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Hi I'm Abby Hicks

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and designer who tries to find joy in each day...and I am a Mormon!

About Me

My life is super full with family and fun! About thirteen years ago I became a magician-mother as I blended two large families into one! My husband an I raised our eleven children together, with lots of laughter, tears, and joy. We now have six married children with five beautiful grandchildren...who are the joy of our lives), and three busy teenage boys left at home. In my spare time :) I work as a designer of embroidery and quilt patterns and spend my mornings studying history at a local university. My favorite things are hanging out with my family, sewing, creating new recipes, hiking, caring for my chickens, reading historical novels, researching family histories, and finding the perfect piece at flea markets....but my most favorite "thing" is the challenge to find the joy in the everyday things around me!

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel of Jesus Christ and my testimony of it are the only things that helped me to survive a not so "joyous" life. I often wondered if there was someone who loved me and what my purpose was...mostly why my life wasn't what I thought it should have been. In my teenage years we lived near the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, NY. I would walk into that woods many time during the week seeking to feel peace. It was a beautiful private place where I would read my scriptures, think, write and pray. I said many prayers there seeking to know if I mattered...if God knew me or if I had been forgotten here on earth. One particular prayer I poured my heart out to God asking if he knew me, if I mattered to Him, and if what I had been learning about the church was true. I prayed as if I was crying on the shoulders of a father....not the formal prayers I usually said. It was a prayer of desperation from a broken hearted girl. After a while in the peace of those woods, I received to my mind and heart a peace like I had never felt before. It felt like a warm blanket being placed over my shoulders and around me. I knew that God was listening, that He loved me dearly, and that the questions I was seeking mattered to him. I knew that the church that I had been learning about and the scriptures that I had been reading were His truths. I have had many ups and downs in my life since that beautiful fall day in the Sacred Grove. There have been times that I didn't know how I would make it to another day, but I have remembered the answers to my prayer and know that God lives and loves us and that there is a plan for happiness. I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ has given us the gift of restoration through the atonement and that all sorrows, fears, losses, and sins can be healed and forgiven through Him. These truths have brought me comfort, peace and joy throughout my life.

How I live my faith

The greatest moments of joy for me are when I am able to do something for someone else. With our large family it seems there are opportunities to serve everyday :)...but I try to help my children see the blessings in their lives by serving others. It can be a challenge to help a teenager to think about others...but I am hoping it rubs off a little. We spend our evenings reading together, with each child taking a turn sharing a inspirational thought or scripture and writing in a gratitude journal the things that were blessings to them that day. I try to find different charities that our family can get involved with to help them see the needs of others and feel joy in giving. I love to teach the youth and children so I am very blessed to teach the 10 year old children! They make me smile every Sunday and see the simple truths of the gospel!

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Abby Hicks
I would have to say that the Mormon "lifestyle" is focused on joy! Our family is super busy with work, school, sports, church, etc. but our best times are when we are together sharing an inspirational thought, story, or when we serve others. I came from a broken home and loved the emphasis that the Mormon church placed on families....because that is where my greatest joy is found! Show more Show less