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Hi I'm Nancy

About Me

I'm happily married and the mother of two sons in their 20's.

Why I am a Mormon

As long as I can remember I have just known inside me that there is a God and that I'm his child and that He loves me. I know my mom taught me this, but my memories aren't of anything she said, just a certainty inside of me that this was true. That has never left me. I did grow up with Mormon teachings and chose to be baptized when I was eight years old, but my family didn't often attend church. When I was twelve years old I decided it was time to make a decision about what I really believed. I began by reading the Book of Mormon. In the course of reading and praying to know if this book was true I one day, quite by surprise, received a clear answer. The only way to describe it is that the Holy Ghost spoke to my mind and my heart in a way that I had never experienced and I was filled with a tremendous warmth throughout my body. At that point I didn't know everything about the church, but I knew that book was true.

How I live my faith

Since my sons are grown and on their own I have lots of time. I could go and get a paying job, but my husband and I are fortunate to be able to get by on just his income. One thing I've learned as a Mormon is the great joy and satisfaction that comes from serving others, so that's what I do. I teach a Sunday class of 5 year olds each week. I lead our church choir and arrange for other music for our worship services. I serve in the LDS temple a couple of times a month. I also love kids and don't yet have any grandkids, so I babysit for young mothers that I know whenever I get the chance.

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Simply--God does. What's unique to me about the Mormon church and it's leadership is that no one ever calls themselves to anything. Those who are currently leading receive inspiration/revelation from God as to who to call to serve in various positions. It is our choice whether to accept those callings, but we don't seek them or put ourselves forward in any way. This is true even for the prophet. The prophet, along with the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles oversees the church. These men serve in these callings until they die. When an Apostle dies the remaining Apostles pray to receive revelation as to who should fill that vacancy. The senior (longest serving) member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles is the president of that quorum, and when the prophet dies he becomes the new prophet and leader of the church--but, only after all of the members of the quorum pray and receive revelation that that is God's will. God chooses the prophet by calling a man to serve in the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles and then preserving his life long enough to become the senior apostle. Show more Show less

What is the role of the husband and the wife in the family?

To me the most important role of a wife in the family is to love her husband, and my husband's role is to love me. We work at that. We take care of each other, are kind to each other, are gentle with criticism or correction if it's needed, and try not to take offense. I think that the best thing that parents can give their children is a strong and happy marriage. This doesn't just happen, it takes commitment and a long-term vision, because life is hard and none of us are perfect at it. This perspective has seen me through short-term problems that otherwise could have ruined my marriage. This church has taught me that marriage is meant to be satisfying, happy and eternal. Knowing that has made all the difference in how I have faced challenges in my marriage. Since I know that God wants my marriage to be satisfying, happy and eternal, I know that He will help me to know what to do to achieve that, and He has. Show more Show less