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Hi I'm Rayleen

I grew up in Idaho and Nebraska. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 60 year old mother of five children as well as 13 grandchildren. I was born into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and started attending Sunday School and Primary when I was three years old. I have very fond memorys of learning about my Heavenly Father and his son, Jesus Christ. I attended grade school in Twin Falls Idaho. When I was 12 years old, my father was transfered with his job to a grain and bean elevator in Alliance, Nebraska. This was our first experience of living away from the majority of Church members. We drove 35 miles to and from Church every Sunday and many times during the week to attend youth activites. I was privileged to attend Brigham Young University where I met my first husband. Richard John Millard. We were blessed to have five beautiful childrend. Richarddied of Melanoma Cancer in 1999. He was 48 years old. I have since remarried and live in Utah. I love doing family history work as well as spending time with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because my ancestors found the gospel of Jesus Christ in the mid 1800's when Mormon missionaries traveled to England to share the gospel with the world. My own parents brought me up in the gospel where I gained a testimony of my own. I now live in Utah, however, I had the privelege of living in a small town called Alliance, Nebraska. We lived 35 miles from our Branch. My parents made certain that we went to all of the church activites that were availabe. They even drove us one 125 miles to Cheyenne, Wyoming to attend Stake Youth activities. I think that the only opportunity that I missed growing up was to attend seminary in my teen years. I have had many testimony building experiences in my life, and I now look forward to seeing my own grown children have some of the same faith promoting experiences like I had with them as they were growing up. John and I hope to serve an LDS Mission in the coming years.

How I live my faith

I start and end every day on my knees in prayer. I also have a routine of scripture study which I do before anything else. I try to live as I believe that the Savior Jesus Christ would want me to live. I serve as a Family History consultant in my ward. I am involved in service activities in the community such as delivering hot meals to home bound senior citizens as well as participating in Kiwanis, which is a service club oriented towards helping children.

How can we increase our faith in Jesus Christ?

I have learned from experience that as I read and study the words and teachings of Jesus Christ that my faith in him grows. I have found that personal prayer and scripture study are very helpful in learning more about the Savior. Of course we should get down on our knees when possible, however, I have found that sometimes when I just have a prayer in my heart that I receive answers to questions or problems that I may have. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Tithing is 10 % of our income. It is used in several ways, however, one of the most important ways that tithing is used is to hlep build new meeting houses as well as LDS Temples around the world. My first experience with paying tithing is when I was newly married. We had only enough money left in our account to pay the electricity bill or to pay tithing. I paid the tithing on a Sunday and on Monday I received a check in the mail from my mother that had been lost at her home for over a year. My faith was strengthened that day as I realized that my Heavenly Father knew me and my struggles and that he loved me and was pleased with the decision that I had made to pay my tithing first. Show more Show less

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The word Atone means to pay for ones sins. Jesus Christ was the only perfect being in this world. Because of this he was the only one that could Atone (or suffer) for our sins. Because He was crucified and died for ours sins and then was the first to rise from the dead. We will also be able to Rise and live with him again. Show more Show less