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Hi I'm Viki

I grew up all over the place because we were a military family. I now live in the rural Pacific Northwest. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am very happily married with 4 kids, only one of whom is still at home. I worked as a registered nurse for 20 years, then quit to guide my children through those scary teen years. I love animals, camping, reading, and seeing other parts of the country and world. Since 3 of my 4 children struggle with mental illness, life is not always easy but it definitely is worth the fight. Having the knowledge that life continues past this mortal existence, and that mental illness is only for this life keeps me grounded and gives me hope in the future.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (the Mormon Church); my parents were converted to this faith when I was a small child, and raised me and my four siblings in it. As most kids do, my teenage years were tempestuous and complicated by the fact that I received a good portion of German stubbornness from my ancestors. In my junior year, one of the Temples that our church builds was being opened and dedicated in Seattle, and my parents were able to obtain 2 passes- one for my sister and one for me- to attend the ceremony. The Prophet of the Lord at that time was Spencer W. Kimball. He came personally to four of the rooms to which the ceremony was being broadcast via closed circuit TV. He came to the room in which we sat, and I will never forget the sure knowledge and witness that this man spoke for God on the Earth. An overwhelming feeling of joy came over me and has stayed with me ever since. Later, similar feelings came to me as I prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was true, whether Joseph Smith translated gold plates through the gift and power of God, and whether I should remain a part of this church. Each time I have prayed for these things and answers to other difficulties I may be experiencing, the Holy Ghost has whispered to me of the existence of God the Father, of the atonement of His Son Jesus Christ, and of their knowledge of and love for me. I know They live. I know the Book of Mormon is true. And I know that one day, my children will be free of their illness through the sacrifice and atonement of my Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life. At church, I am an advisor to young girls ages 12-14. We meet during the week as well as on Sundays. Not only do I teach them the doctrines of Jesus Christ, but also practical things like cooking, goal setting, healthy living, music, etc. I also volunteer one day a week in the family history library in our town, as well as make "house calls" to those who are unable to come to the family history library. I teach them how to use the Internet to search out their ancestors, and how to access different types of information about them. On Sundays, I alternate with another woman in our congregation playing the organ for our services.