I am a convert to the Restoration and was baptized in 1978. I first heard of the church while I was still in high school. My husband, Ted Webb, and his family were caretakers of Guthrie Grove Campground near Guthrie Center, Iowa. My husband was working as a lifeguard at the local pool one summer and he asked me out on a date. Many of our dates during that summer consisted of going to camp activities at the campground. I remember several times attending camp fires and feeling the Holy Spirit.
We were married in 1974 and lived in Lamoni, IA while my husband finished his last two years of college at Graceland University. In 1976 we moved to Boxholm, IA and attended church with Ted's family in Jefferson, IA. I was interested in the church, but I did not want to join just because my husband belonged. I had to know what it was about and make sure I could believe the same things. I had been brought up in a Christian home and attended church regularly so religion was a big part of who I am. I decided I needed to read the Book of Mormon since it was foreign to me. I could not find anything that I did not agree with and was amazed at the things that it taught. It supported the beliefs I already had and gave me even more. I then decided it was time to be baptized.
We have three grown sons. Lance is thirty-nine and was adopted and is bi-racial. We were told that I probably would not be able to have children. Two months after we adopted Lance, I found out that I was already pregnant with our second son, Eric. He is eight months younger than Lance. Six years later, we had Tyler, our youngest son who is now thirty-two. We have seven grandchildren that we enjoy spending time with them.
My faith has been very important to me and brought me through some trials that I know I could not have handled otherwise. Our son Eric was born with a heart defect and has had four open heart surgeries with the first one being when he was five. When he was six, he was very sick and they needed to do another heart surgery. During this surgery, we were told that they did not think he was going to make it. We had some of our church family with us and we formed a prayer circle and prayed. My husband and I then went to the chapel by ourselves and put this all in God's hands. A few hours later, we were told that Eric was in recovery and doing fine.
I have also learned to find joy in all things. We lost a twin grandchild when he was six months old. One of the hardest things I have ever gone through. Through many prayers, I came to realize that I could find joy even in this. Even though we had Gavyn for such a short time, it was a joy to have had him in our lives. I had two experiences with God where I came to understand this and it was made known to me that Gavyn is fine and with God.
Faith is a wonderful gift that we have! I look forward to serving the Lord through the Women's Council.