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Hi I'm Helen

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Nevada. I met my husband in high school. My husband and I are converts. We now live in Texas.

About Me

I am a mom and a grandmother. I am a retired educator. I have been part owner of a family run business. When I was young, I lived in the country of Turkey with my husband who was in the military at the time. Two of our three children were born there. We have moved to many places and have enjoyed traveling. We have an international family with a son-in-law from India, a son-in-law from Germany and a daughter-in-law who is half Korean. Our seven grandchildren are reflections of their diverse parents. In my spare time I enjoy reading and writing. My secret wish is to someday be a published writer. I am attempting to teach myself to play the piano. So far, my grandchildren are much more accomplished than I at the instrument. I majored in history and English, and so, like learning about history, particularly American history. My time spent living in Turkey has blessed me with an appreciation for my homeland and a desire to experience other cultures. My husband and I have visited Germany and Greece. We have traveled through most of the United States, particularly, the west. We have a deep love our national parks. My special favorite is Zion National Park. I can honestly say I have seen this country "from sea to shining sea. I have truly been blessed with a wonderful family. Spending time with them is my most favorite activity. Grandchildren are the greatest!

Why I am a Mormon

Members of my family have been a part of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since the Restoration. My parents were raised in the Church. I was partially raised in the church. My parents were inactive. I did not become a member until I was 45 yrs old. I always felt as if there was a part of me missing. I would often drive by LDS church buildings and think, "I belong there." I wanted my children to grow up knowing the Lord. For awhile we attended the church my husband was raised in. We had a very bad experience there and gave up on going to church altogether. As our children grew up we were living in the San Francisco Bay Area and started studying "New Age" philosophies. Both my husband and I felt there was something to them, but not only were there some pretty far fetched notions, there were also a lot of people who's primary aim was to make money rather than helping other attain spiritual enlightenment. My husband and I gave up on that because we both felt we needed to serve others in some way. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints fulfilled all of our expectations of what a church should be. First and foremost is the emphasis on the Savior. I have loved His since I was a little girl. To think of being able to attend His Church is amazing. The LDS Church's emphasis on family is also important to me. The church given me the ability to learn about my spiritual nature and teach me how I can become more like the Savior. Lastly, the Church is about service. We have no paid clergy. The member do everything from speaking from the pulpit to cleaning the chapel. We teach the youth, visit the infirm, serve up pot luck, organize activities, serve the community and work in the Temple. I love the Temple. I have a strong testimony of the work we do there. It is a place of peace in and ever demanding world. It is the Lord's house and there we learn more about Him and his love for us.

How I live my faith

My husband and I serve as Temple Ordinance Workers once a week in the San Antonio Temple. When I am there I go about smiling constantly, can't help it. I just smile because of the joy I feel there. I do my visiting teaching. My companion and I have two sisters we visit with every month. I then report to myself, as I am one of many persons to whom the visiting teachers make their report every month. Visiting teachers and our counterpart with the men in our ward, home teachers, go out and visit members and their families in their homes, teach scripture lessons and see if there are any needs with which the church can assist them. Each family has home teachers and visiting teachers. Each member is a home teacher or visiting teacher. This program allows us to help each other in times of trouble and also strengthens the bonds we form among the members of the ward. In the past I have served as a Cub Scout Leader, Activities committee member, nursery worker, teacher, Family History Instructor and Director of the Family History Center. In past years I have worked with our ward members to gather Nativity collections from members and non-members to create a collections of Nativity displayed in our cultural center during the holidays. It was open to all the community and was very well attended each year we held it. I helped with the Temple Open House that was held prior to the dedication of the San Antonio Temple. Thousands of people from the community attended the Open House. It took many hours of preparation and organization. I also enjoy helping to clean the Temple. As members of the church we are also asked to volunteer our time working at the Bishop's storehouse. The storehouse is a food bank where members having difficulty can get help with groceries until they are back on their feet. Housed there also is the cannery where members can can food items for food storage.