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Hi I'm Amy Thackeray

I'm a mother of 5 children, living with Crohns disease and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a 36 year old mother with 5 children; living with Crohns disease can be a real challenge. I was diagnosed with Crohns via biopsy in 2002 after a bowel obstruction in my lower illieum. When ever a diagnosis of something uncureable, like Crohns disease happens; you analyze your life and ponder your future. You wonder not only about your health, but how Crohns will affect your children and family. You've unknowingly lived with this disease and are releaved to finally have some answers but a healthy and active future can seem very bleak and perhaps impossible. Feelings of anger, guilt, lonliness, depression and mortality often come with the diagnosis that need to be dealt with also. Above all, you wonder if you'll be able to meet not only your needs, but handle the demands that being a wife and mother require.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because of the way it's principles and ordinances help me truly know and develop a strong strong relationship with my Savior Jesus Christ. This knowledge and understanding enables me to have direction and peace as I live me life; especially during the times when life is chaotic and the future uncertain. Living in the light of the Gospel brings peace, happiness, stability and direction.

How I live my faith

Over time, I have learned the many things I need to do to take care of my body. Not just my physical body, but nourish my spirit as well. Every day I read the scriptures and pray that Heavenly Father will give me the strength to do what is asked. Not to take away or remove my struggles, instead I ask Him to comfort and sustain me. I have come to learn over time, that the greater interest I place in my personal relationship with Him, the more Heavenly Father lifts me. The difficulties and struggles I deal with give me greater compassion, spiritual knowledge and growth and above all gratitude. I am able to recognize His hand in my life and appreciate how these experiences have helped my faith grow. In an effort to demonstrate my gratitude, I try to live my life in a way that reflects and honors. Heavenly Father. Each week, I have the opportunity to teach a religion class at the State Prison. Every time I enter the prison, I see Gods infinite love manifest in innumerable ways. I am constantly reminded of His never-ending efforts to reclaim us and bring us near to Him so we can feel the peace, guidance and love He freely offers.

Why is it important for us to take care of our bodies? Why are our bodies called temples of God in the Bible?

Amy Thackeray
The greatest of all God’s creation, His children, our Father in Heaven choose to create last; after the plants and above the animals. Our Father saved the very best of all His handiwork, you and I, for last. What a supreme compliment to know how much we mean to God. I have learned that one of the greatest challenges in life is learning how to control our physical body. We choose which part of our soul, our spirit or our physical body will have the strongest influence over us all the time. We learn in the New Testament that we are “bought with a price.” (1st Corinthians 6:20) Our Savior, Jesus Christ lived a perfect life and willingly sacrificed His own life that we can become clean and return to live with Him again. What we do with our bodies, and His sacrifice, matters. I believe the way we treat our bodies is a reflection of our gratitude for the Savior’s Atonement. We can learn to respect, honor and cherish our physical bodies with His help. It’s never too late to change or improve. The peace, happiness and comfort we feel are valuable gifts we can enjoy all throughout our life. Show more Show less