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I was always taught that I was a child of God. I am the first of six children with a mother that was very faithful in serving in the church. She would often enroll us to help prepare art activities for her church lessons. We would have family home evening each week. We would sometimes lay on the floor and sing while she played songs by ear on the piano. I later went on a mission, then started a family. We had 5 boys. These boys grew up strong in the church and in the scouting program. All five boys earned their Eagle Scout award. Four of the boys served honorable missions. I set a goal to be a teacher when I was eight and came to become one. I got my teaching certificates and have spent many years teaching in classrooms across the United States. I love reading and writing poetry. Music has come from this gift of writing poetry. In college, I had the opportunity to work on some operettas. I wrote a roadshow skit which one an award and went on from ward to stake. One of our favorite family games is Charades. When the family gets together we spend a good part of the time laughing. I'm thankful for my wonderful boys.
I feel truly blessed to be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of latter-day Saints from birth. I still had to gain my own testimony. I have done that through living the commandments and serving the Lord. I have learned so much serving in the church. One time when I was very timid about speaking in public, my MIA (young women now) group had a speech giving contest. We were to take a scripture and speak impromptu for 3-5 minutes. I took the challenge and gave a very successful speech. I have since strengthened that skill and have been able to serve in the wards I lived in with great strength. Being called to lead the ward choir also strengthen my skills in that area. I am so thankful for a loving Heavenly Father that has blessed me abundantly with the skills needed to serve Him in every calling I have received.
Reading the Book of Mormon every day has made my days go easier. Feeling the spirit as I read each day helps me make better decisions throughout the day. I have received personal revelation and inspiration during my reading sessions. I have often found answers to my prayers as I was reading the pages of this book. I know it was written by prophets inspired of the Lord. I know Heavenly Father is real and loves me. I have learned this as I read this book.
I live my faith by obeying the commandments and working service into each day of my life. I make the best choices I can with the information I have. My goal is to learn about Jesus so I can be more like him everyday. I participate in my community by substitute teaching at the schools and tutoring in homes. I have also helped with community choirs and dramatic activities. Serving in the church has included meeting with sisters every month. This has been a great source of joy in my life as I have learned about these sisters as I served them. I moved many times and since I had the Church in my life I have quickly made friends and have easily found ways to serve coast to coast.