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Hi I'm Colleen

I am a Michigander, a wife, a mother, and a program assistant at a local college. I love cake decorating & photography.

About Me

In a lot of ways I am a typical 25 year old. I like to go out with friends, see movies, listen to music, cook, take pictures and be crafty. However in a few important ways I have experienced things that not many people my age have. Typically a 25 year old has not been happily married for 7 years. Typically a 25 year old does not find their significant other when they are 14. Typically a 25 year old does not already have 2 children. Typically a 25 year old has not gone through a young unexpected pregnancy and then has had to struggle with infertility. Typically a 25 year old does not have to work to support a family. A typical 25 year old may think that all of these things somehow make my life burdensome, or of lesser quality. However, through faith in my Savior Jesus Christ and in his atonement I have come to understand how "all these things shall give thee experience, and shall be for thy good" (Doctrine and Covenants 122:7). I have had trials, I have had to work hard and sacrifice, but through these things have come the greatest blessings in my life: my husband, my children, and my testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. In many ways I am not a typical 25 year old, but I have a Heavenly Father who I know loves me just for that reason. I know His hand has been in my life up to this point, and I know He will continue to guide me as I put my trust in Him.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I was born into it, however that I not why I have stayed a Mormon. I grew up in a part member household. My father is a Mormon, but my mother is not. As a teen I also watched both of my siblings fall away from the church. It was not always easy for me to keep my faith and standards when the closest people around me were not always keeping theirs. As a teen I was lucky enough to be surrounded by great youth in my ward that encouraged me to keep attending church. My testimony and conversion to the gospel really solidified when at 18 I realized that I was about to start a family and marry the person I loved the most. Even though I wanted these things in my life, I was not expecting them to happen so quickly. I was on a path I had not planned. I found myself needing to exercise more faith and trust in the Lord. As I learned more about Christ's atonement, and through humble repentance I found a greater increase of peace, hope and happiness in my life. These things have been the foundation that has carried me to this point in my life and has seen me through my other trials. Everything else that I continue to learn about this Gospel just builds upon that testimony.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is through service in the church. I have had experience serving the children, the youth (12-18) as well as the women of the church. Each of these experiences has taught me something new about myself and has shown me the incredible love that our Heavenly Father has for all of his children. I have grown closer to him through doing this work. I think the most important way I live my faith is through the small and simple things I try to do in my everyday life. I try to put aside time each day to read from the Bible or Book of Mormon, and to pray to my Heavenly Father to understand his purpose for me and to ask for guidance. I try to seek out opportunities to be more Christ-like in love and service to other people and I try to teach these things to my children.