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I'm a mom of 5, grandmother of 10. I have a great husband, who loves and supports me. I love to read, play volleyball and disc golf, sew for my kids and grandkids, exercise, and music is and has always been a big part of my life. I work at a library and hope to go to college and get a degree in the near future. I love to help others, and I'm grateful for the opportunities in my church and community to do so.
I was born a Mormon, and have lived in an active Mormon family my whole life. Because it has been a great blessing to me, it was important to raise my family to have strong testimonies of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and the happiness it can bring. I have made my share of mistakes, and because of the atonement of Jesus Christ for me and everyone upon the earth, it made it possible to be able to overcome and repent of those mistakes. It makes it possible for me to move on and become a better person. I have full faith in the power of prayer to our Heavenly Father and that it works. There have been countless times when I needed His help or felt alone, and I would receive answers to my prayers or felt comforted, and KNEW that he was aware of me and loved me. The Book of Mormon has been a lifeline to me throughout my life. It truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. I can always open it and find a scripture or phrase that I need to help me at that time, and I love studying it and learning more. I also love the Bible and it's rich stories of faith and healing examples of Jesus Christ and his parables. Heavenly Father has provided these to us to help us during the dark days of our lives. I am also thankful for the restoration of Jesus Christ's gospel upon the earth today. It restored a living prophet, priesthood power to the earth, scriptures to help and guide us, and given us a purpose for living Christlike lives. My testimony of this is one of the most important things in my life.
Prayer is a huge part of my life. I know that if I pray, Heavenly Father will answer my prayers. Daily, usually several times each day I have had prayers answered. Whether it is a simple item that I have lost, or a comforting feeling that I have felt. He always answers my prayers. Sometimes it isn't the answer I sought for, or isn't immediate, but I have felt the love of the Lord on so many occasions, that I cannot deny that He hears and answers my prayers. One time I lost a library book, and had looked everywhere several times. I knelt and prayed that I would know where to look for it. The thought came into my mind of a bookcase I had already looked in, but I took it on faith, and looked again. It was there. I learned that it doesn't matter if we think it is a small thing, if it is important to us, it is important to Him. I learned that it requires faith that our prayers will be answered, and that took some time to develop, but it is the key. In our Book of Mormon, in Alma 34:17-29, he gives us instructions for praying. These verses have been a great guide for me in my life. If I will poor out my heart to him, I will get answers. I also find that the more I give Him credit for answering my prayers, the more I notice the answers that come.
Since our children were little, we wanted to do something that would bring a positive religious influence in their lives, with all the problems in the world. We decided to have daily prayer and scripture study with them. We didn't do anything fancy. We would just read a section or chapter out of the scriptures, and talk about it and our thoughts. It always started our days right and gave them an added strength. The bonus was that we didn't have a lot of fighting and contention in our home. Don't get me wrong. It wasn't perfect, but it gave us added peace and harmony to our home and made it a safe place.
The more we get to know our families, the more we love them. So, we research them and try to find them. We want our families to be together for eternity and want every member of our family to have that opportunity. So, when we do family history work for those who have died, and submit their names to the temple, this gives every family member or ancestor who may not have had the opportunity while here on the earth, to be able to Choose if they want to be part of our eternal family. They have the free agency to choose if that is what they want.
In my own life, I have found that if I make right choices, I feel good, and I have noticed, that I recognize little thoughts or promptings to do something or avoid something even more the next time. I believe goodness begets goodness. It gets us into good habits and that also makes it easier the next time.
I am the president of the Primary in my ward. That is the organization for teaching children in our church. It is a great place to serve and teach. The children are so sweet and unique. I get to teach them about Jesus Christ, about a living prophet today, how making good choices will help them feel good about themselves, that kindness to others is so needed and necessary to help each other and our world. I also get to visit with ladies in my church each month to make sure they are doing fine and see if they need any help. It feels good to love and care for others. At my work in the library, I try to use those same principles of kindness and helping others, and trying to be a good person.