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Hi I'm Peggy

I have lived all over the United States. I have a law degree, but I gave up a career to raise my three children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father was an Air Force officer. As such, my parents, my brother, my sister and I moved around with him our entire childhoods, mostly in the United States, but also in Iceland. I feel this childhood gave me a broad perspective of the similarities and the differences of the people in different areas of our country. I don't feel that just because someone talks different than I do, looks different than I do, is reserved or enthusiastic, or participates in different activities than I do, that they are necessarily wrong or strange. That doesn't mean that we accept criminal, immoral or harmful activity, but that the society shouldn't require everyone to act in a expected manner. My parents instilled in me a great desire to learn and I still love to do that. I have a law degree, but haven't been able to use it much. My son is autistic and I gave up any career to help him to succeed. He has succeeded beyond what I expected. I'm sure the Lord has blessed him for which I am grateful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to two Mormon parents who have been members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints all of their lives. Actually, I'm a fifth or sixth-generation Mormon on all sides of my family. All of my ancestors were Mormon pioneers and did like our prophet, Brigham Young, requested, leaving Europe or the east coast of the United States and crossing the plains to what is now Utah and Idaho. Some of my ancestors came by covered wagon, a couple of families pushed handcarts and one family lived in Wisconsin for a few years and came to Utah on the transcontinental railroad. I learned to pray and attend church as a young child. I learned about Jesus Christ and his teachings when I was very young. My parents loved me and did their best to help me live the gospel. I think I always knew that the Mormon church was the true church. I did have to research, to fast and to pray to gain a testimony of the Prophet Joseph Smith and his restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ on the earth today. I know that he was a prophet of God. I consider myself fairly intelligent and think deeply about a lot of things. What I have found is that if you follow the commandments of Jesus Christ and the teachings of our modern-day prophets that you will be blessed. It's a pretty scary and chaotic world out there, but the Lord has given us instructions to follow to help ourselves and our children to be happy and to succeed in life.

How I live my faith

I attend church with my family every Sunday. Since my son is autistic, he had difficulty going to new places when he was young. But he never had severe problems attending church, since he's been going to church since he was a baby. He has a simple faith and knows that God and Jesus love him; he tries to tell everyone about the gospel. His faith is a blessing to our family. Some people today think that religion is as Karl Marx said, "an opiate of the masses." That when we believe and follow God and Jesus Christ, we are deluding ourselves. I have received a spiritual witness that God lives, his son, Jesus Christ lives, and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is true. My family does our best to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. We pray daily. We read the Bible or the Book of Mormon daily. We avoid harmful substances. We try to serve others and be kind to everyone. I have had many different roles in church. I currently teach a Sunday class for our women's organization, one Sunday per month. I love teaching about Jesus Christ and his gospel. Outside of church, I am a political junkie. I studied political science in college and lived in Washington, D.C. when I was young. I am as active in my political party as I can be. I advocate for causes that I believe in, and campaign for candidates that share my views and my moral standards.

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

Peggy
One of the great blessings of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that it permits a man and a woman to be married for eternity. We have special temples where a worthy and righteous couple can be married and be sealed for eternity, not until "death do us part," as most other marriages end. If you, as I do, truly love your spouse, you would not want your marriage to end at death, but to last forever. Well, it can. Your children can also be sealed to you and be your children forever. We will have a family connection after this life as we do now. This is a tremendous blessing. Show more Show less