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Hi I'm Paula Swertfeger

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a mother, grandmother and teacher. I find myself in that in-between state. All my kids are grown and living in various places but we are still here not retired, but working. I love to be outside, to garden or walk. I like to read. I love to stay in touch with what's going on in the world, and listen to new music. I wish I could help others more, there is so much happening in the world, but I do the best I can with what I have.

Why I am a Mormon

 When I was 18 years old I met the missionaries while they were knocking on people's doors. What they talked about were the answers to all the questions I had been having just prior to meeting them. I had been contemplating my life and where I was going. When they told me of Joseph Smith's vision of God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, I went home and prayed about it. Was it true? I decided to study, and took lessons from the missionaries. I loved the way that they answered my questions patiently and never pushed me. They acted as the Lord's servants should--just out of concern and love for me as a person. One day I prayed and finally got the answer I had been waiting for. I felt the Holy Ghost burn within me and witness that this was the Lord's church upon the earth and that I should join it. That was 39 years ago--each year only gets better and I can't begin to say how much I have learned or how much I have grown spiritually since then. I love the Savior, and I am striving to live as He did and remember him each day. I look forward to the day when I can see His face.

How I live my faith

 I try to always have faith and to say my prayers. I get on my knees and pray as if everything depended on the Lord, and then get up and work as if everything depends on me. I teach high school freshman. They come to a religion class at 6a.m. each school day. I'm trying to give them a good start to their day, where they feel the Spirit and know that they have friends. Life is hard for them sometimes, and it's good for me to remember what it was like to be that age. They end up lifting me because so many of them have so much faith and knowledge already.

Are Mormons Christians?

Paula Swertfeger
 To be a Christian you must believe that Jesus Christ lived, was the Son of God and turn your life over to him. We must follow his teachings. We are Christians. Show more Show less