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I grew up in a catholic family in Missouri. I joined the LDS church when I was 18 and three years later I served a mission in Athens, Greece. It was almost a decade before I found someone to take me to the temple and marry me. In the 6 years I spent in college I attended a wonderful Institute and student branch where I made many lasting friendships and strengthened my testimony. I now live in Texas where I teach history and get to act like the big kid that I still am.
When I was attending my catechism classes as a child, preparing for baptism and confirmation, I always wondered why God never spoke to the American Indians. If God loved all his children, wouldn't he speak to them, too? I also wondered what we did after we made it to heaven. Surely Heavenly Father didn't want us just standing around throughout all eternity singing his praises. I couldn't see him being that concieted. While my religious teachers were kind and very patient with my many questions, they never seemed to satisfy my curiousity. When I met the LDS missionaries they told me of a book, The Book of Mormon, where God DID speak the the American Indians. They also told me of God's ETERNAL plan. There is always something more to learn and do. Since my baptism, I have learned the importance of the scriptures, marriage, and most importantly, the atonement of Jesus Christ and why He is so important to me in my life. I have learned to cultivate a personal relationship with my Savior and my Father in Heaven. My life has taken me in a completely different direction than I ever imagined and I could not be more satisfied. I am happy even in my trials. I know where to turn for strength, comfort, and guidence.
I teach World History and United States History to tenth and eleventh graders. I get the unique opportunity to teach students about the rise and fall of religions and the marks they leave on the world. I hope that I help my students cultivate a deeper appreciation for their own faith whatever it may be by teaching them the origins of their particular churches I get to teach them ALL. And, I hope that through my example they see that people of faith can live good and fun lives by following the precepts of their faith. I am also an early morning seminary teacher so I have the unique opportunity to teach the scriptures to the LDS high school students every morning and then see them in class later in the day. I love to see them stand up to the challenges that placed in their path and to see them over come obstacles. I take students to Europe on a regular basis to help them understand other cultures, see historic places, and hopefully cultivate gratitude for the blessings we enjoy here in the United States. I hope to help them cultivate a sense of self and confidence through knowledge and education so they can stand against what ever life throws at them. I hope that they discover, as I did so many years ago, that they are children of a loving Heavenly Father. That knowledge and faith can take them to great heights and ultimately back to the presence of our Heavenly Father.