his esophagus, stomach and duodenum. I often feel like a chef on the food channel as I try to prepare food for my son and his limited diet. I love to make lists (just ask my husband), to cook, to teach, to spend time with friends, to play board games and to play volleyball. I love eating out at new restaurants and my favorite food is buffalo wings. I am most comfortable hanging out with my husband in a T-shirt and scrubs.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the LDS church when I was a little girl and they both knew the church was true. They met with the missionaries for months before they received answers to their questions. The great thing about the church is that when you want to know about something, to find out if any aspect of the church is true, you are encouraged to study it out and take it to the Lord in prayer. Go to the source and find out for yourself. My mother always told me that was what spoke to her.   I'm kinda a fiesty girl who questions everything. I always wished I could just hear something and believe it, but I can't (probably got that from my mom). I have studied and prayed and I know without a doubt that the LDS church is God's true church, it is the only true church. I know that Joseph Smith was a true prophet of the Lord and that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that we have a prophet today, Thomas S. Monson who leads this church. How do I know? Because I asked, and the Lord heard me and answered me. It didn't all happen at one time, but I kept studying and asking and received powerful answers, that I can never deny. I know that my Savior loves me and I know that my prayers are answered. That's why I am Mormon, because I asked and was answered. I know it is true.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by teaching values to my children, teaching a class of 9 year olds on Sunday, loving my husband, being grateful for my trials, and trying to reach out in Christ-like service to anyone in need. I want my children to love the scriptures and use them as a guide to answer their questions and give them strength. We try to memorize specific verses that might help them in school or with friends. I want them to feel strong and be ready to stand up for what is right. I have been assigned to teach the 9 year olds on Sunday from the Book of Mormon. I love being with those kids, they truly are examples of the Savior. They teach me about being a peace-maker and about how to love others. And I am lucky enough to get to teach them about the Savior. This opportunity to serve pulls me away from myself and my problems. If you look around you can always find someone who needs help; maybe they need a friend, help with kids, or just dessert. I always feel so glad when I get the chance to serve another. My four year old son's illness, Eosinophilic Esophagitis/Gastroenteritis can seem pretty daunting to some, but because of the perspective I have I know that he can cheerfully adapt and have the peace that comes from following the Lord's commandments. We all see food as healthy and good for our bodies, but for his body it is the enemy. His illness has brought many blessings to our family and taught me many things. Knowing I have a Heavenly Father who loves me, helps me laugh when we have a day where there is vomitting and severe allergic reactions (and all my previous plans disappear). We hope that someday he understands that although he may feel isolated in a world where so many activites and traditions revolve around food, the Savior knows how he feels, loves him and the Savior can and will comfort him. I am so happy that I know that too!