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Hi I'm Wendy

I am active, outdoorsy, book lover, wanna be crafter, mother of 3. And yup, I'm a mormon.

About Me

The gospel, like my family is a big part of who I am. I was raised in the church, but that doesn't mean I haven't done my part gaining my own testimony of it, or understanding my place in this world. I, like most, have ups and downs, times where I shine and times I want to hide away from everything. But something always brings me back to my relationship with God and how that relates directly to my happiness and purpose. I find doing things that I love keep me sane among 3 crazy kids whom, I adore. Some of those include, hiking, camping, basketball, soccer, running, refurbishing things, home decor crafts, pinterest/blogs, being outside and hanging out with my, now grown, brothers and sisters. My guilty pleasure is reading a sappy good book that critics probably hate cause they are predictable and cheesy. My husband of 10 years is amazing, yet human :). We learn together and laugh together. He's more funny than anyone would believe and I am truly blessed to have someone that I can share that "Jim from the office look" when we see the outrageously funny things in life. I try my best to do whats right, but often get sucked into things that don't matter or being too critical of myself as a mother and wife. But times like this remind me life is real and to be learned from. I find attitude is everything and a positive one can go a very long way... (Oh yea, and when I write, I tend to be a bit wordy.....:)

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? What a great introspective question. I could easily say it is a result of being born in the church, marrying a man from my same faith and remaining in it because it provides a positive environment for my kids. But LETS BE HONEST, there is no way my commitment to a church that is so widely criticized, and that all too often takes me out of my comfort zone by giving me chances to serve and stretch me spiritually, could be anything more than the fact that deep down, somehow, I have been blessed with a rooted knowledge that this is Jesus Christ's church today.....that I am doing what he would have me do if he were standing in front of me asking me in person. I am a Mormon, because I have felt the truth and reality of God's work through an organization that teaches us to love those around us and yet encourages us to repent and try again when we fail to do so. I am a Mormon because the doctrine is true and true even when all the members may not be. We are not all perfect, even within the church, but its nice to know that if we all lived the counsel of our prophet we'd be darn close to it. I am a Mormon cause I feel power when I listen to a literal modern prophet speak, read that so closely scrutinized Book of Mormon, or pray to know that this is the restored gospel Jesus Christ set up when he was on the earth. And although I had hundreds of influential people tell me why or how they knew these truths growing up, there comes a time when it's your choice whether you take your family to church, whether you decided to teach them what your parents taught you, or whether you will believe. There is no way to borrow the knowledge that comes through deeply personal experiences that leave you with such spiritual certainty that this is the church of God. And if there is true church of God, I want to be a part of it. Although I don't know why I was blessed to have been born in it, I want to make sure I am a part of the few sharing my testimony of it.

How I live my faith

Right now I volunteer my time to put together an annual summer girls camp for the girls 12-18 in my ward (a ward is a geographical boundary set up by the church...basically our surrounding neighborhood). While at camp we help the girls certify in things like knot tying, building campfires, first aid, emergency situations etc. But no, camping is not every girls cup of "hot chocolate" (Mormons dont drink tea you know :) so we try to incorporate fun activities as well like secret sister gifts, unity building games or experiences, card games, nail polish, crafts and a lot of junk food! Ultimately though, girls camp is a way for girls to leave their home and develop a testimony of Jesus Christ through friendships and experiences that they can take back or apply symbolically to their lives. At the end of each girls camp we give the girls a chance to bear their testimonies about what they know and what they are trying to understand about their place in the world and the gospel. It is a powerful experience for everyone attending. The girls attending are all at different stages and ages in their knowledge of the gospel but benefit by coming together, being silly and strengthening their commitment to Christ.