Hi I'm Peggy
I'm a daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother, aunt... I have four beautiful daughters and I love pink! I love being a homemaker. I love cleaning, decorating, organizing, and making nourishing meals. I live in the country and we grow a garden and do home preserving. I love sewing, painting, photography, scrapbooking, reading, and writing. I love couponing, bargain shopping and being thrifty. I love kids. I love being with my friends. I love camping out and going to the ocean. I love my religion. I love Jesus Christ and am so happy to live a life of following Him.
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised in the church. When I was in High School I had a part time job off campus for part of my school day. One day when I was in a back vault putting away some files, the men who worked back there asked me about being a Mormon. They asked me if I really believed in that stuff, and I said that I did. They tried to convince me that I was brain-washed by my parents and by the church. I'll never forget how that made me feel, and even though I didn't have any good answers for their questions at that time, I knew in my heart that it was true and right, and I knew that I would never depart from it no matter what anyone said. I have remained faithful my whole life and my testimony has grown stronger. I know, through the power of the Holy Ghost, that Jesus is the Christ and that if we believe in Him and follow His teachings we will be on the path that leads us back to our Father in Heaven. My ancestors left their homes and went to the Salt Lake valley to follow a religion that mattered more to them than anything else, and I will follow it, too. And that's why I'm glad I'm a Mormon!
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
All of them. It's so hard to narrow it down to just one. I love how He always teaches us to not be afraid. Be not afraid, only believe. Doubt not, fear not. He wants us to be happy and to trust in him. He said every hair of our head is numbered and that He knows every sparrow that falls, and we are of more worth to Him than the sparrows. To not be afraid is to have total trust in Him. It is to know that He is watching over us and will comfort us and help us to get through anything. It is knowing that everything that happens in this life has a reason, and that the very best of building a character in us will come from hard things. He teaches of tender mercies and everlasting kindness. He teaches that He can heal us and that miracles still happen every day if we will only have the faith and spiritual eyes to see them. He teaches us to love God, love others, love ourselves...and then gives us the strength, capacity and will to do it. His commandments are designed to keep us safe, not restricted. We are His sheep and the commandments are like a fence that are a protection against the world if we stay inside the fence and do not wander. He teaches us to have hope in a better world. Each day as I study the scriptures, and ponder, and pray I feel closer to Him, and I have felt the influence of His love with great power in my life. I know He lives and I know He loves all of us because He paid the greatest price so that we can have access to the resurrection and the Atonement. I love Him with all my heart.
Please share your feelings/testimony of Joseph Smith.
I am in awe of this extraordinary man, Joseph Smith. The more I learn about him the more I feel love, respect and gratitude to him for what he did to help bring to pass the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I've read his testimony of his experience in going to the grove of trees to pray about which church to join, and it fills me with the power of the Holy Ghost every time I read it and I know it's true. I know it happened just like he said it did. He was one one the most honest and kindest men to ever live, and I know he was the Lord's perfect choice to accomplish what he did.
How I live my faith
The church has given me so many great experiences over the years. I've taught and served children, teenagers, and adults. Right now I am enjoying serving in a calling that helps to index names off old documents that will be put online on Family Search for people to search for their ancestors. It's is exciting and fun work! It's important to me to go to church on Sunday and associate with other members of the church. We are like a big family and help each other as much as we can. We have activities that keep us in social contact with each other. It's important to me to keep the Sabbath Day holy by not shopping or seeking entertainment or work that I would do all the rest of the week, but setting the day aside to do things that will help me to remember Jesus Christ. I love to read and study from the scriptures and from the words of our living prophet and apostles. I strive each day to improve in doing the things I know He would have me to do. When I make mistakes or have failures, I know it's important to keep trying and never give up. I know that it's important to put the Savior's Atonement to work in my life, and that no matter how hard my trials or challenges may be, that He will always be there to strengthen me and help me get through it. I know that all the experiences we have build our character and make us better people.