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We moved many times when I was growing up. I was fortunate that every time we moved I landed in very good schools. That made a huge difference in my life. I completed high school in New Zealand. it was a wonderful 2 years for me. I learned to play field hockey and dance the Highland Schottische. I had some of the est firends ever. I spent two months in Brazil when my son was an infant. I loved Brazil. The Brazilians were very kind and welcoming to my son and I. I also spent 7 weeks in England through a program at New York University. These experiences have richly blessed my life. I sew, play the piano badly, love to sing in our choirs, and work on genealogy. I have a registered American Quarter Horse named Waylon who is six. I have had him for six years and we are learning to ride together. I would not recommend starting a foal for the inexperienced or faint of heart, but we are making it work. I love animals. We also have two miniature Dachshunds, Willie age 15 and Tillie age 2 & 1/2. I have two grown sons, a grandson and two granddaughters who live far away. I wish I could spend more time with them. I also ski and train for half marathons. I love the theater, reading, history, and science. I have two bachelors degrees - English and Accounting, and a Masters in Business Taxation. I love learning. I love life; and I am grateful for mine.
When I was in my twenties, I was one lost soul. In 1967 the Presbyterian Church issued a new statement of faith. I was at university. At a time when the world was being turned on its head in this country, the last thing I needed was for my church to abandon many of its principals. It was very unsettling and confusing. The Gospel of Jesus Christ does not change. I could not understand what they were thinking. I began to question why there were all these crazy churches and all the dissension about what the Bible says and what it means. I began to search for a church that was stable. Over ten years passed. I was working as an accountant at a National CPA firm in downtown Los Angeles. I had a female colleague who would talk to me about her beliefs. She took me to a Family Home Evening at her Singles Branch in Santa Monica. I had never felt the Spirit of God so fully and with such purity. I began the missionary discussions and when I heard the Joseph Smith story, it made perfect sense. I knew I had found my spiritual home. I had found the true church of Jesus Christ. I spent the next several month preparing for baptism. It was without question the best decision of my life. As the years have passed and I have grown in the Gospel, my testimony has been strengthened. I have never doubted that this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. The more I learn, the more I resolve to work harder to be a disciple worthy of the name Christian. In taking his name upon me, I accepted the responsibility to do my best to emulate him, to follow him, keep his commandments and serve all of God's children. I have faltered, but he has never let me down. I have been blessed with many challenges, and innumerable tender mercies in the face of those challenges. I have learned the meaning of "All that thou sendest me, in mercy given;" Even when we are at our worst, he is there to help us do better, and experience real peace in the face of overwhelming adversity.
I love the Book of Mormon. It truly is another testimony of Jesus Christ and it has been preserved especially for us today. Each time I read the Book of Mormon, I am struck by how often the name of Christ appears on its pages. I learn more about his doctrine and how to better follow his commandments. I learn how important the poor and helpless are to him. We are often admonished in its pages to care for those in need and to love all of God's children. This reminds me of his great love for us. We reflect that love in how we treat others. The Book of Mormon also presents the doctrine in clear and simple terms. The principals are taught in stories showing the blessing that result from obedience. The consequences of disobedience are equally clear. The chaos described for those who defy Christ and refuse to live the gospel is terrible and cautionary. The peace, prosperity and joy experienced by those who obey the commandments and truly follow Jesus Christ is described clearly. The contrast cannot be made more clear. To choose Christ brings everything that is good in life. We can see clearly how much he loves us and wants us to succeed and have happy families. We are shown that the commandments are given to protect us and those we love. Every page testifies of the great love of Heavenly Father for his children and for his son. Each page testifies of the great love Jesus Christ has for me and for each of us.
Everyone has a job in our church. My current calling is to teach the 7 and 8 year-olds. This is the group preparing for baptism We invite our children to be baptized at the age of eight. We believe that the first principals and ordinances of the gospel are first, faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, second, repentance; third, baptism by immersion for the remission of sins; fourth, laying on of hands for the gift of the Holy Ghost. I have the privilege of helping my class understand what the words mean; and more important, to understand how to live these words everyday. I have also been a secretary in several church organizations. I am a Visiting Teacher. As a Visiting Teacher, I am assigned several women in our congregation or ward to visit each month to bring a gospel message. This is a way for us to become friends with women in our congregation that we might not spend much time with otherwise. We generally refer to members of our church as "brothers" and "sisters". We generally have a companion to accompany us as we visit these ladies. I visit a sister who is aged 90 and in a nursing home. I have taken her shopping and out to lunch on occasion, when she felt up to an excursion. I visit another sister who is my age and has one child still at home, while her other children are spread across the country. A third sister is single and works near me. We share our experiences and the gospel and strengthen one another as challenges arise in our lives. My companion is much younger than I am, and works in a different field, but we share the Gospel and our faith. We take a message each month to the sisters we visit to encourage them and strengthen them. The messages are also intended to strengthen my testimony and my faith. In addition, we do work for the dead in our temples. As I locate the information of my kindred dead, I am able to perform the work which will make them full participants in Christ's church and keep my family an eternal family.