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Hi I'm Athena

I'm a Mom I'm an Autistic Person I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the Proud Autistic Mom Of Autistic Kids. I have 3 of my 9 kids still living at home. Life with them is interesting and challenging but well worth every moment. I am an Aspie (Asperger's Syndrome) and the wife of an Aspie. My teen son is an Aspie and my two little ones ages 10 and 8 are Kanner Cuties (Classic Kanner's Autism). We love who we are and the way our Heavenly Father created us. We teach our children to see themselves as pure children of Heavenly Father and not as broken members of the human race. I am a techno-geek. I love working on my computer. I am married to an Uber-Geek Networking Tech. My teenager is addicted to his ipod and the best way to communicate with him is through Facebook. The 10 year old likes to "Fix Computers" (play with old pieces of computer hardware) and the 8 year old can navigate the internet better than the average person my age which is a little scary. As you can see our family is all about technology.

Why I am a Mormon

My conversion story is one that I rarely share because it is so sacred to me and I do not want it to become one of those "fantastic tales" that often gets spread around until it becomes less sacred. Suffice it to say that I am a Mormon because my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ led me to be through the testimony of the Holy Ghost and a lot of hard work by two very dedicated Missionaries.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is actually the easy part of my life. Living like Christ is the hard part. Living my faith means that I support my husband in his calling and I serve in my calling. Living like Christ means I have to curb my temper and not yell at somebody that treats my Autistic kids wrong. As you might guess that last part is really hard. You see I am human. I serve as a Family History Consultant and I help my husband in his calling as one of our Stake Technology Specialists. He is in charge of the stake conference webcasts for our stake. Our stake (large ecclesiastical unit) consists of a total of 12 smaller units called wards or branches. We recently wired every broadcast building in our stake (7) with ethernet ports in their chapel or broadcast reception area. Church attics are interesting places..... We live in western North Carolina and our stake reaches into North Georgia. We once lived in those outer areas and we have a strong commitment to bring stake conference to the members so they do not have to drive so far. Many of them are older and on fixed incomes and making that trip is financially impossible. Our tech skills are gifts from our Heavenly Father so we use them edify the members. I also use my tech skills to help people with their family history. I train Family History Consultants and directors on how to use the internet resources available to do family history research as well as basic computer skills.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Athena
Question 1 Most other Women. We are moms, wives, professionals, soccer moms and most other things that women are. The only difference we have is the blessings of the priesthood in our lives and the fullness of the Gospel to guide our decisions. Question 2 I love this question. if I have 5 apples and 5 oranges are they equal? Well yes in the idea that they are fruit and the number of them. However if I am trying to make a fruit pie for dessert I will stick to my apple pie because I just don't think the idea of orange pie sounds too appealing. Now if my kids are acting a little sluggish during cold and flu season we won't be breaking out the apples, we want oranges. Each fruit has its own uniqueness and its own purpose. Each child of God has their own uniqueness and their own place in his kingdom. We do not have to do all the things men do to be "equal" to them. What began as a fight to allow women who were single moms through death or divorce to be able to keep their families out of poverty became an all out attack on our right to be unique and equal. Women started this and only we women who treasure our uniqueness can stop it. I am not "just a mom" I AM A MOM and I am a Mormon Mom. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Athena
No I actually do not remember helping a single member during the tornado relief that we did in Alabama. i live in North Carolina and we received the call to serve the people in North Alabama and the Chattanooga Tennessee area. I spent all of that weekend helping non members. For that matter, we were not concerned wit whether they were members only with whether they had the basic necessities they needed in order to be safe and how we could help them clean up from the storm damage. My calling as a Family History Consultant also has me working with more non members than with members. These are examples of our local work and that does ot even scratch the surface of the huge humanitarian work done by the Church in places like Uganda and the relief efforts that the church does in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the Earthquake and Tsunami in Japan. You cannot be a Mormon and not be willing to help the needy. We teach self reliance but we also live the ideal that we are our brother's keeper. Our self reliance makes us able to give and even when we are financially poor we reach inside ourselves to find the widows mite in the form of labor and we still give to those in need of our service. Show more Show less

Why do you have 12 Apostles? They were just meant to be around for the time of Jesus Christ, not to be replaced with new apostles.

Athena
I disagree that they were only for the time of Christ because if that were true then why would they have bothered to call Matthias to replace Judas? No, the Church of Jesus Christ was built upon a foundation of apostles and prophets and they are responsible for bringing about a unity of the faith. My only suggestion for anyone wanting to know more about the role of apostles and prophets, the organization of the ancient church, and why that same organization is important then you might want to take the time to read the book of Ephesians. My time in a private Christian school learning the scriptures made me realize the importance of this structure. This Knowledge made it easier for me to accept the gospel when the missionaries taught me. Show more Show less