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Hi I'm Wendy.

I grew up all over the United States. I am still learning what I am capable of. I am a Mormon.

About Me

Hobbies: Creating, Exploring, Running, Thrift store shopping, Eating healthy. Hanging out with my Kids. Dating my Husband. "Dare to be different" has been a running theme throughout my life: Growing up, I was almost always the new kid, there were more kids in my family than most, I didn't swear or watch the same movies as my friends, and I went to religious classes every morning. I didn't even drink the same things as my friends. Now we are raising our kids the same way: We have moved a lot. We have a big family. Swearing is out of the question. We are careful about the shows we watch. We don't even eat the same as most, even among Mormons! I believe being different has made us stronger. By standing out, it makes others ask us why we do what we do and sometimes sets us up to be teased or at least judged by others. That isn't always easy! I had to decide for myself if those choices were important enough to me to stick to them, despite wanting to "fit in". More about me? I am learning that I can do hard things... like surviving many miscarriages, making major dietary changes, overcoming shyness, taming an eating disorder, running a 25 K, battling perfectionism, raising 5 kids with their own unique needs and turning a failing marriage into something amazing. My family is what I live for.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is TRUE! I have undeniably had the Spirit testify to me, on several occasions, about many principles of the gospel. This testimony did not come easily. Most of my testimony was solidified during the most traumatic times of my life. I had to pray and study and ponder and write and take a leap of faith on many occasions, and then cling to this new faith when the trials of life threaten to crush it. God has used many avenues to speak to my spirit in ways that I would recognize Him and be receptive. I know I wouldn't have the testimony that I have, had I not been seeking the truth. I am so grateful for my Savior, and the Atonement and the potential my family has of being together in the Eternities. I am thankful for the beauty of the Earth, angels placed in my life and scriptures and music. God has used all of these things to speak to my spirit in ways that I could understand. This testimony is what has gotten me through the challenges I've had to face. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through the little things. I try to keep Christ in my mind throughout the day, through simple prayers and considering what He would do. Sometimes inspiration comes. When it does, I usually have to pray for the ability to carry out those promptings. I say the 'thank you' prayers not only for the help that God sends, but also for the inspiration to act in the first place, because those experiences are always the ones that make me grow the most. Other little things: Our family eats dinner together and prays for a blessing on our food. We read one page of scripture a day together. We have kneeling family prayer. We get ourselves to church. I attend the Church's Addiction Recovery Program, whenever I can. We hold a family night at least once a week. I try to be a friend. I listen to music that strengthens me. It really is the little things that keep me sane and help me feel peace in the chaos of being a momma and wife and person in this crazy world. Don't think for a second that I have the perfect life. I KNOW I need the Atonement, for all the big and little mistakes and for all the times I fail to do what I should have done... what I could have done, but didn't. I am so grateful for Jesus Christ and that his grace makes up the difference when I don't live up to my responsibilities, as long as I don't give up.