If I were to create a list of things that are most important to me, my religion would fall at the very top. I often hear people say that family is more important than religion, but to me they are all the same. How can you love your family separate from your God? Without the many important things I know about family through religion, I could not begin to love my family as they should be loved. I am forever grateful to know that I can be with my family throughout eternity if I do my best and follow the commandments set forward. It is such an amazing thing to see the blessings that come through obedience. I have always been one to follow the rules. I think my conscience was build extra powerful because no punishment can outweigh the pain I feel when I have done something wrong. This is not to say I don't frequently do wrong things, but rather that I beat myself up for doing them. I think that forgiveness should be given to yourself too. There is nothing more caging than living with a grudge you have towards yourself. The miracle of the Atonement of Jesus Christ provided a way for all of us to repent and be forgiven. I cannot imagine how much love Jesus Christ has for each spirit to suffer as he did, but I will be eternally grateful.
Family means the world to me. I love and adore my husband. He is the hardest working man I know and he is constantly pushing me to be better. He is also equally patient with the fact that I suffer from extreme laziness. He loves me for who I am, but makes me better. I can't imagine anyone who would be a better husband or father than him (but I am probably biased). Our love and support for one another plays such a big role in how I go about life. It has been so amazing being able to start a family together and to experience life's many challenges. Our son is the sweetest boy in the whole world. He is only 6 months old, but he already has such a distinctive personality. He is so tenderhearted. At the smallest sign of contention he will become sad and need to be comforted. He doesn't like yelling and he is always smiling. I have never seen a baby smile so much in my life. I am eternally grateful for that smile because it is such an example to me to be a happier, better mommy.
Being a mom has turned into the most amazing experience of my life. The blessings I see each day as I love and teach my son are such a testament to how important being a mom is. I think parenthood truly is the greatest role each of us have and I can't wait to learn more through my children.