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I am not a morning person. My mom laughed and laughed when she heard I was asked to teach the seminary class because she had the hardest time getting me out of bed for seminary when I was in high school and now the tables are turned. It has been a challenge getting myself and my four girls out of bed before the sun. Getting us all ready to leave the house before 6:15 am is not easy. It requires early bedtimes and a lot of preparation the night before. So, why do I do it? I love the gospel of Jesus Christ. I love teaching the youth in my class about the scriptures and the joy and peace that can be found within them. I love starting my day off feeling the Holy Ghost confirm to me daily that my Father in Heaven loves his children. I love the positive influence this sacrifice has been on my family. My children and I have drawn closer to the Lord as we study the scriptures daily and seek His will in our lives. I spend an at least 3 hours a day with preparing my lesson, teaching my lesson and travelling to and from the school to teach the class. I've had to give up late nights and television because I also have a part time job as an executive assistant that keeps me busy during school hours. My full time job and number one priority is that of Mom. Teaching seminary has made me re-examine how I spend my time and make sure I use it wisely. I'm grateful for the opportunity to teach seminary and count my blessings daily.
I know my prayers are heard and answered. I have witnessed the power of the priesthood blessing the sick. I have felt the Holy Spirit guide me many times and recognize what would have happened if I had not obeyed. I know I am happiest when I live the gospel and seek the Lord's guidance in my life. I want to be with my family for eternity and not just for this life.
Our family reads the Book of Mormon daily after dinner. We finish eating and pass around copies of the book and take turns reading. It brings a peace into our home as we spend time together unplugged and uninterrupted. We study how to be more like our Savior and how to return to live with our Father in Heaven again. We find answers to our problems within it's pages and are reminded of eternal truths. Our home is always a better place after we have read the scriptures.
My husband and I start each day off with our four girls on our knees in family prayer. After prayer we give hugs to all our girls remind them how much we love them. This starts our day off wonderfully, drawing us closer to each other and our Father in Heaven. We head off to work or school and seminary with the goal to try our best to love one another and try to follow Jesus' example for us. We try to put our lives in His hands and seek out opportunities to serve those around us on a daily basis. We volunteer in our community regularly with a happy heart, eager to help where needed. We believe the gospel of Jesus Christ truly is good news and teaches the path to happiness in this life and for eternity.