I shared this letter with Quayd today:
Today is the 45th anniversary of my baptism into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints! All because someone reached out to me and invited me to join them at their Young Womens activity... a roadshow... a play where everyone got a part and no auditions were required! I was at a fork in my life and this activity took me on a totally different path that I was heading. I think about that and think of what my life would be today without the gospel... I can't even begin to imagine it! I can't imagine not being married to the most amazing man I've ever known. I can't imagine not having the blessings of the priesthood in our home. I can't imagine a life without serving in the church and in the Kingdom. I can't imagine a life without the Word of Wisdom to assist in our health and well-being.
I can't imagine a home like the one I was raised in where alcohol and drugs and infidelity were such a devastating and destroying part of my every day life. I can't imagine living in a home today without prayer and fasting and faith! I can't imagine a home without the love that we share as a family! I can't imagine a home where trust was not the most important principle! We trust in God, we trust in ourselves, we trust in each other! I can't imagine a life where serving in the church, taking half our house to the church to decorate it, cooking for days on end and planning activity after activity was not what keeps us busy!
I can't imagine a dinner conversation where gospel topics and service were not discussed. I can't imagine a dinner without blessing the food! I can't imagine walking out the door in the mornings without family prayer and saying my own personal prayers! I can't imagine going to bed at night without kneeling together for prayer and hugs and kisses and I love yous! I can't imagine not having the scriptures to lead and guide us in my everyday life, where I can turn to for answers to all that concerns me. I can't imagine not having a prophet and apostles to guide us through our lives, to give us the "shot in the arm" that we need continually, as we face the world each day!
I can't imagine life without recognizing the tender mercies that occur every single day to remind me of our Heavenly Father's love and that he hears and answers our prayers! I can't imagine not having goals in our personal lives... from being missionaries to our neighbors to serving missions when we are old enough, whether its 18 or 81 to goals that we strive for every day, such as being willing to serve our neighbor, keeping the commandments and trying to be better each day! I can't imagine javing friends that I couldn't trust and love and and serve and enjoy sharing our love of the gospel together with!! I can't imagine a life where I did not KNOW that we are an eternal family!
I LOVE the gospel! I love what it means in my life! I'm sooooooo thankful to have made the decision to be baptized! I'm so thankful for the gospel in my life! I'm so thankful for my Savior and friend, Jesus Christ! For his example and his atoning sacrifice for ME! AND EVERYONE WE KNOW! I'm so thankful for the knowledge that I AM a daughter of a loving Heavenly Father and of His love for me! I'm so thankful for that one decision that I made to be baptized and for the miracles that allowed it to happen and for those people who've been an influence throughout my life...from Terri, who invited me to participate in that roadshow to the leaders that I sat in Ward Correlation with this very morning. All have helped me to become the person that I am today! All have been a result of that one decision, the biggest decision in my life! I do love the gospel!