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I have 2 beautiful daughters and 3 beautiful step-daughters. I had my first daughter after I graduated from xray school, then my second daughter after I graduated from nursing school. I was born and raised in Augusta, the oldest of 8 children (2 girls and 6 boys). I prayed for a little sister, which I finally got when I was 10 years old. We had a fun time growing up, riding horses, playing cowboys and indians, building forts and tree houses. One fond memory was that of my brothers and I eating icecream from an half gallon carton while sitting with our feet in a cold creek after we had collected and turned in old soda bottles for 10 cent each. We didn't sit inside much at all, unless we were sick, we did our chores and then played all day until dark. It was safe and we looked out after each other until we ran home to eat dinner with Mom and Dad.
I grew up with loving parents who taught me to read and ponder the scriptures daily, that I might learn more of my Saviors and my Heavenly Fathers love for me. My primary teachers taught me that "I" am a child of God. As I grew, so did my testimony, so much so, that I desired to serve the Lord always and share his plan of happiness with others. Now, my life was not all happiness. We all have trials and I had mine; from low self esteem as a teen to divorce and raising two daughters as a single parent for many years. After the black of night came the light of the morning; I met and married the man whom I knew the Lord had provided for me, for I knew that he was an answer to my prayers...Mark 11:24. I made no important decisions especially concerning relationshiips without taking it to the Lord. Many times I asked "If this relationship with ____ is not right, then show me..... and he did. I knew that the Lord would show me the way if I asked and leaned not unto mine own understanding; Proverbs 3:5
Hope is something sought after, something you desire, a promise of something good and meaningful. I hope that my friends and family can see whats most important in this life and do those things to strive to be worthy to return to our Heavenly Father and be found on the right hand of God. For we have the promise as found in the Bible; 1 Corinthians 2:9, "But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him." We have a promise of happiness here on earth as well concerning tithing; Found in the Book of Mormon, 3 Nephi Ch 24, verse 10..."Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in my house; and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing that there shall not be room enough to receive it." If you love him, you will want to do those things that are pleasing unto him, being obedient, following his commandments and sharing his gospel with others so that they too may find true happiness. I hope that I can share my testimony with others and they can see my sincerity and true desire to share the happiness that I enjoy because of the love I feel from and have for my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.
I know that Heavenly Father is real. I know that Jesus Christ is real. I also know that Satan is real. I know that I chose to follow my elder brother; Jesus Christ. I know that his power is stronger than Satans, but, we must continually strive to follow him, because Satan desires to have us. He wants us to be misirable like him. I believe that is where the saying "Misery loves company" comes from. I know that true happiness comes through living the gospel each and every day, realigning our lives if needs be to follow in Christs' ways. We have a living prophet and apostles who lead and guide us to know what things we must do in this life to gain eternal happiness. I know that they are true disciples of Christ as evidenced by their "good fruit" The prophets have taught and continue to teach us to hold a "family home evening night" the church reserves Monday nights for this (no other meetings are scheduled) but is individualized according to each family. This is a night in which all of the family gathers together, opens with a prayer, a short lesson may be presented, followed by an activity (game, or family outing), and usually refreshments...yumm, and closed with a prayer and blessing on the refreshments. Usually family members take turns with preparing either the lesson, activity, refreshments, etc. This is a great time to discuss upcoming events associated with each member of the family. This night is a time set aside weekly for the family to bond. My mother and father taught each of my siblings and I of the importance of holding "Family Home Evening" and I have taught my daughters this as well. My daughers loved to be the ones giving the lesson and telling us "parents" what to do. LOL. When they have children, I think they will pass this important teaching of having" Family Home Evening" to their children (my grand-children) and so on.
I have always felt very forunate (and I say this so very humbly) to have always known of my Savior, I feel for those who do not know him, or who question "Is there a God?" You can know for yourself, if you have the desire.....he loves you and wants you to come unto him. As a youth, I loved helping others and after helping my elerly grandmother one summer, I decided that I wanted to be a nurse. I first went to xray school because it was much more affordable and would give me the eduction and skill to put myself through nursing school. School was not easy, it was a sacrifice, but it has been a lifesaver, to have an education with which I can provide for my family. My family is very important. I teach my daughters to put the Lord first in all they do; sports activities, community events, jobs, etc. My daughters when they were young would come to me when they lost something and say "Mom, will you pray to know where my retainer is?" I would say," sweetheart I will but you can pray to find it", they would say," yea Mom but you have a stronger faith". I hope that I have instilled in them that they too can have this strong of a faith. In our church we start from the age of 18 months when they enter nursery and never ending with teaching the gospel from the scriptures and from the teachings of the prophets and apostles past and present. We can learn much from the teachings of the "Bible" and "The Book of Mormon Another Testament of Jesus Christ". I love serving others in my community and in my church. I organize meetings for the women on Sunday and other days of the week in which we can learn things to better our families and our lives. We focus on things that will enrich our lives and our relationship with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. We worhip together every Sunday and honor the Sabbbath as the Lord's Day and strive to keep the sabbath day holy.