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I'm a stay at home mother of five, just finishing up my Master's Degree via distance studies while teaching my children at home. I'm also an ardent book-lover! Most days you'll find me curled up with a book when not studying or managing the kids. My husband does almost all of the housework around here, because my book addiction, studies, and homeschool leave me little time for things like mopping and laundry, LOL!
My parents introduced me to the Mormon faith when I was very young. As a teen, I was taught in church that I needed to choose my religion based on actual answers received from God, and not just because my parents told me that this was the right church to attend. What followed were several years of intense study, prayer, and pondering. The answers I received were so clear and ironclad that I had to obey them. How could I not? When inspiration strikes so hard that you feel it envelop your entire soul, you actually WANT to obey the commandments and choose the higher road in all that you do. And now, twenty years later, I look back at my life and can still agree--that staying in the Mormon church was the best decision I've ever made! The happiness I now enjoy as the wife of a loving, respectful, and attentive husband stems from my religious choices because I met him at church. The honest, hard-working, and thoughtful children I'm raising are the result of the church teachings that I passed down to them, or that were taught to them in church. Even my career has taken off because people know my standards and realize that they can rely on me for honest, ethical, and hard work! Best of all, *I* am happier, healthier, and spiritually, emotionally, and socially fulfilled because of my religious beliefs and activities. I shudder to think what my marriage, family life, and career would be like right now if I hadn't stayed with this church!
After the passage of time, bad scribes, and self-interested religious councils polluted Christ's original teachings, Joseph Smith was chosen by God to bring to light an unpolluted version of Christ's gospel in the Book of Mormon. By simply reading that book and asking if it is true, I came to know that yes, this IS God's word; a book that will lead me closer to Him. To those who question Joseph Smith's authenticity as a prophet, I ask: do you question the authenticity of prophets like Moses, the young boy Samuel, or Peter, James and John? If you revere Biblical prophets because you have read their words, I challenge you to read Joseph Smith's words and pray about them. Then read the words of ancient American prophets that he translated. Then tall me--do you think a backwoods teen with an equally backwoods education could actually fabricate a book like that? Then ask yourself: with all that the Mormons have done and are doing know, do you think that they are the fruits of a religion that was based on lies and falsehoods? Better yet, ask God. Ask HIM if Joseph Smith was a prophet of God or a fraud. Don't take my word for it! :)
For me, the things I believe are my lifestyle--not just what I do on Sunday. I know that I was born into this life with a purpose that can be forgotten if I let the materialistic cares of society consume me. God didn't send me to this beautiful earth only to plop myself in front of the television or keep up with the Jonses. He wants me to grow as an individual and reach for the highest that is within me! One of my favorite sayings: "Jesus didn't own any property and had very little money."