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Hi I'm Nancy

I joined the church when I lived in Hawai'i. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mother of four active and busy children three boys and one girl. They teach me about love and help me to live in the moment. I am married to a supportive and caring husband of 20 years. We met while serving voluntary missions for our church when we were called to serve in Italy. I served in Northern Italy and he served in Southern Italy. We hooked up 5 years later and are forever grateful for the life we have together. I graduated from college in advertising and although I haven't worked in the field since I began raising a family, I value education and believe we should strive to learn and grow no matter where we are in life. I enjoy seeing my children blossom and become the best they can be. I love the outdoors, along with gardening, baking, riding my bike, rollerblading with my kids even if they skate circles around me, and running with my dog. I believe in working hard and playing hard. I volunteer in our children's schools and have become more politically involved studying local issues and candidates for office on the state and national level.

Why I am a Mormon

I decided to join the church and become a Mormon when I was 15 years old. My parents divorced when I was 12. My dad was an alcoholic and although we loved him dearly, the instability and emotional stress became too much for our family. After 17 years of trying to make it work, my mom finally decided enough was enough. We moved from Oregon to Hawaii, to begin a new life. My mom was of Hawaiian ancestry and grew up there. After the divorce, she wanted to return and be closer to her family. When we moved to Hawaii, we decided that we wanted to find a church that could answer all of our questions. We were raised as Christians and our mother instilled in us a sure faith in Jesus Christ. We felt that there was one truth and wanted to find it. We attended different churches as a family off and on for about three years. Some had wonderful choirs, while others had great youth groups, but something about each of the churches we attended, didn't feel quite right. I remember we would discuss our feelings and impressions after each service we attended. We decided to join none of them and gave up searching a little frustrated. In all honesty, we had never even considered to look into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: The LDS Church or otherwise known as the Mormon Church. We had heard all kinds of strange rumors and ideas about the church that later proved to be false, but we didn't know that at the time. One day, my mother ran into a friend whom she hadn't seen in several years. This friend used to teach at my little sister's preschool. This particular friend had been through her own share of trials and was divorced just like my mother. They had a lot in common. However, upon meeting again, my mom immediately noticed something very different about her friend. She seemed so happy and excited about life. Her entire outlook seemed to change from what my mom remembered. Curious, my mom asked her why she was so happy. She wanted to know what had caused such a change. My mother's friend replied that she had found a very special church and was recently baptized a member of this church. My mom was very excited to know more. She was a single parent trying to raise five children without any support financially or emotionally from her ex-husband, our father. She was right in the middle of raising teenagers and was feeling like she could use some additional insight into this important challenge and blessing of being a mother. She was seeking answers and direction. Her friend told her about the church she had joined and then invited our family to meet the missionaries from the church who could teach us the beliefs and doctrine of the church. When our mother asked us if we could join her at this meeting, we responded with comments such as, "no way! Mormons are so boring. All they do is drink milk." We had heard so many strange things about the LDS church but with our mother's gentle encouragement, we decided as a family that we would just go and listen to what the missionaries had to say. I will never forget the day we first sat together in my mother's friend's home with the two humble missionaries, Elder Black and Elder Hutchinson. This meeting, and the others that followed changed our lives in a dramatic and incredible way. My mother was a single mother of 4 teenagers and one seven year old, and our lives were spinning off course. We had always been raised moral people who believed in following God and His teachings. We believed in the ten commandments and in Jesus Christ. But like a boat without a rudder, we didn't have the direction and guidance to keep us in safe harbors. We were venturing in all different directions. We were desperately trying to stay afloat but we found ourselves in dangerous and destructive currents. The missionaries challenged us the first night they taught us and subsequent nights, to pray and ask God if the things they were teaching us were true. As a young girl of 15, I knew God loved me and would answer my prayers. I asked God and received a sweet and warm feeling that it was indeed true. I learned about the Book of Mormon, a second witness of Jesus Christ. I have grown to love it, as I love the Bible and believe both to be the word of God. I came to know that Jesus restored the church He had organized upon the earth anciently, once again through the prophet Joseph Smith. I learned that God speaks through prophets just as He had done anciently. I was excited to learn about a living prophet today. I am more sure now than I was even then, that God loves us. He has not left us alone. We don't need to grope in the dark. We can receive guidance every day if we just ask.

How I live my faith

I strive every day to be just a little bit better than I was the day before. I fall short and stumble, but I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ, I can be forgiven and washed clean. I am so grateful to Jesus Christ, for His incredible sacrifice and sufferings He endured for me. Currently, I teach the 16 and 17-year olds Sunday School. I absolutely love it. Each year, we study a different book of scripture. This year, we are studying the Old Testament and it is wonderful. I am learning so much and I love the youth I teach. What is so amazing about the church is it is a lay ministry. No one is paid for their service. Not even the pastor of the church. Everyone has other jobs and their service is voluntary and for as long as the Lord needs us to do that particular responsibility. In the past, I was over the children's group and the young women's group. In the end, it doesn't really matter what we do. But by serving together and taking turns in these responsibilities, we learn so many things. We learn to love whom we serve and we learn to get along and work together as a church family. We get to put into practice the doctrine of Jesus Christ in our day to day living. Sometimes we may be asked to do something that may feel out of our realm. We may feel inadequate and not up to the task. But I have experienced the power that comes when we seek the Lord for help and let Him work through us. This is His church. He is in charge and He wants His children to come to Him. We are merely servants in His hands.

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Nancy
No, it is all voluntary. However, I must state that the young men are strongly encouraged to go. We believe it is a commandment for them. That being said, they are still able to choose for themselves. No one is forced to do anything. But like all commandments, the blessings we receive from being obedient, far outweigh the sacrifice required. Young women are welcome and greatly needed and appreciated in the mission field if they desire to do so, and if they feel it is what the Lord has called them to do. I decided to serve a mission because I had found something very special and wanted to share what I had found with others. It had changed my life and helped me to know why I was here on this earth. I came to know of my great worth and potential. I grew closer to my Savior, Jesus Christ and learned of His great love for me. I didn't feel like I could possibly keep this all to myself. I had to share it. And so I did. I was called by God to serve in the Milan, Italy mission. I grew to love the Italian people and had such an incredible experience serving them. You love whom you serve and I truly did grow to love them. It was hard, hard work, but it helped root my testimony in rich fertile soil. I will forever be grateful for having made the decision to serve the Lord full-time for that 18 month period. It has made all the difference for me. Show more Show less