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Hi I'm Alice

I'm the mom of eight and I think it's great. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I loved growing up in a large family. My sisters were my best friends. As a child I loved to sing, and dance and write poetry. As I grew older I loved being involved in gymnastics, musicals, student council, orchestra, and choir. In college, I discovered that I loved ballroom dance. I also love to teach children and recieved my teaching degree. I served a mission in Singapore and Thailand. This brought both challenging and joyful experiences that strengthened my faith in Christ. I enjoyed sharing my beliefs with others. After returning home, I also found teaching school to be both a challenge and a joy. I married my best friend, and after our first child was born, I chose to be at home. This was an important decision. I have learned a lot about myself and about being a parent. I am now the mother of 8 children ages 3-19. We have moved several times with my husband's work throughout the Midwest. I currently homeschool our younger children. I have two children in middle school, two in highschool and my oldest child is in college. I still love to sing, dance, and write poetry. I have also discovered other hobbies such as gardening. I love the sunshine and I love watching things grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always attended The Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints. When I turned eight, I had the opportunity to be baptized. I remember sitting at the foot of my parents bed and asking, 'How do I know the church is true?' My wonderful Dad opened the scriptures and taught me through the scriptures how to tell if something was good and from God. As I grew older and faced new challenges, I again turned to my Dad who helped me gain the courage to sincerely pray. Not to merely pray about things as I had been doing, but to ask questions and to listen for answers. Dad strengthened my wavering faith, first praying with me, then encouraging me to pray privately. I learned for myself that Heavenly Father knew me, loved me, and would answer my prayers. Throughout my youth, my Mom's example showed me about faith. How to put beliefs into actions. She lived the gospel. She would send us across the street with dinner for older neighbors who had no children of their own. She taught us the value of hard work and self reliance. We helped garden, bottle food, and make bread. She included us in these activities knowing that it is through doing that we learn for ourselves. The magic was not in the work itself, but in my mom's ability to laugh while working. You may ask why I share all of these details. The reason is my parents never forced me to be a Mormon. They merely set the example and taught me what was right. As an example, once I had a gymnastics meet on Sunday. Instead of telling me what to do, they asked me what I wanted to do. They invited me to make correct choices, but left the choice to me. They have encouraged, enticed, and invited me to learn for myself that this is the gospel of Jesus Christ. I know for myself that it is true, because I have read the scriptures and felt the Lord's comfort and guidance. I have prayed for answers and have recieved them. I have tried to live the gospel and have seen the blessings it has brought into my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to apply gospel principles to parenting. I look for the ways Jesus taught and served others, and try to do that in my home. The Savior willingly, and without complaint, did for me what I can not do for myself. His atonement and sacrifice was done because of love. His motive was love and concern for our welfare. I try to show a small portion of this love through doing for my children what that they can not do for themselves. For infants, that includes feeding, diapering, and caring for all their physical needs. At times, it has required that I sacrifice sleep, time and energy. I try to willingly serve them with love as my motivation. Christ has set the example and given me opportunities to choose to follow Him. I am trying to be a good example for my children, I am trying to live a life worthy of emulating. Jesus is kind. He went about doing good. He made it possible for me to improve and be forgiven when I make a mistake. I try to be kind and helpful within the home, encouraging others, trying to focus on their efforts, and striving to be quick to forgive. I know that I can always turn to God in prayer. He is always willing to listen to my worries, fears, and frustrations. I never feel like I am intruding or being a bother when I pray. So I try to be available for my children when they want to talk. I hope that I can help them feel my love. Sometimes I do get busy, and I'm not available for them immediately, but I try to make time for them. I hope that they never feel I am too busy for them. I try to include my children in doing and living gospel principles with me. I also live my faith by serving in church assignments. I currently enjoy teaching and singing songs about our Savior Jesus Christ with the children in their Sunday classes. Other activities include an opportunity to help encourage self reliance, and to spend time with the youth at girls camp. My faith in Christ is my motivation for how I try to live.