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Hi I'm Nancy Elizabeth.

I was born and raised in Virginia, USA. I was so lost, but now I'm found. I am a convert, baptized in 2010. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Hi! I am so happy and excited to say that I'm a Mormon. I have been searching a long time to find this Church and was just baptized in September 2010. I am the only Morman in my immediate family. I love to read and am finding much joy and solace in reading the BoM and other church literature. I played the flute in high school orchestra and band as well as in the church in which I grew up. I play the Appalachian lap dulcimer and piano by ear. I also write poetry and essays. Love, love, love animals and nature. I have four cats and one dog who thinks he is a cat-person. All the animals with whom I've shared my life have been strays or rescues. I love walking, swimming, and other forms of exercise. Love softball/baseball; I enjoyed taking my oldest granddaughter to her travel softball tournaments and watching her play varsity softball. Spring and Fall are two of my favorite seasons, as they are usually not too cold or too hot in Virginia and are certainly beautiful. I love the beauty of a snowy day here, but enjoy it more from inside watching as it falls, with a nice cup of hot chocolate in hand. I have one daughter and five grandchildren: two girls and three boys, ranging in age from 9 to 21. My parents are still living, but just. I have two older brothers, one older sister, and two younger sisters, as well as many cousins, nieces, and nephews. I have always been interested in family ancestry, and am quite involved in family history research since I joined the Church.

Why I am a Mormon

This is, in part, my testimony of my journey toward finding the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I know that this Church is the one True Church of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ here on earth. “Why is God so mad at us all the time?” That is what I asked our minister when I was about 5 years old. How could Jesus love me yet His Father be mad at us and want to punish us every minute of our lives? How could my mother’s church be the only church where people were going to Heaven and people in other churches were not? Why did I know for sure that God, His Son Jesus, and the Holy Ghost were three separate beings with one purpose when everyone else told me they were One? I was very mixed up. My understanding of the Bible was so different; I was hungry for answers that I was not getting from church. I prayed, studied my Bible, but was still confused. Just like Joseph Smith, I prayed for guidance in choosing a church. So began my search to find a church that could answer my questions and prayers. This quest led me to more than 25 different churches. As I searched for spiritual meaning and reason in these churches, I felt adrift in a sea of man-made doctrine and church politics. I thought there was no church that believed all the things I did -- our Father in Heaven was a God of love and justice, that He still performed miracles today as he did in the days of the Old Testament, that there was hope for each and every one of us. I believed we had to be brothers and sisters; the Bible told us we were all God’s children and that He so loved us, he sent his only begotten Son to die for us. I saw the Joseph Smith movie and the bronze exhibit of Christ walking on the water. I read the inscription: “It is I, be not afraid.” All my fears were washed away in my tears. I knew that my very being depended upon my believing the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was necessary to my salvation and that I MUST be baptized in the Church to ensure my eternal happiness.

How I live my faith

I love my ward. I am so fortunate that I live in a ward area where the members are so loving, welcoming, and patient; especially to someone who knows very little about the LDS Church but who wants to learn so much! I volunteer for everything I can, because I love this Church so much. I have been blessed with several callings: employment specialist/resumes, Assistant Ward Librarian, ESL Teacher, and Visiting Teacher. I love to babysit for the families in the ward. I love to cook, so am fortunate to be able to contribute to Church pot luck dinners and Holiday dinners. When a member is ill or recuperating from having surgery or a baby, we take turns cooking for the family. This is so rewarding to me. I am a caretaker! I love the missionaries (without them, I probably would not be a member of the church today!) and love to cook for them, too. I look forward to many callings within the Church and pray that I fulfill them to the best of my ability.