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Hi I'm Florence

I'm a daughter, sister, wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in southern Arizona, but moved to the southeast United States after I was married. Here I discovered the beauty of trees but missed being able to see for miles. I brought with me a love of reading and have successfully shared that love with all my children, many of whom are now passing on that love to their own children. I have had the blessing of being able to be a full-time mother (and wife). I don't say "stay at home" mom because being involved in my children's lives has led me to plenty of activities outside the home. I've been involved in parent teacher organizations, band booster organizations, watched many soccer and tennis matches, and volunteering at the library. I play the piano and organ and enjoy doing so because I love music, but I don't sing very well. I sew a little and that, combined with some organizational skills, led me to become involved in a national organization that donates homemade blankets to children who are ill or are going through some sort trauma.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church, but have learned for myself that its teachings are true. This testimony didn't come in one great event, but has developed over the years, little by little as I have studied the scriptures, prayed, and tried to follow the teachings of the Savior. I know that without the atonement of our Savior Jesus Christ our lives on this earth would be without meaning. I know that when I share what I believe that the Holy Spirit has the opportunity to once again whisper that what I just said is true. I know that as I study the Bible and the Book of Mormon and our other books of scripture with a prayer in my heart the Lord helps me find the answers that I need. I know that following the counsel of living prophets helps us avoid many, many problems. Looking at the lives of people around me confirms this.

How I live my faith

One way I live my faith is by being involved in serving others. Sometimes that service takes the form of volunteering in the public library. Other times it involves helping make and donate blankets to children who need to know that someone cares about them. Often it is helping older friends go shopping or get to a doctor. Really listening to someone, old or young, is a way to serve them. I have always served in the church. Starting when I was still a teenage I have played the piano or organ for various church meetings. I have served as a teacher of children, of youth, and of adults. This is the sixth year that I have served as a teacher for an early morning scripture study class for teenagers. Every school morning from 6 to 6:50 these high school students meet to learn from the scriptures, this year from the Old Testament. It is challenging for me to be prepared each morning, but I enjoy the studying that it requires of me. I learn so much! Part of being a teacher is living what you teach. I am working on being a good example of one who is trying to follow the Savior. I can't expect my students to pray daily if I'm not doing it myself! I also realize that service in my home is of the greatest importance. I don't mean being a slave who cooks and cleans; I mean teaching my children how to live good lives, showing them that I care enough to listen to them, too. I mean showing my love for them as well as saying I love them, being patient, saying "I'm sorry" when I need to. I guess I could summarize this whole section by quoting the Savior. "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me."