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Hi I'm Penny

writer, editor, wife, mom and grandmother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live with my husband of 30 years and work from the home. All of our three sons married delightful ladies, and have given us five grandchildren to date. Our newest granddaughter and grandson are cousins nearly of an age, as we will soon have another grandson from our other daughter. Our children and grandchildren delight us, as does our marriage which produced them. Knowing that our family will be together for the eternities gives us our greatest joy. In addition to writing, I enjoy quilting, crocheting and knitting, drawing, painting, photography, gardening and reading. History fascinates me. I can be found with a history book in my had more often than any of the classics, although I read those as well. The two together have formed the foundation of my writing. However, no hobby or avocation gives me more satisfaction than being 'Nanny' to my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents teaching me the precepts of the gospel of Jesus Christ fill my earliest memories. My parents were strong in the Gospel, loved the Lord, and devoted themselves to the service of others. As I grew, my own faith began to grow as I saw God's hand in many things, especially in the answer to prayer. As a youth, God blessed me with a few powerful experiences which testified to me that Jesus is the Christ, he lives, this is his true and living church upon the earth, and that he stands at its head. I stay a Mormon because my testimony of Jesus Christ and my certainty of God's love have come to define who I am. The Holy Spirit whispers these things to my soul. I have often felt God's love surround and comfort me. Of course I have questions and greatly desire to know all God’s plan, but I do not allow the things I do not know to cause me to doubt the things I do. Through the Church and its gospel teaching I have learned how to communicate with my Heavenly Father, how to listen to the promptings of the Spirit, and who is Jesus Christ and what is his purpose on the earth. I have learned to search and study the scriptures to discover these truths for myself, and the Holy Spirit testifies to me of their truthfulness, sometimes in small, quiet ways, but other times in life-altering moments. By following the precepts of the gospel, enlarging my understanding of it, and growing closer to my Heavenly Father, I find not only peace but true joy. I'm Penny, and that's why I'm a Mormon. 

How I live my faith

I live my faith by striving to serve the Lord. I believe that there is no more sure way to understand Jesus Christ and his love for us than by emulating his life of service. Doing this has enlarged and expanded my love for him and my certainty of his love for me. To serve others brings me great joy and fills me with love and gratitude to my Heavenly Father for my own blessings. As part of my congregation, I serve as the chairman of a committee whose purpose it is to help each individual prepare for times of need. Areas of focus include being spiritually, financially, and educationally prepared to face the times of want in our lives so that we may continue to provide for ourselves and our families, as well as share Heavenly Father's blessing to us with others. In our particular area, we are threatened with hurricanes every summer. A significant aspect of my service includes helping people prepare for that eventuality, including the deprivations of the storm's aftermath. It is also my responsibility to organize our congregation into small neighborhood groups who help each other after a storm, as well as communicate to our leadership what help is required on a larger scale.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

In many aspects, Mormons are the same as their neighbors. They shop at the same stores, frequent the same restaurants, read the same books, and seek much of the same cultural and popular entertainment as their non-Mormon friends. The importance of gaining as much education as possible is strongly felt. Mormons are doctors and lawyers, scientists and teachers. They have careers from sports to politics to actors and musicians and everything in between. They are stay-at-home moms and dads, single parents, two-income households and those who have never married. They have no children or one or five or ten. They live in suburbs and inner cities, in great metropolises and remote rural areas. Mormons live on every continent, and the 134 completed temples in which we worship dot the face of the globe. Mormon life centers around families. While each person has their own weaknesses and strengths and no one is perfect, we strive to hold family prayer both morning and night, read the scriptures together as a family, and set aside time for personal prayer and scripture study. We reserve one evening a week solely to our families, in which we learn simple gospel truths, discuss family issues, sing, play games, display our talents, and have fun. Our youth (ages 14-18) attend early-morning or after-school religion classes during the school year, or study the material on their own. Mormons volunteer a great deal of their time and efforts to youth programs and activities, as well as in separate programs for younger children. The Sabbath is a time for meeting together for worship and partaking of the Holy Sacrament. We keep the Sabbath holy by refraining from shopping or other activities which may compel others to work on Sunday. We devote this day to strengthening our families, uplifting others, and learning and teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ. The purpose of our temple worship is to seal our families, both living and dead, together for time and all eternity. Outwardly, Mormons may be identified amongst their peers by the choices they make in an effort to become worthy of returning to our Father in Heaven. Honor and integrity may make them stand out, as may the abstinence from alcohol, coffee, and tea. Mormons believe our bodies are temples for our spirits which best thrive when it is clean and pure. We believe the power to create new life is a great gift of God and so strive to protect it. Some of the ways we do that are to dress modestly, refrain from lewd or coarse language or thoughts, and shun entertainment and media which degrade and denigrate this holy power. We believe in abstinence before marriage and sexual relations strictly between husband and wife. The children resultant of that union are a precious stewardship from our Heavenly Father and we strive to treat them as such and return them again to him. Like those of other faiths, Mormons try to emulate Jesus Christ by providing charity and services in acts small and great. Mormons strive to be good, contributing members of their nations and communities. Service is fundamental. Members of each congregation serve as priesthood leaders, auxiliary leaders, teachers, librarians, musicians, and many other positions which help foster an atmosphere of love and fellowship in the gospel. The members’s efforts in providing aid are not limited to other members. In the aftermaths of both Hurricanes Katrina and Ike and other natural disasters, Mormons in ‘Helping Hands’ yellow T-shirts could be found hundreds of miles from their homes helping with everything from cutting down trees and clearing debris to ‘shadowing’ community leaders with their HAM radios to improve communication, irrespective of any recipient's religion or creed. Members volunteer a lot, both in functions of the Church and outside it. They are always looking for more ways to serve. Members also love to discuss what they believe and share their testimonies of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior. We believe that we are all spirit children of a loving Heavenly Father whose great plan is to return us again into his presence. The gospel of Jesus Christ is the pathway he has provided us. It brings great joy into our lives, as does sharing it with our brothers and sisters across the globe. Show more Show less