Page 2 Why I Mormon
I was born in the Church -- my mother's family have been members since the early days. We have ancestors who were part of the pioneers going to Salt Lake. However, my father was a convert and never really became very active. They divorced when I was 3 years old. My mother was in-and-out of the Church for a long time, but managed somehow to get all 4 of her kids baptized. Then she went inactive permanently and still is today. Because she was inactive, of course us kids didn't go to church either. But after I married at 19, my husband expressed a desire to begin attending church. Well, there was just no way I was going anywhere else. Those teachings in my childhood stuck! So he took the lessons and converted and we were sealed in the temple.... and within 2 years he was completely inactive, within 3 years he was having an affair, and within 4 years we were divorced. Very sad. I tried to stay active, but I lost my testimony and fell into the abyss. I was inactive for 15 years, married and divorced two more times (eeeeeek!!), and had another child 6 years ago (my first child is now 21).
Two years ago, I started going back to church. I had very strong yearnings and urgings and promptings to go ... go... go... And it seemed so urgent... I had to go... So I did. It was hard. I couldn't quit smoking for a long time. But I want my five year old daughter to grow up in the Church and learn all those songs, and associate with other members, and be watched over by the priesthood.
I've been teaching in Relief Society for a year now and am on the RS Board. I also prepare the Sunday programs for Sacrament Meeting (I do graphics and word processing). I can't believe how strong the Spirit is!! I have received so many blessings from returning to Church, it's hard to believe I'm the same person. I'm relearning all the things I forgot... and I love the Lord. I'm so grateful to have the restored gospel in my life and to share it with my family.
There is a new temple under construction just 30 miles from here, which will open Aug. 9th for public viewing. I'll be able to return to the temple within just a few months!! It's exciting to be alive in this dispensation.