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I've been happily married for 32 years and have 4 daughters and one son, who unfortunately died at childbirth. But, I know I will see him again and will raise him after this life. That's one of the great things about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I have a Masters of Music, in organ performance, but I've never played the Tabernacle organ. (Sigh) I have lived in this town for 31 years, where my husband is a teacher at the local high school.
I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because it is the only true church on the earth. I could go on about the wonderful programs the church has, but the Church of Jesus Christ is Christ's church. I don't have "a" conversion story as such, as my testimony has been building all my life. I have wonderful parents who taught me about the gospel, and I have read the scriptures and prayed about my testimony often. My husband and children have helped build my testimony, too. I'm a very logical person, and I can give logical reasons as to why the earth needed Joseph Smith, and why the LDS church is true, but those aren't the reasons why I love the LDS church. I love the LDS church because it teaches the gospel of Jesus Christ, as Jesus Christ wants it to be taught. There are prophets on the earth today who have the authority of Jesus Christ, and they are only found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Hope is knowing something is there for you, even when you don't see physical evidence of it. There's a saying that "hope is the bird that sings when it is still dark before the dawn." I know Jesus Christ lives, even though I haven't seen him. I know there is a resurrection even though I've never seen a resurrected person. I have had some depression in my life. During the time before diagnosis, I would get, well, depressed about life. The only thing that kept me going during these times was the hope of a better life, the hope of not hurting so much in the hereafter. Since my diagnosis, I have felt better physically, but my hope for other things has grown. I will be with my family, including my son who died.
When our daughters were young, my husband and I would have a devotional each morning. We would read scriptures, especially the Book of Mormon each day, then have a family prayer. This was easy to do during the school year, as my husband is a teacher, but during the summer, it was a bit more difficult. I could see the difference in our home during the summer. We were not as unified in purpose and definitely not as loving as during the school year. Having that time to read and pray together made a huge difference in our lives.
I'm currently the pianist in our children's group, the Primary. I enjoy sharing my talents very much. I've been a teacher for both the adult's Sunday School, and the women's organization, the Relief Society. I love Visiting Teaching, where I meet with a partner each month and visit several women in our ward. I've become close to each of these women and have grown in my testimony through these visits.