An LJ 'friend' requested commenters to answer five interview questions, based on what she knows/doesn't know about us. I volunteered and so here are my answers. If *you* want me to interview you, email me - or mention it in my comments - and I will send you 5 questions. The only catch is that you have to post the answers in your blog.
So here goes....
1. What is your favorite thing to do for fun, and why?
Reading is one of my top favorites, because with four children and a busy life, I never seem to get enough chances to do it. I find reading stimulating, relaxing and interesting. I don't have a favorite genre, but I do prefer nonfiction these days. :-)
2. Have you always been strong in your faith, or have you grown into it?
This requires an extremely loooooong answer, so I'll try to summarize quickly. I grew up in a Catholic home (where fear and guilt were taught, not necessarily the 'good parts' of the faith). My mother, an abusive woman with her own struggles, was constantly searching for something - perhaps an inner peace that eluded her. So we (she and I, and to a lesser extent my younger brother) went on a religious version of Where In the world is Matt Lauer? We studied Judaism (a personal favorite), Hinduism (but only until my mom decided she liked meat too much), Wicca, various Christian sects (although she rebelled against the sinner dogma) and a few less known religions/beliefs. By the time I was 15, I'd learned about many major religions. Oddly enough, we never studied the Muslim faith.
In my 15th year, I started attending a Baptist church with a school friend and really began to search for a deeper purpose of my own. Something always felt a bit "off", like a puzzle piece wasn't quite fitting correctly. In 1990, my 15 year old cousin (I was 22) was murdered by a classmate and we buried her on Christmas eve. I remember my aunt crying, and asking WHY? but no one had any answers. My mind filled with a sense of warmth and light - hard to explain - but the answer came very clearly. I likened Christ on the cross and his mother, Mary, who at that moment saw him as an innocent son. Perhaps in the back of her mind she remembered the plan, but at that moment....she was mired in sorrow, rage and pain. I explained that, in this life, we may never know WHY Michelle was killed, but that there was a deeper purpose and one day we would know what it was.
I remembered how I felt as I shared those words. It would be a few years before I'd meet a family who would have a conversation that helped me feel the same way. Once I'd heard - and felt - their message, I knew I was home. Oddly enough, as a somewhat practicing Baptist, once I found out that the family was Mormon, I forgot the feeling and focused on what little I knew about the Mormons.
A few years of studying later.... I ended up getting baptized (June 1996) and my life has been significantly effected - all for the better - by my choice. I'm not the "typical Mormon" because some of my views might be a bit more liberal, but the doctrine makes sense to me and the puzzle has all the pieces perfectly fitting into it.
(Told you it would be a long answer, but I tried to shorten it).
3. What made you want to blog, and how did you decide on LJ?
A church friend, mrsbennett, has a blog. I'm not nearly as faithful about it as others... I think I enjoy reading others' blogs more than writing my own. *grin*
4. If you had three days all to yourself, how would you spend them?
Catching up on sleep, reading, and cleaning my house from top to bottom. :-)
5. What is a place you have never been, that you would love to visit?
I didn't even have to think about this answer: Israel and Egypt. That would be wonderful!!!!!! In today's world, either choice is highly unlikely, but I can dream, right? I'd also like to go to the moon! (You didn't specify earth as the only destination! LOL)