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Hi I'm Robyn

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I come from a family of 10 children, who moved around a lot while I was growing up so I was blessed to experience many different places, but Idaho is where I claim to be from since my parents and all 9 of my siblings (and their families) currently live somewhere in that great state! I am a photographer and absolutely love telling stories with pictures. I also find great joy in music; playing piano, singing, listening, dancing to it, whatever! I love the outdoors and the time spent out in it; camping, hiking, walking, biking, and of course whenever possible, my camera is there to capture as much as I can! I love Italian food, reading, the smell of a new season, shoes, good Swiss chocolate, and trying new things. I also love to write stories and secretly (well not so secret anymore...) would love to one day publish a book. From a young age, I KNEW I wanted to be a wife and mother, and I am so blessed to be able say that I am truly living my dream. I am married to a great man and together we have 5 fabulous children who continually amaze and humble me. I am blessed to be able to be at home with them and watch them grow and learn. With my family I experience the things that bring me the most Joy in my life. And though our everyday-life is far from "picture perfect" it is good and we love being together, doing... whatever! I am ever-changing, ever-growing, imperfect but happy. I am a wife, mom, photographer, reader, writer, singer, friend, teacher... and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a member family and have, more than once, been accused of going to church only because that is how I was raised and that is what I am supposed to do. Maybe that was in part true when I was young, but that is not what has kept me active in the gospel. I am a Mormon because I KNOW the blessings that living the gospel brings to my life. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint because I have a testimony in this living gospel, in the Book of Mormon and in the Prophets. I have a testimony that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins, making is possible for me to attain Eternal life. For the most part I have "held to the rod" and have not strayed far from the teachings of the gospel and thus have no inspiring story of finding my way back after being lost, or the great personal triumph of changing my ways, repenting and returning to the teachings of the gospel. I have not suffered all the trials that straying from the teachings of the gospel can bring, but that doesn't mean that it is easy to live my life trying to choose the righteous path. Satan throws temptations in my path as much as anyone and just because I often choose not to give in to those temptations, doesn't mean that I don't have any testimony-building experiences to share with others. I have had many experiences that brought me to my knees, praying for help, guidance and understanding from the Lord. Experiences that sent me to my scriptures seeking answers so that I could more adeptly chose a path that would bring me closer to my Father in Heaven.. I have a firm testimony in obedience. I know that living the gospel, that when faced with a difficult choice, choosing what I know to be right, will bring blessings. That path does not always bring instant gratification but it yields great freedom. Freedom from the binding chains that sin and addiction can bring. I am a Mormon because I KNOW following my Savior Jesus Christ will bring joy that can not be found in any other way.

How I live my faith

"Charity Never Faileth" is what we in the church women's organization are taught. Attempting to live these words has brought many great experiences. Serving others has helped me to get to know neighbors that I might not have otherwise gotten to know. It has brought about friendships that might not have ever happened. I have held a variety of church callings and within each one have learned new things that have helped to strengthen my testimony. With each calling I have had to step out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in new ways. I currently am privileged to hold a calling in the primary, working with Heavenly Father's precious young children. I am a terrible procrastinator and I am NOT good at speaking in front of a lot of people. These are two weaknesses that I think have been challenged the most in my calling. In so many ways, working with the children teaches me to go back to the 'basics" of living the gospel. I enjoy helping the children learn new things; helping them discover their own testimony. And really, there is nothing like the voices of children singing primary songs... I feel the spirit every time I hear them.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Robyn
As a mother I have asked myself this question so many times. The thought that my children could become ensnared in this addition is terrifying to me. I have seen the destroying effects it has on men, women, couples, and families alike. I know that my little corner of the world is small but I still believe that I can make a difference by raising my children to have respect for themselves and others. We try to be open and honest with our son. We do not belittle him for the natural feelings that he has, we only try to help him understand the importance of self control. We also try to help him have a respect for women that would make viewing pornography distasteful to him. Of equal importance we are also honest with our daughter. Pornography is not just an addiction for men. But more important, we teach her to have so much respect for herself that she would hopefully never need to flaunt her body to feel good about herself. We teach her that being modest is of utmost importance in maintaining that self-respect and gaining the true respect of the boys and girls around her. Teaching our children that they are children of God, gives them a foundation upon which to build that self-respect and helps them to realize their incredible worth. Show more Show less