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Hi I'm Hillary

I'm a mother, wife, and part-time legal professional who was born in Michigan and raised in Montana. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Besides my "real life" responsibilities, gardening and writing fanfiction are my current favorite hobbies. I'm the oldest of four kids and the mother of two beautiful children, a tween son who has autism and an elementary-school-age daughter who is a delightful drama queen. My husband and I have been married for fifteen years and I'm pleased to say our marriage has successfully weathered many trials: unemployment, underemployment, physical disability, developmental disability, mental illness, pregnancy hormones, and living with the in-laws. When it comes to education, I did things a little backwards, earning a BA in English from BYU more than ten years ago and then recently going back to school to earn an associates degree in Paralegal Studies from UVU. Currently, I work part-time as a contract paralegal.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because the gospel of Jesus Christ makes a hard life easier. My struggles might be insignificant compared to others', but to me they have been very real, very personal challenges. Two in particular stand out in my mind as reasons why I cherish my life-long membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the faith and spiritual strength I find in it. After weaning my daughter, I suffered from severe clinical depression. It is not an exaggeration to say that my faith in Jesus Christ, my certainty that He lives and loves me even though I could not feel it at the time, saved my life. I hope that I never again have to face a darkness so deep, but come what may, I know I am safe in God's hands. The other challenge is one that will outlive me. When he was three years old, my son was diagnosed with autism. I don't know if it's possible to articulate the grief a parent feels at something like that. Things parents assume their children will do -- speak, write, use the bathroom independently, attend birthday parties, graduate high school, fall in love -- suddenly are cast into doubt. In one Sunday worship service after the autism diagnosis, I was sitting with my children during the celebration of the Lord's Supper. As I pondered those sacred symbols, I understood with sudden clarity that the atonement, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ wasn't just the most profound event in human history; it was and is the power to heal both my son and me. Because Jesus laid down his life and took it up again, my son will one day be resurrected with a perfect body. Because He suffered and bled for me, Jesus can and will forgive my sins and comfort me in my sorrows. It is my earnest belief that, also through God's grace, our family can be together forever. Knowing these things, I have the hope and courage I need to cheerfully make it through the trials and joys of raising both my special son and amazing daughter.

How I live my faith

In my congregation, I'm the Cub Scout den mother for the 9-year-old boys. They are a handful, and I love working with them! Like many Mormon women, I'm also a 'visiting teacher' who ministers to and befriends several other women in the congregation. I consider it a privilege and sacred obligation to strengthen my spiritual sisters and am happy to be ministered to by them in turn. The Mormon church also encourages its members to be active participants in government, though it doesn't endorse candidates or platforms. With that encouragement in mind, I regularly vote in local, state, and federal elections and have even spoken before committees in both houses of the state legislature on issues related to autism such as education and insurance reform.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are by nature like any other group of women with diverse talents, personalities, and lifestyles. The equality of men and women is not only a teaching of our faith but a critical tenet of one of our core beliefs (that families are eternal). Both men and women bring unique personal and spiritual gifts to the table, so to speak, and families, the Church, and society at large are diminished if there's not a strong partnership between both genders. Show more Show less