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Hi I'm Collette

I'm a mother of 7, grandma of 11. I love to hike the Grand Canyon. I'm a dental hygienist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am 51 years old this year. I am a mother of 1 son and 6 daughters, and a grandmother of 11. All of my children are adults - except for my 13-yr-old daughter. I work 4 days a week as a dental hygienist, and I am hoping to be able to continue my education in the future. For now, I am learning Spanish. I love reading, camping, and hiking the Grand Canyon.

Why I am a Mormon

Even though I have been a member of the church all of my life, and always felt that it was a good thing, I can remember a specific time when I was praying in my bedroom at 21 yrs old to know that the gospel is true and to feel the love of my Savior. I felt the Spirit witness to me that the God, the Father, and his son, Jesus Christ knew me by name, that they care about what happens to me, and love me. I felt completely clean from the top of my head to the soles of my feet. When times are hard or I am discouraged, I think about that experience and it brings me comfort. I believe that the Church of Jesus Christ has been restored for our time by Joseph Smith the prophet, under the direction of Jesus Christ, our Savior. I believe Jesus continues to guide and direct the current prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I believe the scriptures contain the gospel of Jesus. I also believe that there is no problem that cannot be solved with his help.

How I live my faith

I enjoy my calling as a Family History Specialist in our ward. I help people to trace their geneology. I believe that families are forever, and that knowing where we come from is important. I also visit 3 women from our congregation every month in their homes. I assess their needs and concerns and bring them a gospel message. I feel that my everyday challenges are solved more easily when I wake up in the morning and do four things before I get on with my day; Pray Read from the Scriptures Excercise Eat a Healthy Breakfast and drink lots of water. This is my way of preparing myself to face the day. I call it, "Putting on my armor."

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mormon women are like every other woman on this earth. Each woman on this earth is unique and special. We are concerned about our families and homes. We want to be significant and helpful to others. We try to have integrity in our lives. We yearn for peace and harmony, and work toward that in our personal and professional lives. We have a nurturing instinct. We believe that men and women are equal and complementary. I remember taking a physiology and anatomy class and studying the human heart. The heart has two separate pumps that work together as a single unit. The 'female' side is often smaller, responds quickly to stimuli from the nervous system, and pumps blood with great sensitivity into the lung area to get oxygen. The 'male' side pumps the oxygenated blood to the whole body. It has a thicker wall. The left side is the workhorse and provider. I believe this is how God wants us to be in our marriages - a man and woman, as equals, doing separate tasks as one unit. See: Mark 10: 8 "they twain shall be one flesh." Show more Show less

What are some of the ways that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps those around the world?

Check out ldsphilanthropies.org for some of the official ways that Mormons help. Our help is directed to anyone in need, regardless of religious affiliation. We believe in being 'anxiously engaged' in a good cause. I have enjoyed serving the people of Guatamala and Peru on serveral occasions, to help train dentists, provide dental work to people who have no access to it, and to deliver much needed humanitarian supplies to orphanages and churches. I have felt joy in serving my brothers and sisters in other lands. I hope to get a better handle on the Spanish language, and return again soon to Central or South America. Show more Show less