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Hi I'm Holly

I feel lucky that I have been able to say my entire life "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

My life has not been perfect during my 46 years, but I know that without the gospel of Jesus Christ it would have been so much more difficult. I married young and was happy to be a young mom. But at 26 I found myself a single mom of two with a failed business on top of everything else. I was discouraged and disappointed, but I knew that the Lord still loved my little family. I felt prompted to move my family to Utah despite the love & support I had in my hometown. There I found a great job and met my wonderful husband James who had also felt prompted to move there at the same time. I wish I could say we have lived happily ever after every day since, but real life isn't a fairy tale! We now have five great, interesting children with lots of activities and fun and challenges. We have built a business together and have been blessed to be able to help those around us as a way to pay it forward to all those who have blessed our lives. I love to travel and we are planning the trip of a lifetime to the 2012 London Olympics this summer. We are also going to visit where my husband served his mission in Spain and attend church in Europe where our kids can see that no matter where you go the gospel is true and that people everywhere care about the same things that we do. I seek opportunities for them to realize how fortunate we are to have the gospel and all the blessings it has brought us.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the church as teenagers so I am only a second generation member. I liked going to church growing up but was not truly converted until I went to college at BYU. There I truly prayed to know for myself that the gospel was true. I gained a foundational belief which has grown incrementally during the years through prayer, experience, church service and scripture study. I believe that Christ lived. I believe that He set apart apostles while he was on the earth. I believe that he gave them God's power through the priesthood he endowed upon them. I believe that all of this was lost during the dark ages. I know that He restored that power through the gospel to Joseph Smith in the 1800's. I have been to the sacred grove in New York where he was visited by two heavenly beings, God the Father and his Son. I know that later Joseph Smith translated the Book of Mormon. It has been a great comfort to me along with the Bible. I am so grateful that we have a living prophet on this earth just like there was in the Old Testament. His name is Thomas Monson and I believe that he loves, warns and guides all people according to the will of the Lord. I know that I can also receive personal revelation for myself and my family. I believe that I will live again after this life with my family and the Savior because of His grace and love.

How I live my faith

One of my favorite parts about the church is the opportunity all women have to be members of the Relief Society. It's an old fashioned name but a modern day opportunity to serve after the manner of the Savior. We have three purposes within the Relief Society. We strive to help strengthen families, increase our faith in Jesus Christ and help others to do the same and provide relief in our communities. We have no paid clergy within our congregations so volunteer work is essential to running our programs. As I have served in the Relief Society I have been able to use my talents in a way that makes me feel more connected to others and the Savior. I love these aspects of the church.