I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have a testimony that this church and its gospel teachings speak truth to my soul and that there is a God and He has a Son who is Jesus Christ. I believe the temple is a sacred place, where I can go and make promises to my Heavenly Father. Where I can find answers to my questions and relief from my fears.
I also count among my dearest friends—many who are not LDS—and I would not change that, or their life choices, for the world. I love and respect their beliefs, as they do mine. I think I would find myself feeling very claustrophobic if I could only have friends who were LDS –I LOVE seeing life from all sorts of perspectives. Not to mention my entire family tree would evaporate—we are the only Mormons! I don’t know what I would do if I had to live without my extended family—they add so much to my life. They are and were strong, vibrant, intelligent people—I am proud of where I come from!
This is our Angel Bean---
She came to live with us in 2002 (at the age of 3) and we were able to legally adopt her in 2003. She was born in Alaska. In 2001 my brother and his then-wife lost their parental rights and we were the State’s first preference placement. I wish I could say that I jumped at the chance, but due to being estranged from my brother and my Mom—it was a difficult time and decision. I am so grateful that we did—I can’t imagine our lives without her. We will tell her one day of her birth parents. She has a half sister from her birth Mom’s first boyfriend and my brother has remarried and had another child—another half sister. We have her keep in touch with both girls—and her native heritage. She is my ray of sunshine, my special gift. Now we are taking the step to make her a part of our eternal family. We believe that will happen when we are sealed to her on Saturday morning. It is a simple ceremony—that our whole family will attend. I am so excited!
Sooo---on that note--hope all will be well with all of you---I will be back next week!