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I am a Mother who loves to read - particularly the classics, watch old movies while folding laundry, exercise, laugh, and I think Hot Chocolate with whipped cream should be it's own food group!! I'm a stay-at-home-mom who loves it! Yes, it is tiring and lonely at times, and completely thankless, but I am so grateful that I even have the choice not to work. I gaze at our amazing children and think "I sure hope I had something to do with that." Honestly, I think the best are saved for last. At this point in my life, it is all about raising the kids. If our family had a motto, it would be "Work hard, Play hard, Pray hard." That's what we do. Teaching our children the principle of work is very important to my husband and I, and the best way to teach them is by example. Cleaning the house, mowing the lawn, trimming the bushes, etc. - tedious and long, especially in the stifling heat of the Arizona Sun! Yet, we do it for their character building, certainly not mine, as I add another sunspot to my arm and wrinkle to my forhead! All worth it, though. We do know how to have fun, too! And praying? Daily we kneel in family prayer. Daily we read the scriptures together. Daily we tell them these children of ours that we love them.
I was lucky enough to have been born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. In fact, I grew up in the center of Mormonism - Salt Lake City - but it wasn't until I left my home in Utah and was on my own that I truly became converted to the Gospel of Jesus Christ. At nineteen, I heard "Oh, you're that religion that can't dance." Ugh....nope. We definitely dance. I was also asked "Can I see your horns? Mormons have horns, right?" Seriously? It baffled me that people knew so little about this religion that I had taken for granted all through my youth. They only knew strange rumors that obviously had been passed around serveral times, morphing into superstitons. The world sways and propels you with it's ever changing wind and I realized that I wanted this religion grounded in Jesus Christ, his teachings, his love and service to his fellow men. I had a plan of happiness taught to me in my youth and I didn't see this peace or joy anywhere else in the outside world.
I am thankful everyday for the Prophet Joseph Smith. Without his courage, perseverance and complete dedication to the will and direction of God, the true Gospel of Jesus Christ would not have been brought back to the earth. We would not have the Book of Mormon today that I read and re-read for it's lessons, comfort and record of those that keep the commandments of God and downfall and destruction of those that don't. The scheming and designs of evil men tryed to destroy Joseph Smith time and time again, but he withstood them until his great work here on earth had been accomplished.
I live it daily - it's just as much a part of me as breathing and eating. It gives me direction in my life, a perfection to strive for in Christ's example. Besides teaching it to my children, I show my dedication by serving voluntarily in my callings at church. I have helped the young children learn to have faith in our Savior and his teachings. I sing in a choir that brings sacred worship music to our meetings. I now plan evenings and activities for the women to strengthen testimonies, lend a hand to the community through service, and to build the bonds of sisterhood in the Gospel.