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Hi I'm Vanessa

I grew up and live in Australia but I've been around the world. I love meeting new friends and travelling.

About Me

I have moved around a lot when I was younger so that I could enjoy new places and new people. I have met friends from all around our beautiful world and seen many wonderful places. I have now settled a little since I got married. I enjoy spending time with my family. I especially enjoy spending time with my nieces and nephews. Becoming a parent has been a strugle so I have a furbaby and a few finny kids at the moment. I love arts and crafts of all kinds. I enjoy teaching those things that I know to others although I dislike public speaking opportunities. I also relish any opportunity to learn other crafts and talents when I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to The Church Of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints at age 4 and joined at the age of 8. I also attended Catholic Primary School and had friends of many other religions during my later school years. From as young as I can remember I knew that all the other religions had something missing which I never felt with my own. I understand that my religion seems to ask a lot (you can't drink or smoke etc) which goes against the general flow of non-religeous Australian life and yet if you follow the principles outlined for us, you will find youself healthy, happy and at peace. I have at times in my later life chosen not to follow the principles of my religion and always ended up feeling cheated in some way with the end results. I find complete happiness and hope when following our Lord and His representatives on this Earth whom I believe are the Authorities of this Religion and none other. I have a deep belief of the principle of Eternal Progression after this Earth life and look forward to participating in the next life within my family unit. I look forward to a time when I can hug my Grandmother and my Children who have gone on before me again.

How I live my faith

I am not perfect and I don't pretend I am. I do however feel that regardless of what you want, others will watch you and judge your religion on your behavior so I do try to be worthy of good not bad opinion. I try to befriend everyone. I do community service tasks when I can. A lot of the time now, my body lets me down so I tend to stick to smaller jobs these days. The easiest is to simply smile at people whose eyes you meet when out shopping. I always try to say please and thank you to people who offer me service such as the cleaners in the shopping centres and the Checkout operators etc. In the past I organised weddings, dinners and dances, activities for youth, clean up your neighbourhood and tree planting days etc. I've cleaned, painted and even partially renovated houses and other buildings. I've helped people find jobs. I've sung in choirs and led people in singing. I've assisted in setting up community websites and newsletters. I have volunteered with Emergency Services and School associated positions. I attend school fete's and through my work, I've offered products and other services to the community. Last month I started teaching the children of our local Church, Sunday School. I love showing children how much love and light there is in our world, especially when a lot of the media focus is on the sad and depressing side of society. I help with looking after children for a minimal fee or free depending on the circumstance so the parents can have a chance to revive themselves. I teach craft such as sewing to others and have donated items for Women's refuges, medical facilities and other humanitarian projects. I do none of these things for financial gain. I prefer to be in the background getting on with the job rather than the front focus of whatever activity I am involved with at the time.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Women don't hold the priesthood in our Church. I personally don't feel a need to do so nor do I feel a lack of anything by not holding the priesthood. I think it is wonderful to be able to ask a man who is living worthy to stand in for my older brother (Jesus Christ) and my Heavenly Father to help me when I need assistance. It also gives men a chance to offer service to others without the social stresses of such opportunities. Society has changed a great deal and whilst I appreciate the freedoms to choose my own path that modern society allows, I find sometimes that I'm feeling sadness at the lack of respect women now receive from men. Women seem to be able to find a way to respect others, Men often need a little help and the preisthood teaches them how to live a life that shows respect for themselves and others. When you find respect, you find leadership naturally follows. I am happy to be able to lead the home life and am happy to leave the political arena to those others who wish to follow that path. Show more Show less