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Hi I'm Phoenix

I'm a Mormon. I am a mother of 5 kids and I love it.

About Me

I usually describe my life by saying "I've have the textbook Mormon life". I was raised in a small town in Canada, played sports, milked a cow, took piano lessons and baked lots of chocolate chip cookies. Then my family moved to a larger city in the US where I played sports, worked part-time and hung out with friends. I went to college in Utah, ran marathons (including Boston) served a mission in Spain, got married to a wonderful man in an LDS temple, graduated from a masters program in marriage and family therapy, have 5 kids, home school, workout and occasionally sew and bake bread. There's a lot of LDS women who fit a similar description and so sometimes I feel like just another face in the crowd, but I'm ok with that because of my faith in Jesus Christ. I know that my true identity isn't how I look or what I do. My true identity is a daughter of a loving Father in heaven who is here on earth learning and growing and trying her best to stay connected to my Father so that I can be worthy of regaining His presence one day.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the church but just like everyone I have had to search and question and decide for myself what I believe and what I want and how to best get that. I can remember having many experiences with prayer where I knew God was communicating with me, that he knew me personally and loved me. I never questioned God's existence nor the truthfulness of the churches teachings because of those experiences. There have also been countless times while reading from the scriptures, both the Bible and Book of Mormon, that I have felt the witness of the Holy Ghost testify that the teachings are true. It's the same feeling I receive when praying. Because I know God lives, and that he speaks to us through scripture, including the Book of Mormon, I know Joseph Smith is a prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is God's church. I am a Mormon because that's what God wants for me and it's what gives me peace, happiness and direction.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live my faith by how I raise my family. We read together from the scriptures daily and discuss how the teachings apply to our lives today. We pray together, giving thanks for our blessings and asking for help as needed. We prioritize how we spend our time based on the teachings of a living prophet and apostles. We look for opportunities to help and serve other people, whether it's in our own family or friend or neighbors. We talk a lot about forgiveness as we are a very normal family and make a lot of mistakes and then we try to start over and do better. As my husband and I volunteer our time to serve in the church we explain to our kids that we do these things because that's our whole purpose here on earth - to love, to serve, to make a difference in others lives. I hope when my life is over there will be no question that I was a Christian who wanted nothing more than to love God and to love my fellow man, and that my kids will do the same.