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In my free time, I like to read books, mostly classics and nonfiction, and I blog about what I'm reading. I also enjoy learning to cook, for the most part, and find a successful meal quite satisfying at the end of the cooking process. I also like taking photographs, both of my son and landscape photography. In college, I studied English, with a focus in editing. I worked as a proofreader for a few years, and now I'm able to stay home with my preschool-aged son. I met my husband on a blind date a few years after I graduated college. I've had the chance to live in a few different countries: Bolivia for a summer, Jerusalem for a study abroad, and most recently Australia, where my son was born. Now, I'm back in the Chicago area, where I grew up.
I am a Mormon because I know that God's guidance helps make navigating life a bit easier. It certainly is less lonely! I know He has a purpose for me on the earth, and I know that He knows about me. The gospel of Jesus Christ puts everything about life into perspective for me.
Ultimately, Mormons go on missions because they want to! They want to serve others, they want to obey God, and they want to share what they know to be true with others. When I was 21 years old, I prayed to know if I should go on a mission. I wanted to go, but every time I prayed about it, I didn't feel it was the right thing for me. A year later, I was a few months short of college graduation and getting ready to start a career when, in the middle of a religious meeting, I felt an overwhelming feeling. I knew it was from my Heavenly Father and He was telling me to go on a mission. I left for my mission a few months after I graduated. I had great religious experiences on my mission, and I felt my testimony of God and His love for me grow. Overall, though, going on mission for me was about learning to obey God in His time frame. My mission experiences taught me that He knew what I was going through, and He helped me. I learned to serve and grow through that service.
I know Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, and I respect and revere him for his faith and sacrifice. As a young man, he had the faith to seek an answer to his question by going to God in prayer. His example teaches me to approach God with faith as well. I know my prayers will be answered. Throughout his life, Joseph Smith endured persecution for his spiritual experiences. His example in steadfastness even amidst persecution teaches me what it means to live what I believe. I am so grateful that he persevered because today I am blessed with the fullness of the gospel on the earth, including the priesthood, temples, The Book of Mormon, and most importantly, an understanding of the gospel of Jesus Christ.
I lead the music in church meetings on Sundays. Each month, I also visit other women in their homes as a part of our visiting teaching program.