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I am the mother of six children and a grandma of three. I love history and in particular family history. I currently work for a genealogist company, but have worked for finance companies and in food retail.
Initially I was a member of the church because my parents were members before I was born. But now it is because I choose to be. I was baptised at 8 years old because I knew it was the right thing to do and I was so excited at the time. I have had many challenges in my life, death of a child, serious illness, divorce and have found the teachings of the gospel to be comforting and have provided me with direction when I have needed it most.
The Holy Ghost is probably most commonly referred to as the Comforter. But he has many other roles that can help us in our daily life if we live righteously and seek his companionship. The Holy Ghost is able to teach us all things and bring all things to our remembrance. A few years ago I experienced a huge change in my life. I was divorced and had to support myself financially. My job at the time did not pay enough for me to do this, so I began applying for various other positions. Prior to each interview I would pray that I would be able to answer all questions and that if this was the right job for me I would be successful. This gave me some much needed confidence. Eventually I found a job that was traditionally a male role. I had never done anything like this before and I later found out that there were a few people who thought I would fail because I did not have the capability to do the job. Every day I took a few moments before I went into work to pray and ask for the guidance of the Holy Ghost, that I would be able to understand and interpret all the reports I read, that I would be able to make the right decisions and that I would remember all the information and processes that I had studied to do my job. Eight months later my boss called me into the office and told me how I had justified his choice in giving me the job, that I had proved many people wrong in their assessment of me and had done a good job. The following year I was given the responsibility of testing a second stage of a new process for the company region where I worked. Six months after that I was given the opportunity to test another process for the whole company. I also was considered one of the best in my role and people training in the role in other stores were sent to me for training. I know for sure that I would not have been able to achieve this without the Holy Ghost. I will forever be grateful that my parents taught me the gospel and gave me the opportunity to make the desicion to be baptised and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost.
Following the teachings of Jesus Christ means living and acting as He would. The scriptures record how often he had compassion on those that were often ignored or considered unworthy. He helped those from all areas of society and I have tried to be like Him in a similar way - accepting assignments at church, in the community and at work that have helped other people to raise their self esteem, feel loved, understand important truths, learn and improve skills in all kinds of areas and more importantly have helped people to change their lives for the better. As a result in acepting these assignments I have learned new skills, developed and discovered talents and improved myself in many ways. I have served on PTA committees, trained as a swimming teacher to assist at a local swimming club, helped raise money for a local hospice at charity events and promoted healthy eating at schools. At church I have been the pianist, playing for the main service (sacrament meeting), organising a choir, organising and participating in youth events and teaching various classes for children, teenagers and adults. I have also been a seminary teacher for 8 years in total - this is a four year study course for teenagers aged 14-18. It is run like a school course with semesters and breaks. A daily hour long class, often before school starts, that studies the scriptures and relates them to modern day life and events. This is a great programme that helped me when a teenager to evaluate my testimony and decide if this was how I wanted to live my life. Currently I assist in looking after a group of 12/13 year old girls - teaching a lesson on sundays and assisting in a weekly activity.