Hi I'm Nancee
I'm a 51 year old mother of one terrific, yet developmentally challenged adult daughter. I have been a certified home health aide for 17 years, a profession which I love because I can make a difference in people's lives on a daily basis. Heavenly Father gives me the strength to face my challenges daily and I feel so very blessed by Him in my life.
Why I am a Mormon
I was baptized and confirmed (along with my daughter) into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints just before 2007 began. Our lives had been so bleak, negative and hopeless untill we discovered the restored gospel! I've never known that such joy could be found by turning my heart in its entirety to Jesus Christ, and following his teachings. Our lives, and our family relationship has been strengthened in so many remarkable ways. It has made me better as a mother, and as a person. I'm proud to call myself a Mormon. It's a pride that comes from finding meaning and purpose in my life through our Heavenly Father. I feel like my ward brothers and sisters are my family and we all help and support each other through both good and bad times. I've never found such joy in the 47 years I lived before joining the church.
Can you talk about the missions of the Church and your participation in them?
One main mission of the church is to bring Jesus Christ and his teachings to as many people worldwide, and beyond death, as possible. We are all to be God's own disciples in our own little corners of the world. The only way to fight the filth and nastiness that has pervaded our culture is to counteract it with Jesus Christ!! And the only way to bring Jesus Christ into this world is to serve others with love and kindness. That's how I eagerly help in my small ways. I pray truly that these words might help to bring others into the light of Christ. Everytime I hold a door open for someone, I know I'm doing God's work and I am thankful that He gives me the opportunity to do so.
What blessings have come through your faith in Jesus Christ?
The biggest blessing has to be inner peace. I grew up where I never felt accepted and no one did anything to help me get closer to Jesus Christ. I felt like my soul was little more than a slab of swiss cheese, full of holes and bland. I ached to find some truth and meaning in my life. I found it the day I chose to be baptized. And I was blessed, too, because my daughter has found people who love and accept her as she is, not for what she is not. I now feel like I can call on my fellow members like they are family members.
How has the Holy Ghost helped you?
The Holy Ghost has been my comforter in my life since joining the church. He is God's "right arm" telling me how to handle my daily life and its troubles. He has shown me that I could be the activities committee chairperson when I never believed that I could handle such responsibilities. He's shown me how I can best handle my daughter's struggles with kindness and love. Ever since I've had Him in my life, I've made much better decisions. I'm a much happier person because I know He will be there to guide me.
Why do Mormons do family history or genealogy work?
We do family histories because Joseph Smith, through revelations, told us it needed to be done to unite the world family. We do it, too, because it brings us so much closer to our own families! A perfect example: My paternal grandfather died 23 years before I was born. I never thought much more about him than why he changed his name. By doing family history work, I found out so much about him that it made him not just a name....BUT MY OWN GRANDFATHER! I now have the utmost respect for this man I've never met, but love so very deeply. I also found out that my maternal grandfather was lost in the shuffle when Ellis Island made a transcription error. It took me 2 years of searching, but two days before Christmas, I found him! And I even contacted Ellis Island who then corrected the error. So, now, for generations to come, they will be able to find my grandfather, because of the work I have done!
How has the Book of Mormon brought you closer to God?
Before studying the Book of Mormon, I would get confused and boggled down by the Bible. The Book of Mormon has made the Bible much more understandable and together with the Bible I can understand better the words of God and how I'm supposed to handle my life.
Why do Mormons go on missions?
Mormons believe that to spread the word of the gospel is what Jesus wants us to do. The more good that comes into this world helps to replace the ugliness in it.
Could you talk about your baptism?
My baptism was really exciting to me. I felt like I had a second chance at life and because I repented of past sins, I would start brand new, a clean slate. What a thrill!! I was so excited that I would jump around yep, 47 years old and jumping like a kid. I had smiles that wouldn't quit. There is NO drug, drink, or food that could compare to the awesome feelings I had when I was baptized. Also, my daughter was baptized at the same time which made me one very, very happy mother. To see that my daughter was going in the right direction in her life was a major blessing to me. We were baptized on Dec. 30, 2006. We were confirmed on New Year's Eve, 2006. What a perfect way to end a year and start a new year with a new life!!!
How has your knowledge of the Plan of Happiness changed/benefited your life?
In 1994, I had a miscarriage. For years I couldn't understand the reason why. I know now, that my child is waiting for me to finish my work on this earth so I can join him/her. That gives me so much peace. Also, I'm really excited that I can get to know my paternal grandfather someday. It makes me long for the day when I meet him and that I did know him long before I chose to receive my body on this earth. It soothes my soul, and makes me feel complete as a family.
What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?
By going to church weekly, and encouraging my daughter to go, we support each other in our strivings to become better Christians.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Well, I'm a home health aide, so the talents that God has given me in working with the sick and elderly help all my people daily. It's my goal to give everyone I work with daily, a laugh or two. I'm sooo honored that God gave me a great sense of humor. It makes me smile deep inside to see someone in pain smile in response to my efforts.
Which of the Savior’s teachings have influenced you in your life?
Jesus teaches patience. Patience is what I need so very much in living with a developmentally disabled daughter. He teaches kindness. Kindness is what I need so much of in my working with the elderly. Jesus teaches love. Loving people is what makes this world go round. And by loving others, we are blessed in unbelievable ways.
Think about your everyday activities. What are things you act upon each day where you cannot see the end results? How does faith move you to action?
I spend much of my waking time in service to others. Each night I offer up to God my daily efforts in my nightly prayers. I sleep very, very well after doing so.
How I live my faith
I joyfully live my faith in service to others as often as possible. I love to serve people, because to serve them is to serve God. I surprisingly enjoy organizing church events and working in the church media center. I thrive because I learn so, so much about living life the way Jesus would want me to, as well as learning about inner strengths I never knew I had. I feel so good helping people...it makes me glow from the inside out. By serving in these capacities, and any way in which I'm called upon, I feel like my life has a grand purpose. I feel so very loved.