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Hi I'm Hydi

I know who I am. I know where I came from and where I'm going. I know why I'm here. Get to know me... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised on a crop farm in the heart of Washington, then transplanted in New England after marrying. Now, as a mother of 4, our family has recently returned to the open spaces of Washington to grow kids. Family is the dearest thing to me. Bringing children into our family was the most difficult thing I've ever had to do. It has tested and reinforced every belief I've held true. I suffer from a condition called Hyperemesis Gravidarum (or HG) which is complicated by an inability during pregnancy to absorb iron, and depression- during pregnancy and postpartum. With each pregnancy I've received many blessings, especially an ever increasing understanding of our Heavenly Father's love and the purpose of His plan. I know that it’s a tremendous blessing to bring His children into my home and, with my husband, raise them. I'm grateful that families can be sealed together, not just for this life, but forever. While in New England I met friends from Israel, India, Egypt, The Philippians, China, Germany, Cambodia, Lebanon, New Zealand, England, Venezuela, Haiti and other countries. I enjoy studying the diversities of this world and its many cultures and languages. I'm rarely happier than when my hands are dirty and I have sweat on my brow. I love moving earth and gardening, smiling, writing, baking, making new friends, playing the piano, singing, and sleeping. I love life. I love its joys and sorrows, and I love being a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who actively attended the LDS church as did their parents and their parents before them. I was taught and I learned the principles and theology of this church. But, at some point it was no longer enough to rely on the faith of your parents. As I grew, and as I was taught various ideas, I decided to learn for myself if they were true. I put into practice the idea found in Moroni 10:4 “And when ye shall receive these things, I would exhort you that ye would ask God, the Eternal Father, in the name of Christ, if these things are not true and if ye shall ask with a sincere heart, with real intent, having faith in Christ, he will manifest the truth of it unto you, by the power of the Holy Ghost. ” I'm a Mormon because I did ask the Lord and He did answer my prayers.

How I live my faith

There isn't a part of my life that the gospel doesn't touch. But I feel I live it the most, and the best, as a mother and wife. As a mother I know that I've been given a sacred responsibilty to teach and protect and support a few of our Heavenly Father's precious children. As a wife, I've been given an equal who stands beside me and balances me- just as I do for him. I show obedience and gratitude to the Lord by observing his commandments, making, keeping, and renewing covenets (two-way promises), by serving in His church, and helping wherever I can in the community.

What are Mormon Temples used for?

We make covenents with the Lord in the temple and continue to learn about His sacrifice for us. We also do work for those who have passed on such as baptism for those who were not able to be baptized in this life, securing family relations eternally husband to wife and children to parents. Living men and women who have prepared themselves are also able to enter the temple and be married for eternity. Show more Show less

What is the First Vision?

We believe that as a young man, Joseph Smith was visited by God, The Father, and His son, Jesus Christ while in fervent prayer. This is what we call the First Vision. Show more Show less

Why was a Restoration of the Gospel needed? Haven’t we always had the Bible?

With the restoring of the gospel there was also a restoration of the priesthood. The priesthood the authority to act in God's name is pivital in much of the work we do today. The world was blessed to have had access to the works found in the Bible. But how many people were lead and directed by the Lord in other lands where the Bible was not. Some of the records of these other people in other lands were translated into what we call The Book of Mormon. We look forward to continued revelation and are grateful the Lord watches over and blesses all people. Show more Show less

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Some say secret but we say sacred. There are blessings to be recieved in the temple that those who are not prepared will either not understand or not be prepared to recieve. We would love nothing better then to be able to attend the temple with everyone we knew. Show more Show less