1) What does a typical day look like for you?
For my little family and me there is no such thing as a typical day. My husband is a stay at home dad and entrepreneur. I run my own business as well and work full time but since I work on life home shopping television my work hours are all over the place. Sometimes I work as early as 6 am and then again as late as 12am, other weeks I suddenly have multiple days off. This means our entire life has to revolve around my work. Vacations, Date Nights, Family Home Evening Nights are incredibly hard to plan since we have almost no regularity in our lives whatsoever. Our little son Daniel is two years old and not in pre-school (or Kindergarten as we would call it here in Germany) yet either and therefore a routine based on his schedule is not an option yet either. This unpredictable schedule often wears on our little family.
A wonderful and comforting change to this everyday chaos is our Sabbath Day. From the very beginning of my home shopping career I consciously decided that I would not work on Sundays. This was a hard decision to make, defend and stick to since TV sales are highest on Sundays. Nevertheless we decided as a family that I would not do shows on Sundays. The Sabbath is always reserved for our worship and us as a family. Having this one constant in our life has given us strength and enabled us to overcome trials that otherwise may have broken our spirits and relationship to one another.
A very unexpected blessing that came in from our commitment of making any Sunday a true Sabbath was that many of my colleagues at work have gained a great deal of respect for me and started thinking about their own spiritual lives. One colleague in particular changed her life completely and is now actively living her faith again. We are still friends and I love being able to discuss spiritual topics with her.
2) Tell us about something that has been essential in your personal conversion to Jesus Christ and His gospel.
When I was 27 years old I decided to serve a voluntary mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I spent my time praying, reading the Holy Scriptures, learning about Jesus and teaching what I learned to those that were seeking more answers in their lives.
This time in my life was filled with countless simple joys. There were many little miracles but what touched my heart the most is the immense amount of love I was suddenly capable of feeling for complete strangers. I know this was our Savior’s love for God’s children that I was allowed to see (and feel) a glimpse of. On other occasions I was also able to feel that same love directed towards me. Like probably any woman I often struggle with feelings of inadequacy but having felt our Savior’s love for me personally helps me find hope and joy. To this day I am still amazed at how Christ’s unconditional love can just wash over me and fill my heart. I am far from perfect and it is almost unfathomable to me that Jesus Christ notwithstanding ALL of my many flaws could still love me so much!!!
3) How does the restored gospel affect your life on a day to day basis?
My testimony of a true gospel of Jesus Christ with LIVING prophets, that do not claim to be perfect but shoulder the immense responsibility of being God’s mouthpiece here on earth, gives me joy, hope and security in these chaotic times for our little family and the entire world. I feel watched over, protected and loved.
I also feel a great responsibility to be a blessing in the lives of those around me. Be they friends, family or strangers. I often fall short of my own expectations; I still have days on which I waste time with frivolous things but I have long since decided that I will NEVER give up trying to do better each day! My knowledge of a loving Father in Heaven and a perfect Savior, Jesus Christ, means EVERYTHING to me, influences EVERYTHING I do and determines how I feel about EVERY one of my actions. I feel it is a gift that comes with great responsibility to “try a little harder to be a little better” EVERY SINGLE DAY.
(Quote by Gordon B. Hinckley)