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I am a wife, a mother of five and a life enthusiast. I am the founder of a website that connects people worldwide through their love of creative expression and storytelling. I love trees and mountains and I collect sprinkles, which I believe should be used liberally on just about anything!
I am a Mormon because I was born to faithful parents who taught me about the life and teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ. I was taught early to love, honor and abide by patterns of righteous living that began generations ago when my ancestors embraced the gospel of Jesus Christ and made great sacrifices to live it. I am a Mormon because I have felt the Spirit or the Holy Ghost testify to my heart numerous times that God lives, that He sent his son Jesus Christ to redeem us and that both God the father and Jesus Christ appeared to Joseph Smith and through him restored all the doctrines and ordinances we need to be happy now and be with our families in eternity. I am a Mormon because living the gospel makes me happy and helps me navigate my daily life in a time of great uncertainty and shifting values.
My family is far from perfect. But I take great comfort in knowing that the very best way I can teach and prepare my children for life is to teach them that they are children of God and that they can actually develop a relationship with Him. When we learn to feel God's love in our lives and come to know of His personal interest in our happiness, then we can develop a trust in Him and develop a personal confidence that is not shaken by the influence and pressures of the world in which we live. As my children have grown to feel accountable to God for their decisions and actions, I have seen them course correct and grow into wonderful human beings who desire to contribute to our family and our community. We try to pray as a family and to spend a few minutes in collective scripture reading everyday and this always brings a feeling of love and harmony into our home -- even if there was a feeling of contention a few moments earlier. I think that is amazing!
I live my faith by example and through teaching. I'm not perfect, but I try my best everyday to make good decisions. I believe I am accountable to my Heavenly Father for the time, energy and talents He has granted me. I strive to teach my children and others that the way to find daily happiness and lasting joy is by following our Savior Jesus Christ. When we are filled with gratitude and awareness and work to develop personal integrity, then keeping God's commandments is easy. I currently serve as Sunday School teacher to youth who are 12 and 13. I LOVE this calling. It isn't always easy to keep my students' attention--but I thrill to see their eyes when something clicks and when they feel the Spirit testifying to their hearts. We are studying what we call The Plan of Salvation or the answers to the questions, Where did I come from? Why am I here? and What happens after this life? It is truly amazing to discuss with kids (on the brink of independence) the 'big picture' of their life and their eternal potential.