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I am married with two adult children and two grandchildren, one a teenager, the other only a few weeks old. I enjoy genealogy, scrap-booking, listening to oldies music and most of all our family get-togethers about every 3 months. My education is in mathematics and accounting. Both of my children and their spouses have attended college and have their bachelor degrees in various fields of study. My husband is the love of my life and my best friend and of great support to me.
My mother, stepfather, and I joined the Church in 1962 in a small branch (small congregation of church members) in the U.S. We were taught the discussions by full time missionaries and although I already believed in Heavenly Father, Jesus Christ, His son, and the Holy Ghost, when the Gospel of Jesus Christ was explained to me, it all seemed to make more sense to me than when we had attended churches of other faiths. I have had trials in my life, and blessings in my life, some of them gained through the trials, but I have never doubted that Heavenly Father, the Savior and the Holy Ghost were going to ignore my prayers, and they haven't. The Mormon Church is built on a house of order unto the the Lord, and not on chaos. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
Without prayer I would not be able to survive from day to day. Prayer is my conversation with Heavenly Father to thank him for all that I have, my children, a home, my husband's employment, being a member of His Church. It is also a conversation of hope in times of trials, severe health, and the needs of others both in my family and in the community and in the church. Prayer brings me peace and comfort.
Repentance. Every day we truly need to ask for forgiveness for getting angry, for being ungrateful, for not remembering to keep the Sabbath Day holy, etc. Being repentant makes us humble and better able to be teachable. But mostly for me personally, there was a time in my life when I thought I knew better than the Savior what I needed and so I acted upon that. It was something that I know made Him and Heavenly Father grieve for my stubbornness and mistake. When I realized that I needed to repent of that mistake, I also learned through study what the meaning of The Atonement was (or in other words, what Christ suffered for us in Gethsemane and on the cross) so that we may repent and return to him. I felt like a new person because of repentance and new for a fact I was loved.
I try to the best of my ability to keep the commandments, and honor the covenants I made at baptism and in the Holy Temple. I am not always successful, but I am trying. I make an effort to set an example for others and attend church. I am so very glad and thankful to be married to a priesthood holder who brings the Spirit into our home and encourages me when I struggle physically, emotionally, and spiritually.