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Hi I'm Cecile

I've been a member of the Church all my life. I come from pioneer heritage. I love my Mormon Faith

About Me

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother and have thirty-one grandchildren. I've lived most of my married life in California, but for the last four years have lived in Utah. After most of my eight children were married, I joined the "Bachelor of General Studies" Program at BYU and finished my college degree. I was 62 years old when I graduated. It was a thrill for me to do this! All my life I have loved dancing and music of all kinds. For many years, through the LDS church programs I taught ballroom dancing, particularly The Swing. I've always been involved in the activity end of the church - in Roadshows, Broadway Musicals, Pageants and Readers' Theaters. I'm not really a performer, but my expertise is in knowing how to find people who are talented and getting these events into production. I love writing. I love to read romantic/historical novels - I'm not much on fantasy. I'm pretty good at working on the computer and putting together videos for weddings and other events and keeping all my digital photos printed and in scrapbooks. I actually spend too much time on the computer. I love the internet and keeping contact with family and friends - mostly through email. I've served a few missions - the first in 1962 in Australia (where I met my husband), and the second in 2004 in New Zealand. My family also lived in Scotland for three years in connection with my husband's work. I love life, but I'm way too tired to live it over again!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, this is easy to answer. I'm a Mormon because I was born into a Mormon home where my parents and siblings were all very active in the Mormon Church. Why I have stayed a Mormon is also an easy answer. I've never once doubted the truthfulness of the Gospel. First, I followed the example of my parents and family and did what they did. I didn't try to prove anything because it was all such a part of me--there was nothing in the church that I didn't love. I loved the people, I loved going to Church and socializing, I loved the fact that we could serve others and feel good about doing that. I loved all the activities of the Church. Finally, when I was about nineteen, I really started to read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover (rather than just read my favorite stories). I had such a strong feeling that it was all true - I knew that Joseph Smith could not have written such a book. It was from God. Every chapter speaks of Jesus Christ and his mission and his love for us. Even though I had always known Jesus Christ had atoned for my sins that I might be forgiven of wrongdoings when I repented, and had always known that Joseph Smith was a Prophet and that the Book of Mormon was true, I now had this feeling of assurance that I was now living on my own testimony and not someone else's. Mostly, I have always had this feeling of "belonging" and "being loved" and being part of a family that extended beyond this earth.

How I live my faith

Well, there is such a thing as being an active or a less active Mormon. I choose to be actively involved, which means that there are endless ways to serve our Heavenly Father. The first is to be a good wife and mother - that's what the church teaches us to do, but there are others around us who need our time and attention as well. I have found that by accepting church callings, whatever they may be, has been the most wonderful way that I could teach my own children "how to serve" their fellow man - to give of themselves. These callings have also helped me develop talents that I never knew I had. I've learned how to teach, how to speak in front of large groups, how to teach others to dance. I've learned how to organize parties, plays and pageants. These callings have required me to do research, learn history, write programs, write scripts, find talented people and create a venue that the talent of these people could be displayed and enjoyed by hundreds of people. I've often thought that nothing in the world could've provided me with these kind of opportunities, particularly since I could do it all and still be able to be at home and raise my family. It seems that as I've lived my faith, the whole world has opened up to me with experiences that have been life changing and given me memories that bring joy to my soul and a smile to my face.