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I have lived in 4 different states in the last 10 years with my husband, as we have pursued school and training opportunities. It's great to get to know different parts of the country! We're currently in upstate New York where the access to outdoor activities is great. I love to run, hike, kayak and camp. I'm also an avid reader of all sorts of books. I really enjoy baking and cooking, trying new recipes, and trying out different restaurants wherever we go. I did some work in school psychology before our first child was born, but right now I'm lucky to be able to stay at home and raise our 3 great boys. Sometimes it's hard to be so far away from our families in Utah, but the great people of the Church have become our "family". They're willing to help us in any way and we do the same for them.
I was raised in a Mormon family. Growing up and making my own decisions, I have always chosen to remain a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. As we have lived in many different areas, we have made friends from all walks of life and from many different faiths. While I respect and admire all of our friends and their choices, I am so grateful to be a Mormon. As a parent, I'm so grateful to have the standards of the gospel and the scriptures to teach my children and to give them a firm direction with a strong moral code and value system that I believe will both protect them from many harmful things and will make them happy. As my own choices have been guided by my similar upbringing, I have seen the difference this moral code has made in my own life. I am also so grateful to have a personal relationship with God and Jesus Christ. Through some difficult times in my life, my faith and hope that comes from my beliefs has supported me through dark hours of discouragement. I am grateful to know that I am never alone, and that my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me and want me to succeed and be happy. As I pray, I believe that they guide my decisions and bless my life.
I love the Book of Mormon and the Bible. The stories and testimonies contained in them bless the lives of myself and my family greatly. As I read and study the Book of Mormon, I feel the Spirit of God. I have examples that I can follow. My favorite story from the Book of Mormon is the story of the Ammonite people, who, after their conversion to the gospel of Christ, chose to completely give up their previous life which had involved many wars and much violence. To commit this change to God, they buried their weapons in the ground and made a covenant to Him that they would never fight again. Unfortunately, many of their people in nearby areas were angry about their conversion and came to fight them. The Ammonites were kindly taken in by another people that were already members of the Church, but as these angry men came to fight them, the Ammonites felt badly that their friends were protecting them and being wounded or killed on their behalf. They were tempted to break their covenant with God, but their teenage sons would not let them. These boys had not been old enough to make the covenant themselves, but were now old enough to go to war and fight for the freedom of their own people as well as the other members of their Church. These boys had great courage and faith and told others that they had been taught by their mothers that if they lived their lives in the service of God and according to His teachings, that He would protect and bless them. And He did. They were among the bravest and most successful armies at that time. What better example could I ask for than these boys and their mothers who courageously lived according to God's teachings and were blessed by Him for their diligence and obedience. I am grateful through this story and others to know of God's love for all of us as His children and grateful to see that as these peoples were able to know and love God and be blessed by Him, I can also.
I find great joy in interacting with others through our church. I have the opportunity to use some musical training I have to play the organ and piano at our church meetings. I also serve the families of our church by helping organize meals, babysitting, rides, and other help for those who have had babies, are ill or disabled, or have other needs. In the New Testament, Christ served others in many ways. I believe that by doing these things I am following his example, and feel joy as I see how they are blessed by service, from myself and other families. I also love to teach the children and have had many opportunities to sing with them and teach them music. Our church has a songbook that was created specifically for children and I have such a strong belief in music to help children learn and to comfort them in times of need. Our faith is not just something we exercise on Sundays at church. It makes us better people who try to help wherever we see a need. I volunteer at my son's school, serve in the community as I can, and love getting to know my neighbors and having a relationship with them where we serve each other in times of need.