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Hi I'm Holly

I'm a mom and part-time tennis instructor. I have a wonderful blended family who have taught me a lot of patience! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been through a few ups and downs in life. From being a rebellious teenager to going through a divorce, I've sometimes had to learn life's lessons the hard way. At the same time, Heavenly Father has blessed me so much. I have a wonderful husband, and we have a blended family together with 8 kids total, and 6 kids living at home with us. I love sports, especially tennis. I teach private tennis lessons and work part-time, teaching tennis to elementary children after school. Our family has had to work hard to become a cohesive unit, but it has been well worth the work. My husband and I were sealed in the temple a couple of years ago, and that sealing has meant so much to us. My husband went through 9 months of unemployment a year ago which resulted in a new job and a move to a new city. The temple has been our rock. It has brought us comfort when we have been worried about the future, and our temple sealing has held our family together like super glue! We live in difficult times, but our family has grown so much from our trials. We play together, work together, read scriptures and pray together. No matter what comes our way in the future, I know Heavenly Father and our Savior love us and are there for us, and if we follow them, we will be blessed with the Holy Spirit to guide us through any trials we may have. What a comfort it is to have that reassurance.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised by wonderful Mormon parents, but I went through a rebellious period as a teenager. I even convinced myself that Heavenly Father didn't exist. One night, I had a powerful dream which pierced my soul with the knowledge that my Savior and Redeemer loves me and is very aware of me. I knew that my Heavenly Father was aware of me as well, and that I needed to choose who's side I was really on--whether I wanted to continue down the treacherous path I was on, or choose the straight and narrow path. I awoke from my dream, knelt down and pleaded with my Father in Heaven to forgive me and help me to change. I went through a transformation where I felt light enter my soul. Friends would literally ask me if I'd painted my bedroom because even my surroundings became brighter. I felt as if my soul hungered for light, and I sought out the Holy Spirit wherever I could find it. I gained a testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I believe with my whole heart and soul that it is the same church that Jesus lead while on the earth. For me, it's not about which church is right or which church is wrong. It's about Heavenly Father giving us a vehicle on this earth to learn about eternal truths, to learn about the Savior's life, sacrifice, resurrection and divinity. It's about preparing for the next life and for eternal growth and progression, because this life is short and will be gone all too quickly, and I want to make the most of my time here while I can. I love General Conference. What a blessing it is to hear the words of the prophets and apostles and other church leaders. Heavenly Father still speaks to us, not only through prayer and scripture, but through his holy disciples! I know Jesus Christ lives and still leads us today. I know our Father in Heaven loves us so much and wants us to reach our potential. Words seem so inadequate to express my love and gratitude for my Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I'm far from perfect, but I strive daily to live the best life I can. I love my neighbors. I don't care what religion they are, I think people are awesome. As a family, we try to have an open door policy where anyone is welcome in our home. We have family scripture study and prayer almost every night at 8:30, and our kids' friends know they are welcome to join us or hang out in the other room during that time period. We don't want to push our beliefs on anyone. We just want others to feel like they are welcome to be part of our lives in any way they feel comfortable with. My husband and I try to attend the temple whenever possible. It is such a peaceful, spiritual place. We attend church each Sunday and do our best to set a good example for our kids. We also try to be there for others when they need us. We bring meals to those in need and offer help to others whenever we can. We've been recipients of this kind of help as well many times. We try not to be ashamed of asking others for help. We're all in this together, right?

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Holly
As a Mormon woman, I am grateful for my divine calling. In many ways, women are the heart of God's Kingdom on earth. While men fill most of the leadership callings, the Lord's work would not be able to go forth without women. Women are gifted at making important things happen. We are the busy hands that bring ideas to life. We are the hands that care for those in need. We are the hands which strengthen and support others. We are the hands which bring beauty wherever we go. As daughters of the most high God, we plan, we work, we teach, we nurture, we show charity, and as women, our spirits are great. Show more Show less

What is the Book of Mormon?

Holly
The Book of Mormon is a record of some of the "other sheep" of which Jesus Christ spoke of in the New Testament. We believe Jesus Christ came to the American Continent after His resurrection and gave the same message of Salvation to the people there. The Book of Mormon is a record of the prophets and people on the American Continent. It is not a replacement for the Bible, but rather a companion to the Bible. One of the most beautiful stories of Christ, for me personally, is His visit to the people of the American Continent. I cannot read of Him blessing the little children during this visit without being overcome by the Spirit. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Holly
This is one of the most compassionate doctrines of the Gospel in my opinion. If we don't accept the Gospel of Jesus Christ and go through His necessary ordinances in this life, we are given another chance in the next life. Heavenly Father loves us so much that He allows us to be baptized by proxy for one another, on behalf of one another. It is then our choice if we accept that baptism or not, but either way, the work is done, so that we may have that choice. Just as it is our choice whether or not to accept the Savior's atonement for us, it is our choice to accept ordinances done for us. To me, baptisms for the dead are an example of how much our Father in Heaven cares for us and wants us to return home to Him. Show more Show less