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I'm 38 years old and live with my husband of 14 years and 6 children. Having a big family has its challenges, but are far outweighed by the rewarding together times and the knowledge we have that we can be a family even after this life. It's comforting to know that we are building relationships that will last forever!
My ancestors learned of The Church in Germany and traveled to America in the early 1900's. However, being born into a family of long-time members of the church did not prevent me from asking for myself if the teachings I grew up on were true. One day while attending a church-wide satellite broadcast of a meeting, I prayed in my heart and asked God if Joseph Smith was a true Prophet and if the things he recounted were true, including the Book of Mormon which he had translated from ancient writings. In that very moment I saw in my mind a large image of Joseph Smith very clearly and felt that it was true and that I could never deny it. This happiness brought tears to my eyes and I had the perfect knowledge that God Himself brought this Church about; It IS The Church of Jesus Christ and I was so grateful to be a part of it. I reflect on this experience often to always remember who I am and why I live the way I do.
I feel that prayer is my way of talking to my Father in Heaven. I have received responses to prayer in the form of a feeling or thought and the Scriptures are another way I can receive answers from God. Sometimes, when I have a concern I ask in my heart what I should do, or ask for comfort. Then I feel like I should open the scriptures, as I do, a verse or phrase seems to stand out. Many times I have read a passage that seems to be directed right at me and I know that even though it was written thousands of years before, it hits me that God loves me and is speaking to me in modern times! I know God is our Father and he loves us and wishes to communicate this love to us; we must seek Him out and ask.
I personally chose to serve a mission to tell as many people as I could about the church and to share my experiences so they could have the opportunity, as I did, to ask if it is true. So many people don't even know there is a Church and that God has chosen a Prophet in our day and revealed ancient scripture from other Prophets. If they don't know, how can they ask if they are true? It was difficult to leave the comforts of home and a somewhat easy lifestyle to look for and teach people in a far away place. The rewards, however, of serving others have been life changing and continue to follow me to this day! I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives. I want to serve Him and live and love others as He did, and does.
I chose to serve in the church as a missionary when I was 21 years old. The area where I served was in Brazil. Today, I serve locally in the church very part time, as I have a family to raise! I serve in the cub scouting program, and I am assigned 2 or 3 ladies to visit monthly from my local congregation, otherwise known as a Visiting Teaching, to see if they need help or just to talk. Likewise, I am assigned Visiting Teachers to check on me occasionally. This is what I think Jesus would do if He lived among us!