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Hi I'm Viki

About Me

I'm a musician, avid reader, and gardener. Got my bachelor's degree in business after seven years of going to school nights and weekends while working full-time and raising a family (which was just plain NUTS!). Got a master's in education five years ago so I could teach music to children with special needs, but ended up being a data manager to help people develop programs that assist youth with disabilities. I'm ecstaticly married and have an empty nest, with one beautiful daughter in a nearby state.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been reading The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis for 40 years. Eleven years ago, I asked my spouse of two years to read them, and he asked if I really believed what was written. Of course I said yes, and he said I was a "Mormon girl" because The Last Battle was a resurrection story, and the Church teaches this. I ordered a copy of The Book of Mormon, spoke with the missionaries, and couldn't wait to be baptized because I knew it was true. Everything made sense, and the teachings made me want to learn even more. I know Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ know and love me, and they know and love you (the reader) too. The Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, and it was translated by Joseph Smith the prophet through the gift and power of God. I am so grateful to be so blessed, to do temple work for my ancestors, and to feel an immediate connection with others because of my faith.

How I live my faith

I have personal prayers first thing in the morning, which totally launches my day. At work I take "scripture breaks" because it's easy to read them online in big print, and they bring a faith-based perspective to what I do. It's fun to visit the women from church, as they really feel like my sisters. There are many ways I help at Church, from playing the piano to interacting with the little ones to being a good listener to just smiling at newcomers. Having the restored gospel in my life makes me feel more like the real me.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

People not of the Church can see changes in those who become members, and they may not have another way to describe how the culture influences new members. When I joined the Church, I gave up drinking alcohol, coffee, and tea. I had really enjoyed those beverages and fancied myself somewhat of a connoisseur of them, but it was more important to me to do what God wanted. My family and friends were flabbergasted, but I assured them it was my choice and I hadn't been brainwashed! More than anything else, I wanted to do the Lord's will and be with a group of people who felt the same -- that God didn't give us commandments to keep only on Sundays. Being immersed into a culture of faith, helpfulness, and clear expectations gave me the chance to see how much better I could become. Some of my friends and family still don't understand, but my personal journey of faith has taken me on a much different way of life than how they were used to seeing me live. That new path sometimes doesn't leave room for the more worldly things we used to share, so I try to make sure that our time together has real depth of affection and friendship rather than the fleeting moments of passing fads. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Faith is knowing your prayers are heard, even if there is no evidence of it (yet). Faith is having no doubt that all things work for your good. Faith is confidence that Heavenly Father wants the best for you, so you hold fast to the truth regardless of what the world thinks. Show more Show less