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Hi I'm Betty-Jo

I'm a Mormon. I am a convert to The Church. I am the first of many generations to come and hear the restored Gospel.

About Me

I was widowed at 19 with 2 small children. I have raised them on my own and it was never really easy.13 years ago I met my husband and we have since married and had two children of our own. All together I have four wonderful kids ages 25, 24, 10, and 9. A crazy husband who loves me even with my stubborn streaks. Oh yeah, I am a grandma of a beautiful grandson, He is the twinkle in his G'ama's eye.! I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis a little over 4 years ago. My motto is "I control the MS it doesn't control me". I spend my days working part-time for Literacy Volunteers of Greater Waterbury. I have been able to help create a workforce readiness program to help men recently released from prison. It has become a passion that I did not know I had in me. I am also learning how to enjoy my family. I always headed to the next project or destination or work shift. Having MS has made me slow down and it really has become a great blessing in my life. I finally realize it really is all about family.

Why I am a Mormon

I never grew up with religion in my life. Quite the opposite. I always believed in god but that was because adults in my life would tell me too. My life was good and I was happy. We are a normal middle class family. After fighting the idea to listen to the missionaries, I listened, I questioned and most of all I prayed. I read The Book of Mormon and is just filled my heart and confirmed to me that this is where I belong and this is the road I want to be on.

How I live my faith

I lead by example. I try hard to be a good wife and mother. It is so hard to do because not only do children NOT come with a manual but neither does a husband. My first calling was 2nd Counselor in the Primary Presidency of my ward. I know how crazy! I was brand new member who knew nothing but the Lord knew that is where I needed to be at that moment. Many times I pouted worse then the little Sunbeams. Preparing lessons and teaching classes at the last moment with out having a lesson prepared showed me I needed to put faith first. Just like in Kindergarten, everything I needed to learn was in Primary. The children taught me as much as I could of ever taught them. Leading by example is easy to do with in the walls of Church or my home. The real tests are out in the world where everyone does not believe or do the same as you. Here is where the faith comes in, you have to trust in Heavenly Father to lead you through the mist and back home to your secure world each and every night. As my younger children face different and difficult challenges I am grateful they have a strong foundation in Christ. As my older children face their own challenges as adults I pray their hearts will soften and they will turn to Christ. My biggest regret in life was years and years ago when my older children were toddlers I did not answer the knock at my door one day when I saw two young missionaries at my door.

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

I was scared to go to my first visit at church. Mainly because my kids who were 3 and 4 were not going to sit down and behave. We walked in and where greeted, my kids where greeted by other children. We never stood alone that day because of the members of the ward and the missionaries buddies. The Church is a very humble looking building. No lights and sirens or men walking around in costumes. We all look a like, When you look around you can not tell who the bank president is or the school janitor is. We do no build up ourselves, we build up the Lord. Everybody and anyone can walk on in. Everyone is welcomed. Who would we be if we did not share the restored Gospel? It is not our church it is the Lords Church. We all belong. Show more Show less