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Hi I'm Wendy

I grew up in the USA, but now Scotland has become home. I'm a mum of 3, a runner, a reader and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am an American living in Scotland, thanks to my Scottish hubby, but now this feels like home. In fact, I feel like this is where I was always supposed to be! It took me a while to feel that way, as moving to a new country where you don't know anyone is quite the challenge, especially when you are not the most outgoing person in the world. Thankfully, through church and work, I got to know people, made friends and really started to live without my head always turned back to the U.S. I still miss my family, friends and FOOD, but now there are so many things that I would miss here if I ever moved! I am a stay-at-home mum of 3 children, which is challenging but very fulfilling! I always wanted to be a mum, and though I have a degree in psychology, I saw it more as preparation for being a better mum than a fulltime career. Being a mum is not as easy as I always envisaged it, but I know it is the best use of my time and worth the sacrifices it takes to stay home with my children. I started running after having my children, and that has become my sanity-saver, as well as my spiritual time. I don't run to win races but to feel better inside and out. Running inspires and uplifts me, helps me to de-stress, and just makes me feel good. I love to read as well. I could finish a book in a day if it hooks me, but with day-to-day duties, a week is more realistic. I love the feeling of not being able to wait until I can read a bit more in a good book.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a number of years before I was born, so I was raised with the teachings of the gospel. That is a blessing I always feels so grateful for. Growing up, I had many experiences of feeling the spirit and just knowing that the things I was reading or learning were true, not because my parents or leaders told me they were but because I felt it in my heart. I will share one recent experience. I was out running, listening to a talk while I ran. The talk was coming to an end and the speaker said something along the lines of "He who knows you by name". I happened to look up at the sky as I heard that phrase, and I was just filled with love. I knew that God knows me, He is aware of me and He loves me. Out of the billions of people all around the world, He knows ME! It was such a special experience that brought tears to my eyes. Later on, during that same run, I saw a rainbow and it reminded me of how God shows His love to us in all the beauty all around us if we are looking. I know this church is true. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet, called of God to restore Christ's church to the earth, and that Pres. Thomas S. Monson is our prophet today. God loves us that much that He has not forgotten us but sends us a prophet to help us know His will in our day! I know that my Saviour lives and loves me! He means everything to me, and I have come to feel and understand that we mean everything to Him.

How I live my faith

Daily prayer and scripture study are a necessary part of our family life, and my personal well-being. It brings us strength as a family, and helps me have the proper focus and perspective each day. Every week our family has Family Home Evening, one evening a week that is set aside for family time. We sing together, pray together, teach gospel principles, play games and enjoy treats. At church, I help with our local public affairs--I help our members get involved in the local community, organise service projects, submit articles to the press and work with other faiths towards common goals. It takes me out of my comfort zone, but the Lord has really helped make up for my weaknesses. It is HIS work after all! Recently, we collected toys for the children's ward of our local hospital. The toys help to cheer up children in hospital, and I loved being able to be a part of such a great cause. I also go visiting teaching, where I am able to visit with a few sisters each month to help them with any spiritual or temporal needs. It is a great way to build friendships over so many different age-groups and backgrounds, as we are all brothers and sisters in the gospel and must be God's hands in looking after one another.