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I am learning more of my family history and love reading the stories and seeing the pictures of the family members who came ahead of me. I discovered I have Czech heritage! I also enjoy baking and cooking, listening to all kinds of music from jazz to classical to bluegrass and opera and more, reading historical fiction, playing board games with family and friends, traveling, gardening, and watching BBC shows. One of my favorite places to visit is the Pacific Northwest. My husband and I met and married in 2001. We are the parents of five children.
My parents are converts to the LDS church. I was raised with the teachings of the restored Gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. When I was 8, I chose to be baptized. Since then, I have continued to study and pray about the gospel and nurture my own personal testimony of what is true. I am a member of the LDS church because I know this is the church of Jesus Christ, restored in its fullness, as it was when he lived on the earth. I love how I feel when I study it's teachings and that it's focus is on the family, because family is everything to me. I especially appreciate the doctrine that the family is eternal and that through sacred ordinances performed in LDS temples, families can be sealed to each other, to remain a family unit even after death. I feel the Lord's spirit in this church and that's how I know it's the right place for me to be.
We read scriptures and pray as a family. Our boys really liked acting out the battle of Jericho from the Old Testament, marching around a chair until it "fell" down, just like the wall in the Bible story with a little push, that is. We talk about how we can follow God in our everyday lives, whether that's sharing a toy with their brother or choosing what to watch on TV. On Monday nights, our family sits around the kitchen table. We sing a song, pray, have a short lesson and eat some yummy treats and play games. Sometimes we read a scripture from the Bible or Book of Mormon. Our sons' favorite game has been hide and seek in the dark. The "seeker" uses a flashlight to find everyone hiding around the house. We have a good time together. My husband and I like dinner to be the time we share together as a family. Most nights, we are around the table, talking and eating and sometimes telling knock-knock jokes. Sometimes we like to eat and watch a movie but that is a treat now and then. We also like to cook together. Usually one of the children sits on the counter or is perched on a stool while my husband and I are in the kitchen. They help with tasks like chopping or stirring or they just watch and we keep each other company. Making these good memories together is important to us as a family and really is something we all look forward to.
Prayer is so important to me. I pray when I wake up and throughout the day. Sometimes I just need to tell my Heavenly Father about my worries and ask for guidance or comfort. Prayer is also the way I give my thanks to God and acknowledge His hand in my life. Pouring out my heart in thanks to Him in all things has been a very healing and strengthening experience for me. I feel close to Him when I pray. There is a quiet and peaceful power in prayer that comes directly from God to my spirit, heart and mind. I receive answers to my questions many times in this way. I know He hears and loves me.
I live my faith, first, by seeking to understand other people and to be kind. I think the world is a much better place when good manners and compassion happen! I also do my best to follow the admonition of the apostle Paul in the New Testament, which also is part of the 13th Article of Faith: "We believe in being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous, and in doing good to all men; indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul - We believe all things, we hope all things, we have endured many things, and hope to be able to endure all things. If there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." As a family, we attend church on Sunday. Our children attend the main worship service with my husband and me and then the children attend Primary while we attend Sunday School. I am also a visiting teacher. I am assigned a few women in the congregation who I visit with in their homes monthly. My baby comes along and we have a good time chatting together. Often, I share the monthly women's message found in the Ensign magazine or a scripture that I feel would be helpful for the woman with whom I visit. Sometimes I get a chance to help out the women I visit. When a friend's husband was gone for work and her children were sick, I brought some soup and it cheered her up. I'm really glad for these chances to get to know the women in my congregation better--it just feels good to help others out and be a friend.