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Hi I'm Louise

I joined the church at age 29. I am a convert of over 40 years and I love being a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 6, Mom, Dad, 3 brothers and me. My father worked in road construction so we moved to where the job was. He also taught swimming and coached swim team. My mom taught sewing and did sewing for a ballet company. Both of my parents collected antiques and became antique dealers. My mom also became an appraiser for estates. Because of the antique interests we attended auctions and did some dumpster diving. We would go to old junk yards and dig for bottles and dishes. Mom could do about anything. She could repair old crockery and plates, or just about any antique. I can remember coming home and telling her about a field trip in school that would include a football game at a nearby college. She asked what I would wear. I told her I would bundle up in layers of sweaters. When I got up in the morning, she had made me a new coat. It was a full length red wool coat and fully lined with a built in hood and looked like it came right out of Vogue. If a job needed done, we knew she could do it. I also became a swim instructor and have taught for over 50 years now. I married a military man. He served in the submarine service in the Navy. We moved with his transfers. We have seven children. They were born in the northeast, southeast, northwest, southwest and midwest. That makes us an all American family. At one of the duty stations, we met the missionaries and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. That was the smartest decision of our lives. I have worked at a variety of jobs as needed. Both my husband and I have been working on our family history for over 40 years. We have scheduled most of our vacations and moves around the fun of finding relatives. We would pull a trailer with our tent in it and camp where ever we thought we could do some research. Our children grew up helping us look for family names in cemeteries. We also try to see as much of this beautiful country as we can. Now most of our trips include our children, grandchildren and great grandchildren, or temple work. We don't sleep in the tent any more. We are getting to old to sleep on the ground. Our greatest joy is our family, both those born to us and the ones married into our family, or adopted by us as family. I am so glad to know that families are forever.  

Why I am a Mormon

My parents raised us in a variety of churches and told us to choose for ourselves. My parents had a teachers addition of the King James version of the bible. I read about many things in there that did not ring true with all that was being taught in the churches I attended. When I started studying about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints the teachings were right with what I had studied in the Bible. With prayer and study I received a witness of the truthfulness of what the missionaries were teaching me. One month short of my 30th birthday I was baptized. I love the gospel. My husband, oldest son and myself were baptized on the same day. What a blessing it has been in our lives to be sealed as a family in the Temple of our God for time and all eternity. I am a Mormon because the teachings are true.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the church. Most involve teaching. I have been a Family History Director. I also love to be in the Temple. Now my husband and I are serving a mission in the Iowa DesMoines Mission, serving in Havana, Illinois. Studying the scriptures is a life time occupation. I am learning more on a daily basis. Attending church meetings is important to me. I love having inspired leaders that help us to learn and grow towards the best person we can be.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Louise
Yes. God is the same today as He was yesterday and will be tomorrow. He loves all of his children and will not leave us alone. He provides direction through prophets today. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Louise
We believe in the Bible because it is the word of God, as is the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

Louise
We believe that the purpose of life is to obtain a body and live worthy to go home to our Heavenly Father. That means we need to learn all that we can to become like our Savior and Heavenly Father. Show more Show less

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Louise
Yes! We must live worthy to receive this blessing and do what is required for the sealing blessings to be in effect. Families can be together forever. Mothers and Fathers, Grandparents and Great Grandparents, children and great grand children. In the bible it says what is sealed on earth is sealed in heaven. What greater joy could there be then to return to our Father in Heaven with our families. Show more Show less

Who wrote the Book of Mormon?

Louise
The Book of Mormon is revelation and history given to prophets from God and recorded for the benefit of the people. Show more Show less

Who chooses the Mormon prophet?

Louise
The Lord Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Louise
 No. We are to study out what the person running for office stands for ourselves and decide whether we can support their stand or not. Show more Show less

How can we come to know our Father in Heaven?

Louise
The best way to come to know our Heavenly Father is to talk to him in prayer. Study the scriptures and pray to understand. Pray in gratitude for the gifts he has given and always listen for his answers. The more a person learns about Him and the more time spent with Him in service and prayer and study the better we will get to know our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Louise
Mormonism teaches that all need to be baptized by someone with the proper authority once they reach the age of accountability, and have the knowledge to accept the covenants that are a part of baptism. Show more Show less