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I am a daughter, a wife, a mom, a friend. I"m me! And I'd be happy to meet you, too! I grew up loving to hike, and explore the world with my dad. My mom taught me to love books, and beautiful things. Our family camped, traveled, worked, and learned together. I've tried to continue that with my family. I have two great sons, and my dear husband. Over the years we've had a variety of pets: cattle, dogs--Newfoundlands at present, cats, fish, chickens...I'm not closing the door. I have a degree in Biology and love the Earth. I've hiked in the US and Canada, and as long as my knees will do it, I'll find a trail to explore. I feel so close to God in His creation. Currently, I work as a lab tech in our local high school. I've also worked as a lab systems supervisor in Biotech research. Science is learning about God's laws. There is no war between science and faith. I'm a ham radio operator, and love to chat with people around the globe. I collect Olympic mascots. I love to learn about new things! Most recently, I've been trying to improve my sewing skills to make things for my beautiful (of course!) little granddaughter. I speak some German (part of my heritage), and would enjoy additional travel. I have a soft spot in my heart for big, red barns that remind me of my grandparents' farm. There are so many things I'd like to do--it will take a great deal more time to get to them all!
To answer the "Why I'm a Mormon" question I'll have to go back to my childhood. My parents were not members, and still aren't. However, they are good, loving people. I remember watching an old TV show, and was afraid because someone was dying. My mother said, "Don't worry, true love never dies." I was comforted in her love, and assurances that we were always together in heaven. Later, in my confirmation class the Pastor stated that we would never know each other in heaven, that we could pass a former spouse on the street, and never know them. I knew that was wrong! The other churches that I encountered affirmed his belief, but I knew that it was wrong. In college I met the man that I would later marry. In the course of our conversations I told him what I just told you, and added that I didn't know of any church that taught what I knew to be true in my heart. He stammered, and stuttered, and said, "Well, my Church does!" He then proceeded to teach me far more than I could comprehend at that time, but it was good. Time went on, I was being taught by the missionaries, and they brought up being baptized. Frankly I wasn't sure. I had already been baptized in the church my parents attended. What was the deal? I needed a little time for the Lord to talk to me in a language I could understand. My (by then) husband and I took a trip to Utah. On the way home I saw snow falling on the spire of the Temple, and knew that I could not deny that Christ had walked upon this continent. I have always felt the Spirit of the Lord so strongly while hiking, and in the wild places. God spoke to me. I knew in that instant that when we got home I would be baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. It is the only Church that tells of Christ here in America. So there we have it, testimony started in the truth told by my mother, and confirmed by the hills, and creations of God. There is so much more to tell!
Through prayer I feel closer to my Heavenly Father. I find joy, inspiration and peace. I pray many times throughout the day, not just at meals, or before bed. I have been prompted to pray, and I have felt answers. I get up early to be at work, but I always allow enough time to read my scriptures, and pray. It has been a long time since I've "missed" because frankly, those days just do not go well! By taking time to align myself with God I find that I am much more in tune with my fellow beings. I pray about my family, friends, co-workers and students. I pray for help with morning traffic. I pray about specific troubling situations, and about less specific things like world peace. I treasure the closer ties that prayer brings within our family. Hooray for prayer!
My oldest son has already served a mission. It was a really hard time for me. You bet I missed him! Yes, I also knew it was the right thing. My younger son is currently serving a mission. Yes, I miss him, too, and yes, it is the right thing. While we were driving him to the Missionary Training Center he said that he had never been asked what he thought was the most important question. With a strongly beating heart, I asked, "What question is that?" This is his reply as best as I can remember it: "I have prayed to know that the Church is true, and I got my answer. I know that it is true. Since I know that it is true, and I know that the prophets are messengers of God, and they are asking me to go on a mission, then I will go. I don't have to know more than that. I know that it is the right thing." To date he has helped people rebuild homes, cleaned up yards,and done all kinds of manual service. He is also busy answering questions about God, faith, repentance, and how to improve. He has gone into neighborhoods that police deemed "unsafe", and taught those who wondered if there was any Church that would welcome someone who had done, "bad stuff", but who was trying to be better. I wish that I could answer that person. I would say that if the "bad stuff" had been left behind then they could sit next to me any day. Mormons go on missions to share the love, and hope of Jesus Christ. They go to make the world a better place. They go because Christ himself taught us to go! I still miss my son. I look forward to the mail every week. I pray for him Always! I am happy to see his growth as he strives to live the life that Christ would have him serve. Missionaries help the world, but they also learn incredible things about themselves. I am so proud of both of my sons. I am trying to be a missionary at home.
In Matthew chapter 25 Christ gave us a "to do" list: beginning in verse 35: "For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink; I was a stranger, and ye took me in: (36) Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me." "The List" is repeated three times! It must be important! Throughout my life I have had occasion to do each of those things. I haven't necessarily sought out those opportunities, but they have presented themselves. What sort of service do I do on a regular basis? I have put in many, many hours with young boy scouts, and others. We've cleaned up the community, gathered food, built/rebuilt parks, painted schools, repaired houses, given rides, brought in meals... Sometimes it feels like if it needs doing--we're doing it! It has been So Fun! Many of my treasured moments have been from serving our community. I've been happy to share my love of the outdoors as a trip chaperon. I've pointed out native plants, helped to teach about habitats, sung, cooked over campfires, and generally helped to share the love of God's creation! I'm the one at the end of the trail saying, "We can do it! We'll get there! This is hard, but just look, we're making it!" I've worked with those suffering from disease, cleaning floors, washing dishes, watching children. I've worked with children who have struggles in their young lives, not as one to preach, but as one to listen, and show that someone cares. I have tried to live "the list". I know that I've made mistakes, I've fallen short, I haven't done as well as I would have liked. I've messed up on the same things...again... For that I reach out to my Savior, ask forgiveness, ask for guidance, read scriptures, pray, ponder, and then keep going. I trust in my Savior to heal and strengthen me. I feel His love with me, offering me encouragement, "We can do it! We'll get there This is hard, but just look, we're making it!