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Hi I'm Paige

I'm a wife, a mother, a lover of the arts, a singer, a cook, and a Mormon!

About Me

Right now, the most prominent part of my life is the fact that I'm going to be a mom in just a few more weeks! I married my wonderful husband about a year and a half ago, and our first child (a boy!) is due in May. I grew up in an incredible family, and they continue to influence me every day. As the oldest of nine children, I am something of a second mom to the youngest kids in the family - a position that blessed me with the opportunity to learn how to raise children side-by-side with my wonderful mother. My family is very musical - my Dad teaches choir at the local university, and between all of us we have two cellists, five pianists, two organists, a harpist, a budding violinist, a ukeleleist, and an accordionist, and everyone sings! In college, I continued singing, acting, and cooking (all life-long passions) and discovered my love for philosophy, art history, literary theory, and languages. After graduating with a bachelor's degree, I served as a full-time missionary in the Texas Houston East mission (T.H.E. mission of the church!), and I miss the south, y'all!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to Mormon parents and raised in an active Mormon home. As a young child and continuing into my teenage years, I wondered frequently whether I was an active Mormon just to please my family. Did I actually believe that this is God's restored church on the earth today, or did I just say that to avoid disappointing my parents? My senior year of high school was a turning point in my life, including my faith. My family went through some very difficult experiences, including the death of my infant sister, my sister's broken engagement, and my own depression and eating disorder. That year stripped my personal beliefs down to the bare minimum - everything that wasn't truly my own belief, that was borrowed from my parents and my friends, disappeared. As painful and confusing as it was to be left with virtually nothing, looking back I can see that it gave me a much-needed opportunity to build my faith for myself, which I began to do in the years following it. God knew that I needed the chance to start over, to find my faith for myself, not for someone else. Now, almost a decade after those life-shattering months, and with many hours of praying, pondering, and studying His doctrine, I know for myself that this, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, is indeed God's restored church on the earth today. I am not a Mormon just because I was born and raised as one, or just to please other people - I am a Mormon because I want to be, and I know this is where God wants me to be.

How I live my faith

The most important way that I live my faith is the things that I do on a regular basis. I go to church every week, study the scriptures and pray to my Father in Heaven daily, and attend the temple often. I know that it is because I strive to make my faith an active part of my daily life that I have the opportunity to feel Lord's presence on a daily basis. One of my favorite ways to live my faith right now is by doing family history. A lot of my direct-line ancestors are well-documented already, but with the tools available online now (familysearch.org, puzzilla.org, ancestry.com, and tons of others), I've been able to learn more about the lives of the people who came before me via historical documents and records, and I've been able to find and link many cousins and extended relatives into my family tree. Of course, it always seems easier to live my faith when life is going well. I've also had to learn how to live my faith and trust in God's promptings in times of darkness. Last year, my husband and I felt strong spiritual promptings to start having children, and after much prayer and discussion, we decided to go ahead and begin that journey. Because of the urgency we felt and the strength of the spiritual prompting, I never expected that we would have any difficulty. However, my first two pregnancies ended in miscarriage - one at 6 weeks and the next at 10 weeks. I was devastated, and confused. Why would God make me feel so strongly that I needed to have a baby, only to allow me to lose two pregnancies in a row? I still don't know - maybe I'll never understand. I just know that Heavenly Father gave me the strength to carry on; even after two losses, I couldn't shake the feeling that we couldn't wait to have children, and so we kept trying. I couldn't have acted on that prompting and lived my faith in that way if it hadn't been for the love I felt from God, and the strength He gave me.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Paige
Quite simply, Jesus Christ does. The prophet is not chosen by popular vote, he does not buy his title with large donations, and the title is not inherited according to lineage. When the prophet dies, the next prophet is chosen according to the inspired pattern established by Jesus Christ: the senior Apostle in the leadership of the church is called as the new prophet. Show more Show less

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Paige
The message shared by missionaries is centered on our Savior, Jesus Christ. It is about God's plan for all of us to find lasting peace and joy in this life and in the eternities. It is a powerful message that will change your life, if you choose to accept and act upon it. Missionaries will not force you to do anything, nor do they expect anything for themselves in return. However, they will invite you to make and keep commitments to learn more about our Heavenly Father's plan for you and to bring increased happiness and purpose into your life. Show more Show less