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Hi I'm Holli

I am the lucky full-time mother of three beautiful boys. I love music, art, swimming and the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have three adorable boys. It has been such a wonderful experience to have the opportunity to be a full-time mother. Every day is exciting because for them, there are so many things to be learned about in this world. I teach two of my curious little boys pre-school, and have really enjoyed helping feed their intellectual curiosity. It is interesting how much little children can teach you about life if you take the time to watch and listen. I grew up in a small town of less than 5,000 people. It was wonderful! After high school I went on to get my bachelor's degree in photography. I have dabbled here and there in it since graduating. Some of my other interests include music. I play the piano and love to sing. I also really like swimming and camping. I really feel a connection to nature and enjoy being outdoors. Most of my hobbies are just that, and do not claim to be expert in them, but thoroughly entertained by them. One surprise while getting my art degree was finding that I enjoy wood working. That is something I hope to include in my hobbies for the future. In recent years I have taken up preserving meats and fruits. I make delicious canned chicken, bottled peaches and homemade applesauce. My most recent hobby is learning to provide a whole foods menu for my family. I have learned to make all kinds of healthy and delicious recipes and planted my first garden in an effort to support our healthy eating habits.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon due to the great joy and peace I find through living as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have been a Mormon all my life, but my testimony had to be gained on my own. When I became a teenager I remember really wanting to know for myself whether the church was truly God's church on the earth today. After many prayers and a lot of thinking, I realized with time, that I had always known that this was God's true church. My testimony came a little at a time. I reflected on and continued to have experiences where I felt so good inside. The Spirit was testifying to me that the things I was hearing or learning were true. Over time, I have also learned that a testimony is something to be nurtured. As I try to live according to the things I am taught, I have happiness. I am so grateful for my testimony of this church because the Lord has really helped my husband and I with our family. The church teaches invaluable lessons about how to have a peaceable and happy family. In today's world, it means so much to me to be part of a church that is supportive of my family. As a woman in this church I have a lot of support through the Relief Society, which is the largest women's service group in the world. There I receive assistance and instruction on how to be a better wife, mother and friend. Whatever your life's circumstances may be, the Relief Society helps women to become better people. Something different about Mormons is that we believe our prayers are a direct communication with God. We also believe that we can receive direct answers from God through the Holy Ghost. This knowledge helps me when I have need for direction or correction in my life. I am so grateful to my Savior for his atoning sacrifice. Although it takes work and effort to use the atonement to become renewed and more focused on God, it is totally worth the peace you can have when you know you are clean.

How I live my faith

As a Mormon, there are many opportunities to serve. Currently, I help with compassionate service projects at church. When someone has had a baby, surgery, illness or a death in the family, I help coordinate service on their behalf. This can include arranging meals to be taken to someone's home, arranging car rides to appointments and arranging funeral preparations. I have yet to perform the latter of those categories, but look forward to helping when someone is in need. Another area where I serve is in a watch-care program for the women. Many of the women at church are paired together in a companionship. In these companionships the women visit other women from the church to be sure that they and their families are doing well. The companionship often will share a gospel message and provides service when needed. All of the adult women in the church are part of a service organization. At various times throughout the year we do service projects such as making relief kits for areas that have had natural disasters, donating items to safe houses and sewing quilts for those in need. Other ways that I live my faith include exercises in self improvement. Over this last year I have been learning how to feed my family healthier foods. Part of this effort included planting a garden. This is helping me learn to be more self reliant, which is a teaching within our church. If we can be self reliant, we are better able to help those around us. If times were very lean I could help provide the basic needs for my family, and teach others to do the same. As the mother of three young children, it is easy to become discouraged by the challenges of child rearing. Daily scripture study and prayer help me to stay focused on the things that are most important. My husband and I also involve our children in prayer and scripture study so they will know that following the Savior's teachings is important to happiness in this life.