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I grew up in small-town Idaho and moved to Cleveland, Ohio after marrying my husband. We lived in Cleveland for five years and really enjoyed it. I loved my job and the people I worked with. We made some amazing friends who became our family away from home. After my husband finished his schooling there and our son was born, we decided to move back out West to be closer to family. I quit the job I loved and left people who were a huge influence on who I am now. But I could not stand to be away from my son 8 hours a day. He came first, and if we could made it work -- I wanted to be home with him. So my husband took a job in Denver, Colorado and I am now enjoying the life of a stay-at-home mom. My hobbies include caring for my son and doing little redecorating projects in our tiny apartment. Life is good!
I believe that every Mormon has a conversion story -- whether you were born into the church or joined later. I was born into a strong LDS family, but I think I leaned on my parents' beliefs until I was about 16-years-old. I was at a church fireside for the youth (12 - 18-year-olds). Our prophet at the time, President Gordon B. Hinckley, was speaking. In the middle of his talk, he stopped and said he wanted to pray for us. I don't remember much of what he said in the prayer, but I remember feeling the spirit so strongly that this man was speaking to God at that very moment. I then realized that as the prophet of God, he literally conversed with the Lord everyday on our behalf. He is a prophet just like the prophets in the Bible. Once I knew he was a prophet, I also knew that every prophet before him was also called of God -- clear back to Joseph Smith. My current Bishop recently told me that he thinks people really have a testimony of this church once they know they believe that Joseph Smith saw God and Jesus Christ and brought this church back to the Earth. That is exactly what happened to me at that fireside. I knew it was all true.
Prayer to me is very personal. It is a personal conversation between my Heavenly Father and me. It is just like when I call home to my parents. They want to hear how my life is going and give help in any way they can. I know Heavenly Father is on the other end of my prayers. I know because he has answered my calls for help. His answers have come in many forms -- help from a friend, an answer in the scriptures, and just a comforting feeling that everything is going to be OK. I think gaining a testimony of prayer is only obtained by trying it out yourself. Just like Moroni promised in the Book of Mormon, if you pray with real intent and a pure heart, God will answer you. He knows each one of us personally. He knows all our anxieties and daily trials. He also knows the beautiful qualities we each have and the potential we each have. He wants us to reach that potential by helping us. But we first have to be humble enough to acknowledge that He is there and get on our knees and pray. Why not give it a try?
I love the organization of our church. Our leaders are chosen by God and are pulled from our own congregations. Our speakers every Sunday are not men paid in money. They are our church members sharing their experiences and testimonies. And it is great that we all have a "calling," or responsibility, in our own congregations. I have served in many capacities. While in Cleveland, I taught the youth of the church, the primary-aged children and also the women. Today I serve in our Denver congregation in the cub scout program, which is a new and somewhat scary opportunity for me. I have little knowledge of the program, but I am slowly learning and know that our Heavenly Father will bless me with the means to be successful. He always has in the past when I am willing to try.