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Hi I'm Pam

I'm a Mormon born in England who grew up in Canada. I have many health challenges but don't let them stop me.

About Me

I am a 62 year old mother of 4, grown and flown, but one returned to the nest in 2008 to consider future options. My retired husband works full-time at a large store and loves it. Due to health issues I am unable to work but get up to mischief in other ways. We live in a small Branch surrounded by wilderness and I enjoy crocheting or reading while my husband or daughter is out walking our small dog in fields by the lake or in the parks here. My window on the world is often through TV or the computer or factual books as my physical abilities become more limited but I still enjoy driving our car. I also enjoy movies, reading, crocheting, crafting, letter writing, writing fiction, listening to music of all types and helping others wherever I can.

Why I am a Mormon

I know this is the true Church of Jesus Christ. This knowledge was imparted to me by the Holy Spirit of God in 1977. Over 30 years ago, in a large city, I was sharing an apartment with my brother while he went to college and I worked. Wanting to attend a church regularly we discussed our options. The thought came up at one point, "Wouldn't it be neat if the church Jesus originally set up actually existed on the earth now?" We dismissed this as a dream but impossible. Within two weeks of this conversation missionaries arrived at our door. I was alone, so they did not come in but shared their message standing in the doorway. They set up an appointment to return when my brother was home. Skeptical when I told him, he nonetheless listened with me while they presented the discussions over a series of appointments with us. One evening he came out from his bedroom excited over having read of the amazing events that occurred on this continent at the time of the Savior's birth and later at the time of the Savior's visit to the Americas shortly after his death in Jerusalem. This was the beginning of our excitement over the Book of Mormon and the amazing histories it contains. I continue to follow Jesus Christ to this day, as does my brother. I know beyond any shadow of a doubt that Jesus Christ lives. I know that God exists. He has saved my life many times. I know this is the one true Church of Jesus Christ upon the face of the whole earth. It is precious beyond any earthly treasures to me; it gives me a personal rock of security and certainty to stand on no matter where I go in this life. While the world whirls, following whatever it chooses, I can stand still and feel calm. I know that I am home, that God loves and guides me. I have never found anything in the world to equal the peace and blessings I have found since joining the Church.

How I live my faith

I have helped organize and decorate many Church activities over the years, like dances for our youth and picnics for everyone and Christmas parties. I sometimes am asked to organize games at these activities. I've participated in service projects as well, including one year of painting Christmas murals at the local hospital for the seniors living there. I have directed several musical skits for our Church talent shows, involving costumes, puppets and a lot of energy and humor. As my health now limits my capacities I serve more with ideas and being the supervisor than physically helping out, though I do as much as I can. I monthly write letters to three female church members who do not attend Church due to living in fly-in communities (no roads to the outside world). When asked to, I conduct the singing during Church services, say opening or closing prayers during our Church service or give short talks or sermons. We all take turns at doing this in our Church, at the direction of our ecclesiastical leaders. Sometimes I am a substitute teacher for adult or child Sunday School lessons. In the past I was a regular teacher in both these areas. In our community I support the animal shelter and Food Bank and other local concerns, like the Hospital Equipment Fund, as time, money and energy allow me to. I enjoy writing letters to our Armed Forces personnel overseas, supporting them and I crochet blanket squares for Aids orphans in South Africa.

What is the difference between attending church and the temple?

Pam
We attend the temple 2-3 times a year, and I find it a spiritual oasis from the world. I always return with renewed faith and spiritual strength, with more hope and optimism and warmth in my heart for others. The temple is a special house of God wherein we gain glimpses of eternity, be instructed in many Gospel truths, like why we are here, what we can do for our relatives who died without knowledge of the Gospel, as well as make sacred covenants with God to strive to be better Christians in our daily lives, to help others in any ways we can and to share the Gospel with others. The Temple is a house of instruction in sacred truths you can learn nowhere else. The Temples have a special spirit about them and I love attending the Temple. Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Pam
For church and for every day wear we believe in dressing modestly. The men usually wear suits with shirts and ties to Church and the women wear dresses, suits, skirts or similar smart attire. We wear our best clothes to church, to honor God and to show Him respect, like smart business attire, not typical party clothes. We celebrate Easter, Christmas, Pioneer Day, New Year's Day and many holidays that exist in the world in general, including Canada Day in Canada, and in the USA, Independence Day, Remembrance Day etc. We believe in patriotism, supporting the country we live in. We prefer to emphasize the religious nature of Easter and Christmas but still enjoy many social gatherings with family and friends. One popular tradition in and out of the Church is being "Secret Santas" for friends and neighbors and strangers. Show more Show less