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Hi I'm Penny

I'm a wife and mother of two teenagers. I'm a choir and wrestling mom. I love spending time with family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 47 year old wife and mother of two teenagers (ages 16 and 17). My hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, digging into genealogy and family history, and cheering on my children in whatever sport or activity they are involved in. The past 17 years have completely revolved around my children. Being a stay at home mom, volunteering in their classes, extra curricular activities and enjoying watching everything they do. This past year has brought a flood of changes to my life. Like many others, my family has been affected by the economic changes over the past several years. After 16 years of being a stay at home mom, we have found it necessary for me to go back to work. It has been an adjustment for all of us but I have felt the Lord’s hand guiding us and helping us in our trials. I have come to realize that life will never be easy, it's not meant to be, but we can find joy in the journey! I have found a new joy in working at the high school where my kids attend and working a few hours a week with my husband. It often frightens me that my kids are so close to leaving the nest but I am enjoying watching them figure out what they want to do with their lives. As that time grows closer, I also find comfort and joy in the fact that I am married to my best friend. Just as one chapter ends, another chapter begins. As sad as I am for one to end, I am beginning to look forward to beginning the next.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in this church and never really knew anything else growing up. Having ancestors who crossed the plains and sacrificed so much I sadly took it for granted for many years. I am a firm believer that the Lord gives us trials to draw us closer to Him and I feel that is exactly what has led me to follow what I know in my heart to be true. In a world filled with chaos it has brought me peace and happiness knowing that it all has a greater purpose. Life is about so much more than the here and now. I have found that when I am at my lowest point emotionally, I don't have to look far to find someone worse off than I am. As a member of this church, I have been given countless opportunities to serve and in that service I have found the hope and will to carry on and to endure to the end. When we moved across the country several years ago, I was so scared to be so far away from family but in my heart I knew that if I could just make it to church that first Sunday, everything would be ok because I would have my church family.

How I live my faith

I have the hard earned blessing and privilege of starting each school day teaching a scripture study course called Seminary. Seminary is a 4 year program that our youth participate in during their time in high school. Each year is a different course of study (Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Church History) We currently have 2 classes at our high school that begin at 6 am with over 40 students that attend regularly. The "hard earned" part is getting up at 4:15 and spending a lot of time preparing myself each day to make this 50 minutes valuable to these amazing kids. The "blessing and privilege" part is spending 50 minutes each day with them and learning together how to apply the scriptures in our lives and how to draw closer to our Savior Jesus Christ. This is not a job and I do not receive monetary payment for my time but the rewards are more valuable than any amount of money.