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I'm a stay-at-home mom to three wacky, silly, messy, amazing children.
I was born into an LDS family, but due to a multitude of circumstances, each member of my family took turns going in and out of activity throughout my childhood. My parents divorced when I was quite young, and I was then divided between two households and two church congregations. I had roots in the gospel, and I always knew that I should attend church, but by the time I was a pre-teen, I had stopped going entirely. Even though I didn't go to church for months at a time, I still woke up every Sunday morning and made a conscious decision: Will I go to church today? Week after week, I chose to not go, but I always knew I belonged in the Church, and each time I chose not to go, I knew I had made the wrong choice. I was always intent on going "next week" or "next month" or "next year." Finally, when I was almost 15 years old, I made a New Years' Resolution to start attending church regularly. I began waking up early on Sunday mornings, getting myself ready, and walking to church alone. Sometimes I was able to get my little brother to go with me. It took a while for me to find my place in the church, but once I did, I never turned away again. I am a Mormon because I have always known deep, down that the gospel is true.
I often reflect on the Savior's command to let he who is without sin cast the first stone John 8:7. It is very important, as we strive to live the gospel, to remember that we are all here having a mortal experience, and each of us will make mistakes. I'm not in any position to pass judgment upon another person for his or her actions. I strive, in my life, to live this teaching by remembering that I'm not perfect, so I can't expect anyone else to be. Judge not, that ye be not judged.
My faith has become my natural way of living. Each day I spend time studying the gospel and praying. I participate in church activities and attend Sunday meetings. I serve in the Relief Society, the womens' organization of the church. I plan Family Home Evenings for Monday nights and enjoy the opportunity to teach my children the gospel. I accept assignments from my church leaders. I help clean the church, and I visit members of my congregation. I pay tithing. I attend the temple. I grow a garden and keep my family out of debt. I do all of these things with a willing heart.