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Hi I'm Vycci

I'm a mom, a wife, a fifth grade teacher, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised by a single mother of 5 children. Right out of high school, after an unsuccessful attempt at college, I chose to become a hair stylist. After several years in the business, I realized that I wanted to try going back to college. My first semester back in school I met my husband. Together we have built a family and earned our master degrees. As a teacher of color, I have dedicated myself to helping and working with students from diverse backgrounds and languages. My days are full of children, my own and my students. My 2 older children are with me from sun up to sun down. My classroom is their home away from home. My youngest hasn't joined the school clan yet, and it has been a challenge to leave my new baby and go back to work. However, it won't be long before he too will join us in the classroom. I love the relationships I build with each student in my class. I believe it is my job and calling to help each child grow and develop their strengths.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was blessed to have the opportunity to learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ as a child. My parents, grandparents, friends, and church leaders taught me to know my Savior Jesus Christ. When I was only 9 years old my parents divorced, and my father left the church. I was devastated, but determined to find my own path. I spent much of my youth in turmoil about what to believe. Being the oldest of 5 children, I watched as my younger siblings also struggled with their beliefs and understandings of the Gospel. It wasn't until I was in my twenties and started to think about having my own family, when I questioned, "what would I teach my children to believe?" It was then I knew, I had a testimony of my Father in Heaven and Jesus Christ. I knew that I wanted to teach this to my children. I knew I would have to be living the Gospel in order to teach it. It was then that I made my decision to fully embrace the gospel. As I made this choice, I knew that Heavenly Father was aware of me, when he gave me the opportunity to meet a handsome return missionary, who promised to love me and support me through all my trials. I have never looked back. Once I committed to fully living the Gospel, my life has been more full of joy. I have accomplished things I once thought impossible. I have overcome many pains and scars from my childhood, because I have partaken of the atonement of Jesus Christ. As I look to my Savior, he has guided me. He has helped me to earn my educational degrees. Referring to being a mother of 3 children, a wife, and a full-time teacher, my non-member friends often say, "I don't know how you do it all." I know without a doubt in my mind that I do it with the help of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know He loves me. I know he lives and is real. He provides me and my husband with the personal revelation that we need to be happy in this life, and provides a way for us to be together in the eternities.

How I live my faith

I believe that living my faith shows in who I am, how I talk, and how I act. I have many non-member friends. In fact, my closest friends are not members of the church. Some of these friends are very familiar with the Gospel and others know very little. It is my hope that I represent my Savior Jesus Christ and His Gospel in a way that is pleasing unto Him. I strive to live my life in a way that shows respect for all people, no matter race, ethnicity, religion or other beliefs or culture. I love differences in people. And love to look for individual strengths in people. I believe that this is what our Savior does. In the Bible and the Book of Mormon it testifies of how our Savior loves all people. We are all God's children. When I teach my students at school or teach the adult Sunday School class at church, I pray and ask to be able to love all that I teach, as Jesus does. I believe that if I can learn to know and love each person as Christ does, that I can be an instrument in God's hand to help them grow and learn. I have been called to many types of service in the Gospel, from teaching young children to adults. I am called to visit other women of the church to make sure that they are doing well and their needs are met. In doing this I have met and become friends with women I would not have otherwise known. I have learned to love them and their differences. I have been able to develop close friendships with other women in our ward by serving with them. In doing service, we are on the Lord's errand, and the spirit and peace that can come to each of us through service is a blessing. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I have had and will have to serve in the church. It provides me with more opportunities to prove that I am willing to live my life as the Savior did. These opportunities teach and instruct me, helping me to grow and learn.