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Hi I'm Nancy

I'm a mom to three. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a stay-at-home mom to three wonderful kids. My husband is working on his PhD. We got married young but still managed to travel the world together. We're looking forward to many more adventures together. I enjoy writing, singing, and spending time with my family. I ran a marathon once but wouldn't dare list running as one of my passions. I just started learning the ukulele. Oh, and I'm a Mormon!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church but after much reflection have decided—and felt guided—to stay "true to the faith which [my] parents have cherished." Attending church is a high point of each week; I need the spiritual nourishment.

How I live my faith

I work with the children at church. It's a joy to meet with them every week, to watch their faith and testimonies grow. They honestly teach me so much. My favourite time, though, is singing time. I love listening to the children sing. Nothing invites the spirit faster than hearing their sweet voices testify of the Savior and Heavenly Father's plan for us.

What is a ward/stake/branch?

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide church; virtually anywhere you go in the world you will find members of the church. Church members meet in congregations to worship; we call our congregations "wards" or "branches" depending on the size of the congregation. A branch is typically smaller than a ward. Often you will hear of the ward or branch being referred to as a "family," and that's really what it feels like. When I had my second baby I lived far away from my family but the members of our little branch stepped in and filled that role—one woman drove me to the hospital in the early morning hours (we didn't have a car at the time); she also drove me, my husband, and our new baby home from the hospital. Nine ladies in the branch brought meals to our home, several offered to help clean the house and watch our toddler so I could rest, and one even insisted on giving me a pedicure. They were my family when I was so far away from my own family. A stake is a group of wards and/or branches. Show more Show less