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My husband and I have been married for 26 years and have seven great kids. My time mostly goes to homeschooling and driving our kids around to piano lessons, ballroom class, and chess tournaments. We try to eat healthy (high nutrition/fruit and veggies) and I cook mostly from scratch. I love gardening and fixing up our 117-year-old house. Our house has more bookcases than any other type of furniture and I’m never happier than when I have a great book to mull over. Hablo español.
Both of my parents were members so I was raised in the church. One branch of my family goes clear back to the early days of the Church in New York. My great-great grandmother heard David W. Patten preach and knew on the spot that he spoke the truth, that the church of Jesus Christ was again on the earth and that the Book of Mormon was true. I like to think that I would have believed as readily as she did. My parents taught me to have faith and to live the teachings of the Church. I have always believed. It feels right and it makes sense. The outcome is good. Love, sacrifice, joy, self-reliance, service, friendship; it’s all good. It makes sense to my mind that the true church would have the same organization that the church that Christ set up when he was on the earth, which our church does. It makes sense that we would need the authority, the priesthood to run the church. But what it all really boils down to for me is the Spirit, the Holy Ghost. I trust the feelings of the Spirit just as much as I trust my eyes and ears, my sense of touch. I regularly have the Spirit give me rushes of warm feelings, peace and sometimes goose bumps telling me that Jesus is the Christ, that there is a prophet alive today, that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are true. Honestly, without that confirmation, I wouldn’t do all the work and develop the self-discipline that comes with being a member.
Faith without works is dead and I try reach out to everyone I can, especially to those whom I have been assigned to visit and help nurture in our congregation. I currently teach the young women in our congregation on Sunday and help in weekly activities for them. The pull of humanism is so strong in the world that I feel passionate about teaching the truth to young people. I also teach an American history class to homeschool kids where we learn about the principles of freedom and the need for virtue to maintain freedom. My dream is to serve missions with my husband when we are older. My main focus now is in my own home; we pray and read the scriptures everyday and work at the art of loving.