Donna – Indiana, USA

What does a typical day look like for you?

Since I am retired, and am no longer driving, most of my days are spent at home. My mobility is poor, so I don’t get much done in a day. I usually wake up around 8:30 AM, get morning stuff done, and read my scriptures (our ward currently has a book of Mormon challenge going on), then I check e-mails and Facebook, read for a bit , then start my day with a late breakfast. I spend too much time watching TV (mostly cooking channels), then prepare supper for my husband to take to work (he works nights, and sleeps most of the day). In the evenings, I again watch too much TV and catch up on correspondence or talk with friends via phone. I don’t sleep well, and haven’t for some time. My doctor is aware. I try to have lunch with a friend weekly to get out of the house.

Tell us about something that has been essential in your personal conversion to Jesus Christ and His gospel.

When I took the missionary discussions so many years ago, it was as if the missionaries were inserting pieces into a puzzle for me. Their message just seemed to fit. It made perfect sense to me that a loving Heavenly Father would not abandon his children here on the earth, so having a prophet to guide us made perfect sense. The part about families rang true to me also. I had been actively searching for a church when I was introduced to the missionaries by a friend from work. I was a Baptist in my early life, and had never heard of the Mormons, but I admired the way my co-worker lived his life, so I asked him,”What church do you go to”? When he told me the Mormon church, I replied, “OH, the people with the nice commercials on TV!” I asked him to tell me about his church, and of course he replied, I have some friends who could tell you better (even though he was a returned missionary). We were invited to dinner at his house, and began taking the discussions, and were baptized about 6 months later.

How does the restored gospel affect your life on a day-to-day basis?

I can’t imagine living with my knowledge of the gospel. When I taught, I worked with a lot of students who didn’t believe in a hereafter. I cannot imagine living and not having that hope to push me forward. It’s scary to think that this life is the end! I have always prayed, so that was not new to me. Having the fullness of the gospel is such a gift, and the opportunity to attend the temple is so special – don’t know where I’d be without it. My friends don’t “get” it – how could I believe that? But I think the gospel centers me. I know where to go for answers. I know my prayers are answered. And even when I feel as though I’m on the wrong side of things, I know the path back. I talk to heavenly Father every day. Sometimes I feel as though my prayers are vain repetitions, since I pray a lot for the same people daily, but I know the Lord knows what is in my heart, and He can sift  through the chatter to get to the real crux of the matter.

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