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What I enjoy the most in life is spending time with my family and friends. I am the third of six kids and the only one not married, yet. When I'm not teaching secondary math, I can be found hiking in the great outdoors on weekends. During my summer months I like to travel. All of my siblings live out of state, so I like going and spending time with them and my sixteen nieces and nephews. I also enjoy camping and hiking with my friends during the summer.
My mom joined the Mormon faith with her family, when she was about 12 years old. My father joined the Mormon faith about 5 or 6 years after my parents were married. Being a Mormon (LDS) is more than just another religion, it is a way of life. I love the strong family values it instills in the culture. Our Young Women learn about having Faith, their Divine Nature, doing Good Works, having Integrity, to seek Knowledge of things that are good and righteous, that for every Choice there is Accountability, that we are of great Individual Worth, and to demonstrate Virtue in our deeds and thoughts. Those values continue to grow as we serve one another, our friends, neighbors, and family. As young women join the older women, they learn that "Charity Never Faileth". I have found this to be true. While storms may knock at my door and life has speed bumps along the way. Faith has held my family together. I know that I am a Child of an Eternal God that knows me by name and knows my needs. He loved us so much that he sent his Only Begotten Son to earth to redeem all mankind. I testify that his son, my Savior and Redeemer Lives. Just as in New Testament times, the Holy Ghost bares witness of the Son and the Father. Our Savior Jesus Christ atoned for each of us, He Lives. I know that when we act upon the Words of Christ we will know and feel spiritual things. God is our Father in Heaven, he knows each of us by name. That through Christ, our Mediator and Redeemer, we can return to live with our Father again. In the name of Jesus Christ Amen.
Prayer plays a huge roll in my life. I wouldn't be where I am today without it. When I was 19 and graduating from a Junior College, I said a little prayer asking Heavenly Father if my choices for the future were where He wanted me to go. I will never forget that evening. A small voice came to me and said I was to move back home, and attend a local University. I was up until about 3 am saying I wasn't moving back home. When I finally agreed to move home, I fell right a sleep with peace and calm in my mind and heart. Only a few weeks later did I realize why. My father had had a number of, what the doctors called, mini-strokes he was 49 at the time. Those were tumultuous times. We did not realize he had had those strokes and even after diagnoses he wasn't the same. Our family prayed every morning together and read scriptures together every morning as well. The four kids at home, helped to pay bills, while working, going to school and serving in charitable organizations for those less fortunate. It was about 7 years later that we were finally told my father had early on-set of Alzheimer's Disease. Things are better now that we know how to handle his mood swings and such. People often ask me what has kept my family so close together, during such dark times. I always respond, my FAITH, many days and nights of prayer and family siblings and church. I have a firm and strong testimony of Prayer. If your heart and mind are open to listen, Heavenly Father will guide you. Sometimes, like in the example above, we may not always know the reason we are to do something. But that peace and calm that you get when you follow the Father's guidance is a great blessing. Like the peace and calm I received once I followed the prompting and impressions to move home that spring evening.
I live my faith on a daily basis. Before I begin each day, I say a prayer that our Father in Heaven will be with me. I have a prayer in my heart all day long and at the end of the day, I conclude with a prayer. I take time each day to study and learn of my Father in Heaven and of His Son. Studying the scriptures gives me strength. There is a difference between studying and reading the scriptures. When I take time to study I gain a stronger faith in my Savior. I love to visit women in my community, those who are ill, those who are welcoming a new baby into their home. I have held many positions with in the Mormon Latter-Day Saint church, both within my congregation ward and overseeing many congregations 9 wards - combined called a stake. Currently, I was just placed in a leadership position in my congregation ward. I have the opportunity to serve the women and their families weekly. I oversee the Sunday meetings for the women, making sure we have teachers, music and that all feel welcomed. In my previous position, I was the Secretary of our women's organization, over 9 congregations. I held that position for a year and a half. I had just moved into the area and it was nice to be able to get to know more members as I served them. I helped with organizing a local sock drive that benefited the homeless in our metropolitan area. It was a lot of fun, and that is what I think of service as FUN!! When we leave our problems behind and serve our neighbors and those around us, it makes our own difficulties a little lighter. One goal I have is to be part of Helping Hands building new homes for people, helping people after a disaster has happened to them. That would be great to know that I am helping the Lord, by being His Hands here and now.