First, I must say I never thought I would be on a sight like this. Actually heard about it from a friend who recently divorced and found a new spouse 2 states away. Needless to say I am here.
A little about me, I teach middle school science and have been a teacher or coach for the past 20 years. I learned how much I loved to teach on my mission and have been doing it ever since. I recently finished my masters degree in educational leadership and policy and will be working towards administrative positions. I never thought I would want to do that but have recently learned that I could and would be pretty good at it. I have taught PE, science, health, leadership and anything they have asked. My favorite unit to teach has been cooperative games where we teach about leadership, communication, cooperation and teamwork.
I have also coached basketball from pee wee all the way up to the collegiate level and have a deep love for the game. I have stepped away form coaching others in order to coach my sons on travel teams. Along with that I have coached baseball, volleyball, track and field as has been necessary. May family loves sports. I have 5 sons, One moved in when he was a senior in high school, one I raised from the time he was 18 months old and three that you would say were biological, I have loved them all deeply and am proud of the men they are becoming. Two have moved out living close by with friends and visit often. One played college basketball, one is a senior in high school and being recruited for baseball scholarships, and the youngest is in middle school playing football, basketball, and baseball. Needless to say I spend a lot of time running from one event to the next. The thing I am the most proud of though is the men they are becoming. Each holds the priesthood and is a worthy young man. They are hard working, kind, respectful and generous servant leaders.
My life has had many ups and downs and has lead me to the understanding of the importance of the gospel and our Father in Heaven's plan. I was a missionary when Ezra Taft Benson said to flood the earth with the Book of Mormon and knew then he was a prophet of God. I know the Book of Mormon is the word of God and know that this gospel is true. I know that The brethren are inspired in these time as we learn to "Come what may, and love it." I think of all things the gospel, brings that I want the most is peace.
When I was young I was fiery and intense but I have learned from better men, God, and experience that life is about the calm strength one has not the force of will. My favorite men are John Wooden, his dad Joshua Wooden, and Abraham Lincoln for their simple wisdom. When John Wooden was a boy he was with his father and they were at a gravel pit watching horses pull loads out of the pit. the worker was whipping and yelling at the horses as they struggled to pull the load. Joshua Wooden walked up to the horses and calmly whispered in their ears and calmed them down. They relaxed and easily worked together to pull the load out of the pit. That is the man I hope to be.
The second half of my life I truly want the joy of the gospel. The peace of knowing that if we do as our Father asks we will have comfort.