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Hi I'm Virginia

I am trying to raise five good sons in this world. I am a Mormon.

About Me

The first thing I tell people is that I am a mom. When I was a little girl, teachers would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, and I would always say, "a mom". I have six children. All are boys. One died when he was a baby, but I always count him. I always remember him. I enjoy running, especially marathons and I have placed in the top 5 percentile of the races many times, including the Boston Marathon. Maybe I enjoy them because they parallel my real life. I have had hardships, ups and downs, highs and lows - and I always know that there is a finish line. That's what keeps me going, in marathons and in life: the finish line. And I plan to finish well! I have a degree in Political Science, but I could never really figure out how to get a job with it, so I am going back to college to get a certificate in Diagnostic Medical Sonography right now. It is a very competitive profession, but I enjoy helping people, and I hope that I can make a difference to many people. I love to work! I know it sounds crazy, but I am happiest when I am busy working hard. I love to garden, I love to cook, I love to write, I love to play the piano and I enjoy making people happy by serving them. I love my family. My family is the center of my world! My husband is not a Mormon, this has been difficult because he does not always support the way that I want to raise our son. But we try to see each others viewpoint and try to respect each others beliefs.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in a family that was Mormon and have a long history of ancestors belonging to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon). So, you would think that it was just a "given" that I would always be a devout Mormon. But, in my late 20's, I went through some tough trials that got me discouraged to the point that I wondered if Heavenly Father really loved me. Instead of enduring through some tough times, I decided to be inactive in my church. I would go to church, but my heart wasn't there. I kept finding myself taking one step forward and two large steps backwards! When you leave God out of the equation and try to live life without any help, it is very lonely and unhopeful. I will never forget those two years of inactivity, I still remember what it is like to give up. I remember...and that is why I would never choose to go down that path again. After those two years, I became pregnant but lost my son right after birth. There were many prayers in behalf of me and my family. I started to remember what I had forgotten. The Savior loved me all the time and was waiting for me to just ask Him for help. There is a scripture that says, "ask, and it shall be given unto you, knock and you shall receive." I asked. I knocked, and the door was opened. I suddenly found hope and I have been faithful to my religion ever since..

How I live my faith

You can find me in the primary room at church. That's where all the children meet while their parents go to Sunday School. I help teach and take care of all the children that come to church, ages 18 months to 12 years-old. From the outside, you might think that this would be a tedious job...working with children while all the other adults get to go to classes to learn, while I am stuck with the kids, especially free of charge. But, it is just the opposite! Every week, I find myself happy as I listen to children sing, hearing a child give a talk about what they are learning about Jesus Christ, or listening to curious children raising their hands to answer a simple question about the scriptures or faith or their Heavenly Father. I am also a visiting teacher. Each woman that is an active member of our church is given a few names of other women in our church (active or inactive) to look after and make sure that their needs are attended to. This means that I visit these two women at least once a month. I either share a thought with them, talk, laugh, listen and take care of them. Today I called one of these ladies because she just had some surgery. If I feel that one of these women needs help, or a listening ear, I will always be there for them. This is a way of making sure that everyone is watched over. Someone at my church visits and takes care of me, whenever I am in need. It is like a linking chain...no one is forgotten.

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Virginia
No. We vote for the candidate that we personally feel would do the best job. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

Virginia
There was a boy name Joseph Smith, who lived in New York during the 1800s. In 1820, when Joseph Smith was 14 years-old, he was very intent on joining a church, but at the time, there were many churches and he did not know which one was true. Many of these churches disagreed with other doctrines, and Joseph Smith wanted to know for himself which one he should join. One evening, Joseph was reading the Bible and read a verse in James 1:5, which said, “If any of you lack wisdom let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5). So, Joseph put the scripture to the test. He went out into a grove of trees by himself. He knelt down and addressed his Heavenly Father. Suddenly, Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ appeared to him. He asked Heavenly Father which of the churches he should join. The Savior told Joseph that he was not to join any of them because there were many doctrines that were incorrect. The Savior then told Joseph that he needed to restore the true gospel of Jesus Christ. Joseph became the first Prophet of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints to be a mouthpiece for Jesus Christ in helping to restore His church back on earth. Show more Show less

What is faith?

Virginia
It is believing in something that can't be seen. But it can be felt. Show more Show less

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

Virginia
Inspiration, comfort, promptings to be safe, peace, long-suffering, endurance Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Virginia
I guess that the best way to explain a Mormon church service is to actually go to one. It is peaceful, and I go there to try to be a better person. I don't go because I am perfect. I am just doing my very best here on earth, and when I attend a church service, I always leave wanting to be a better person. To just try a little more to be kind, to help others, and to feel better about myself is why I enjoy the church service. The service is three hours long (I know...I know!) and it is broken up into three sections. The first service is called Sacrament Meeting. This is the most important meeting, and it is where members and non members meet in a chapel and get to take the sacrament. The sacrament is administered by worthy young men. They pass bread then water in a tray and when people take the sacrament, they are asked to take it in rememberance of the atonement of the Savior, His sacrifice and love for us, and He promises that His spirit will always be with us if we promise to be and act like him throughout the week. This means loving all and serving others and sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ with all that we meet. My husband in not a Mormon, but comes with me to church frequently. He goes there because people like him for who he is and many of the member of the Mormon church are his friends. Show more Show less