Hi I'm Pam
My husband died a couple of months ago from congestive heart failure and diabetes. We almost made it to our 20th wedding anniversary. Since I am now a single parent and raising two daughters, ages 12 and 14, my faith in Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ has taken on a whole new meaning. I don't take things for granted any more. I know my husband is close by and is watching over our family. We did get sealed in the temple and that gives me a great deal of comfort because I know we will be together again.
Why I am a Mormon
I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints because my parents were getting divorced and I needed something that was not going to collapse when things got bad. I needed something that I could build my whole life around. It had to be strong enough to help me through some pretty bad times. The gospel of Jesus Christ fit my life in every way possible. I have seen miracles in my life that were customed made for me that only God cold see.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
This year our family suffered a tragedy that was very difficult. My children lost their father and I lost my husband, so we did a lot of praying. I believe we were the recipients of many blessings on our behalf. I saw many little miracles played out that only a loving Heavenly Father who knows our situation could perform. Prayer is a part of our daily lives.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
The biggest blessing has been my family. I am a step mother to 3 kids, all of whom are grown and on their own. I am also a mother of 3 girls, who still live at home. All 6 of my kids are healthy, beautiful and strong in the church. My children learned to read from our daily scripture reading times. One by one they are getting married in the Temple. When things get hard my family always pulls together. Our faith is the glue that keeps us together.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
Amazingly, during the hardest times of my life, when I could not find a way out, the Holy Ghost has been with me every single time, with inspiration, guidance, warning and, above all else, comfort. I have learned to recognize the promptings, feelings and voice of the Holy Ghost. The trick is to learn how to keep the Holy Ghost with me at all times through my life.
How I live my faith
For a while there was a deaf member coming to church so I was interpreting Sacrament meeting for him. Now, I am a Family History Consultant, and I am so excited about that! I have been keeping a journal of my life since I was little, and this seems to be the natural thing for me to do. My daughters are involved with their Wednesday night activities, and their friends at school know their standards.