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Hi I'm a mother, artist, and pianist/

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Utah, and I'm about a 5th generation Mormon. I have always loved art, and do oil painting. I play the piano, and taught piano lesons many years. I have done music composing and arranging. We have had nine children, 29 grandchildren, and now have 12 great grandchildren. I was a stay-at-home mom, and my husband was an elementary teacher. Together we have served LDS missions to Sweden, and also Connecticut. I love to do Family History work, and I use the computer hours each day, and have been on Family History missions here. Finding our ancestors, and especially writing books of their life stories gives me much satisfaction. I love to learn about their lives and challenges, and it gives me courage to face life and all it offers.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into the Church, but I have always loved learning about the Gospel, and I love to read about what our prophets and leaders have to say about it. I am so grateful for my ancestors who knew the Prophet Joseph Smith, and had the faith and courage to go through the persecutions and trials that occurred during that time. I had one great great grandfather who was a body guard to the Prophet, and rode into Carthage with the group before the Prophet was martyred. I want to live my life with the same faith and courage that they had, as problems in the world these days are as great or greater than our pioneers had to face. I love to stay close to my grandchildren and want to help them keep their lives as free from worldly problems as I can. My parents and other ancestors were very faithful, and have given me a wonderful heritage. I want them to know I appreciate them and love them, and show it by the way I live my life.

How I live my faith

I have been active in the Church all my life, as were my parents, and my ancestors, and usually hold some Church calling. I play the organ or piano in Church alot, and I have been interested in Genealogy, and Family History, since I was about 16 years old. (I'm now77 years old). I have spent many hours compiling and adding to our Family History. I had 3 years of college before we were married. My husband has a Master's Degree. Raising our 9 children, we always took them to Church, (not easy!) and tried to teach them of the Gospel and about their heritage. We have written books about our own life stories, and those of our ancestors, and given them to our posterity. I have loved being on several missions, two of which were in Sweden (where I learned the language enough to communicate!) and in Connecticut, and other missionary work here at home. We both have ancestors who arrived in New England in the early 1600's, and their lives, and desires to have freedom in this land are dear to our hearts. My husband's father's people came from Sweden, as converts in the 1880's. We love this country, and our ancestors who have struggled, and fought for it's freedom.

What is being a Mormon like?

a mother, artist, and pianist/
Being a member is having a ready made family wherever I go. If I attend Church, or move to another area, I am welcomed, and immediately people want to get acquainted, and would help me if I needed it. Mormon women are quite dynamic, to say the least! I have a large family because I chose to, not because I was expected to. I had the health, and means to manage it, and we both wanted many children. As a Mormon woman, I have been free to speak my mind, at home, and in public, and my opinion has been respected and listened to. I have been free to develop my talents, and I love to learn and do new things. Most women have a very good education, and we love to be involved in the community, Church, and often in politics. I write my opinion to our local newspaper on topics that I feel strongly about. I believe in standing up for what you know is right! My husband went on a mission to Sweden when he was young, and then after our children were raised we went on two couple missions away from home: first to Sweden for 18 months, and then to Connecticut. They were most enjoyable, and educational, and helped us become closer as a married couple. We had been married 40 years, raised children, but still learned things about each other while on our missions! We would go on more if our health permitted it. Yes, missionaries do pay their own way, and couples do also. Show more Show less