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I'm a happily married mother of 5, and grandma of 2. I work full-time in an elementary school with special needs children, and love it. Children have so much to teach us. Some of my favorite things to do are: date my husband, read classic old books, and sing. I sing in a large local choir of 150 voices. I love my family, and my favorite holiday is Thanksgiving.
I am a Mormon because everything I have learned about Momon doctrine rings true for me. People can usually tell when something is right for them, and that's how it is for me. I am a Mormon because I have read the Book of Mormon and I have studied it. I've prayed to know the truth of it. God has heard my prayers and let me know in my heart and in my mind that the gospel is the truth of this world.
If you're like me, you pretended to be a princess when you were little. You may have dressed up, put a crown on your head, held a staff in your hand, and sauntered around the room feeling regal. It's fun! You remember the feeling. I was baptized when I was eight years old. I still remember the experience well, because I remember how I felt. I was dressed in white sitting on a pew next to my dad in the chapel of our church. My dad was wearing while too, because he brought me down into the water to perform the actual baptism for me. I was about to have my sins washed away, and I felt sure (in my little 8 year-old mind) that God himself was looking down from heaven on me that day. I was sure he could see me, and he was proud of me. It felt good to think that. You may wonder what sins an 8 year-old has to worry about. But, I had been taught all my life I was responsible for my own thoughts and actions. I was taught that hurtful actions or thoughtless wrong-doing were baby steps on a path that leads down the wrong road. I believe that being baptized is the first step to making it back to live with God when this life ends. I had been taught to expect the best from myself, and to always try to stand as tall on the inside as I could, and be my best self. Everyone makes mistakes. The way to happiness, and an improved version of yourself is through recognizing those mistakes right away, doing what we can to undo the hurt, confess to the wrong in person, or in prayer and keep trying. My baptism made me feel not like a regal, lofty princess, it made me feel elevated and extraordinary. I knew I was on the right path, and that's a good feeling.
I have found that trying to keep everyone happy at the same time is really tricky! A happy home starts with me and my own moods. I cannot expect the kids to get along if I'm always cranky! So, when I see a sour attitude of mine is unintentionally showing, I try to snap myself out of it by smiling, singing, goofing around with the kids, or ask someone to tell me their best joke. It works! Everyone likes a good "knock, knock" joke, am I right? Another key to a happy home is thinking of all the things you have that make you happy. Just start listing them. I'm happy I HAVE a home! It could be as basic as that. Being happy, and having a harmonious home is a chosen attitude. You can do it, it is so worth it.
Being a Mormon means I live my faith everyday, in everything I do. My spirituality is not a separate room in the house of who I am. My faith is the paint on my walls and the floor underfoot. I have made promises to be the best version of myself I can possibly be. That means I look for ways to help others, and be a friend. I try to be as honest as possible. I do my best to follow Jesus' example and love other people. I spend time every month going into the homes of other people who go to my local church where I attend Sunday meetings. We talk about Jesus and visit with each other about everyday things, like raising kids, going to work, and walking the dog. I live my faith by reading the Book of Mormon everyday, and praying throughout the day. I live my faith by remembering the promises I made to God on the day I was baptized, and acting on those promises.