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Hi I'm Ilene

I am a mom who Ioves singing, sewing, Jane Austen and Salzburg Austria! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been fortunate enough to stay home with my kids. I am so grateful that I can be there when they walk out the door and then back in each day! They are my greatest achievments! While the kids are all in school I have time to pursue different hobbies and service. I enjoy quilting, All the fabrics, the colors, textures and designs make me happyI I have always loved sewing and quilting gives me a chance to use all those scraps and then go buy more! Geneology has become a new pursuit for me. Having recently learned about my great great great grandfather I realized that I wanted to know more. Learning about my ancestors has filled a void in my life that I didn't know was there until I started looking. I lived in Salzburg Austria for a little while and grew to love the beauty and history of that town. If I could take all the people I love and put them in Salzburg Austria that would be my heaven on earth! Besides my family, singing is probably one of the things that has brought me the greatest joy in life! It has helped me to grow closer to the Lord. Music conveys truths and feelings in a way that nothing else does. Because of my singing I have been involved in groups that have allowed me to gain valuable relationships, I have been able to tour foreign countries, I have been able to bring joy to others and I have been able to express my love for the Lord and praise him.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My family has been members for several generations. Being a member of the church has given me a foundation of truth that has been invaluable. Because of my testimony that the teachings are true I have been able to live my life with confidence, with the knowledge that I can turn to my Heavenly Father in times of uncertainty and distress. I don't know all the answers but I know that I can get all the answers I need from my Heavenly Father. I have always been taught that He would be there if I go to him in prayer, I have put that to the test and have found it to be true! I have not been a passive member of the church, I have studied the scriptures and continue to study the scrpitures every day. I have found inspiration and truth in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. I have read the Book of Mormon multiple times and have prayed to know if it is true. The Spirit has confirmed to me that it is a true book. I have absolutley no doubt that The Book of Mormon is scripture. The church is led by a living prophet, who is God's instrument to lead His church. The beautiful thing is that I have been able to also ask my Heavenly Father is he is a true prophet and have recieved confirmation that Pres. Monson is indeed a prophet

How I live my faith

Prayer, scripture study, service and listening to the Spirit are some of the tools I use to live my faith. I know that through prayer I can have a personal relationship with Heavenly Father and get all the direction I need for my life. Through prayer I have received inspiration for big decisions such as moving to a new town and for small problems such as which song to choose for a particular event. I have had eveidence over and over again that the Lord cares about even the smallest things in my life so long as I go to Him and include Him in all that I do! The scriptures help me to focus on what the Lord would have me do and help me to understnad His ways. By studying the words of His prophets I can better understand His will and see examples of God's influence in the lives of others so that I can recognize it in my own life. when I serve, whether it is at church, in the community, or at home I feel a strength that I am doing God's will and am on His side. I know He loves all His children on earth and wants us all to help one another! By listening to the guidance of the spirit I Have been able to make tough decisions, be in the right place at the right time and increase my understanding of who God and Jesus Christ are as well as what they want from me. It is an ongoing process, I am far from perfect but I know that if I continue to stay close to the Spirit through prayer, study and service I will become stronger and more consistent in living my faith!

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

I am grateful to know that marriage can be an eternal union and that families can be together forever! Because the sealing powers have been restored on the earth again, these promises can indeed be true when the marriage is performed by someon who has the proper preishood authority from God! I love my husband and children dearly, I can't imagine exisitence without them! It is such a comfort to know that our happy marriage and family can continue throughout the eternities and that we can continue to grow and learn together! I also love my parents dearly, my father passed away 14 years ago. There has not been a day go by since then that I have not missed him! When I first received the news that he had passed, amidst the sorrow of the loss I also felt a great surge of gratitude! Gratitude that I had been taught about eternal families, that I knew our family had been sealed with the proper priesthood authority and that I would indeed see my father again and be with him for eternity! It wasn't just a nice idea to help me feel better, it is truth! I have felt the spirit confirm to me over and over again that eternal families is a true principal of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The immense comfort I have felt from knowing this has been a significant blessing in my life and I ave also seen it bless the life of my dear mother who has now been a widow for 14 years. She is currently 80 years old. I am blessed to still have her here but I kow that when it is her time to go she will be reunited with her sweetheart and they will be waiting for me. It will be the greatest family reunion ever, and it will last for eternity! Show more Show less