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I am a seventh generation mormon, and a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. I have lived in Utah all of my life. I am the oldest girl of five children, three boys and two girls. I grew up hearing from my parents that we chidren were answers to prayers. I had a wonderful childhood. I have been happily married to the same man for 33 years, I have four children, three boys and one daughter who are all raised and married. I have nine grandchildren, seven who are living. My first two grandchildren died at birth. I have one grandson with cerebral palsy. Last year, after 32 years of employment, my husband was laid-off from work. He is now drawing unemployment and going to school. I work part-time as a therapeautic recreation technician at a local skilled nursing home. (I am the Bingo lady). I also free-lance write. I enjoy doing family history work. I have taken some of the stories of my family history and rewrote them as children's bedtime stories and gave them to my grandchildren for Christmas gifts.
Though I have been a member of the church all of my life, I had to come to know for myself that the church was true. I was challenged as a teenager to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it, which I did. I had a wonderful answer to prayer and I have loved to read the scriptures since that time. I continue to be a prayerful person. My reading, pondering and praying helps my understanding to grow and I truly can say today that I know for myself that this is God's church on earth. The teachings of the church t help me understand why we are here on earth, and the purpose of trials. Those teachings have helped me to get through the challenges of the death of my two oldest grandchildren, and helps me appreciate my grandchild with cerebral palsy. And at this time of my husband being unemployed and me only on a part-time salary, the gospel message helps me to understand the purpose of challenges while living on this earth. From the first week of the lay-off we have felt a peace that defies understanding. We have been at the right place at the right time to access benefits. We have had coincidences which have led us to believe that God is watching over us, and though we don't know the final outcome of all of this we are at peace.
As I said earlier in my profile, my husband is unemployed. Though he has submitted resumes and applications for employment he has not received one call for an interview. Nevertheless, we continue to pay tithing and offerings to the church, we continue to attend meetings, and go to the temple, and we continue in faith truly believing that the Lord is mindful of us and that all will work out for our best good. We are at peace, even out tax man commented to us that he cannot believe how positive we are. I can't really explain it either, but I truly feel that we are being guided by some unseen power. With my aging parents, and the death of my grandchildren, I have felt at peace truly knowing that because Jesus was resurrected, everyone can be resurrected and I will see my grandchildren and those who have died again. What peace in times of the greatest sorrow this life can bring! In addition, I continue to live the best I can being friends to all who care to know me, because I truly believe that we are all brothers and sisters and we all belong to God's family. I believe it with my whole heart!
I am a Sunday School teacher for the adults in our ward. Currently I am teaching from the New Testament. What a great blessing it is to have to get in a study the scriptures to the point you can explain them to others. My husband and I also enjoy studying family history. We have collected the history of many of our ancestors back to seven or more generations. We have used the stories we have collected to self-publish children's story books for our grandchildren. We help others in our area learn about their family history. In the past, both my husband and I have been involved in the scouting in our area. We find our greatest joy from serving our family and neighbors.