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"The Hole In Me Was Filled"

By Heather Olesky

There are times in your life, no matter how old you may be, that you feel you are looking for something. Maybe it is keys, that missing sock or for me, it was a search to fill an empty hole inside me. A hole that seemed to be there from the beginning.

I was brought up in a not so religious family, I attended Bible camp but I never knew where I fit in as a religion. I was basically taught the basics of being a Christian, was handed a bible and told to find my way. I did not attend Church.

I'm 20 years old and feeling like something was missing from my life. I had many, call them if you may, "family issues." My mother left when I was 2 years old and was taken care of by my father and step mother from that time on.

Many things in my life have made me strong and living without the ones I loved was part of that. When I became older I began to date and had many physical relationships at a young age. I thought these relationships would fill this emptiness but still nothing filled it.

I met my husband in April of 2005, had our first son, Beau, in Feb. of 2006 and became engaged while I was in the hospital. When my son was 6 months old I became pregnant with our newest son, Sylas, who was born in May of this year.

My husband and I had been looking, since being engaged, for a Church to become members of. I worked in a nursery for a Church for a while and tried to attend services there. But I was uncomfortable and so was my husband.

We kinda gave up, then we found a Baptist Church, my husband was brought up Baptist, so we thought we'd give that a try but never seemed to have the time to go.

Then I began working as a waitress and one night when I came home my husband told me some missionaries had been to our home. He said that they were sent by a good friend of ours, that they had left us with a copy of "Together Forever" and that they would be back to talk about the movie in a few days.

It was August, we were not married at the time but the wedding was less than a month away. So we met and I found that many beliefs I had were here in this faith. I knew I had found where I belonged. That this is what I had been searching for.

I began to attend services with my family and became overwhelmed with the feeling of family that comes with being members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With open arms and heart we were welcomed with so much love.

When I attend church, partake of the Sacrament and praise our Heavenly Father, I know that the hole in me is filled. It is filled with the love from and for our Savior and Father.

At times, it overfills that hole and it is undeniable that Our Father in Heaven is there, that our Savior loves me and that I am a Child of God. I know without a doubt this Church is true and that Joseph Smith was a Prophet of God.




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