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Hi I'm Pam

I grew up in Huntington Beach. I'm a college graduate, a mother, a wife and am involved in my community. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a full-time mom of three active boys who keep me busy. I love volunteering in my community. I am also a substitute teacher at our local elementary school and junior high and love teaching children of all ages. I graduated with a degree in English and am an avid reader in my spare time and love to write, especially on my blog. Our family loves playing board games and we playfully call ourselves "word nerds" since our favorite games involve words (like Speed Scrabble and Boggle). I enjoy making new friends of all ages and backgrounds and we often have people over to our home. Life is busy, but I try to put faith, family and service as my top priorities.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom converted to the LDS Church while she was in college and my dad grew up in a home where his family did not attend church much. He rode his bike to church alone when he was in his youth. My parents met at college and were married in the LDS Temple. I was raised as a Mormon along with my three younger brothers. I loved being taught the gospel through my youth and as a teenager I solidified my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Over the years, through hardships and experiences, I have further learned the importance of the Atonement of Jesus Christ which is central to my faith. I love going to church each week and attending the temple. I find great strength in studying the scriptures and praying, both on my own and as a family. My life is far from perfect, but I am full of hope through my trials because I put my trust in the Lord.

How I live my faith

Each day I strive to do what I feel Heavenly Father would want me to do that day. I pray each morning to ask for guidance. As a family, we take time at the end of the day to read the scriptures together and pray as a family. Sometimes my boys can be goofy and random when we study but it is still awesome.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

We are very aware of the dangers of pornography. I have seen marriages and families destroyed by pornography and sexual addiction. Having three sons, we talk openly about the harmful effects of pornography. We tell our children that we trust them, but we don't trust Satan who is the inspiration for all things evil. To protect our family, in our home, we have filters on the computer to prevent access intentional or accidental to pornography. We also keep our family computer in the kitchen and have passwords to access the computer. We do not watch any rated R movies and are selective about what PG-13 movies and TV shows we watch as well. By taking these precautions, we have a peaceful spirit in our home and hope to avoid pornography addiction and the ensuing destruction. I have more information on this subject on my blog which is www.strongarmor.blogspot.com look under the topic of "pornography". Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

I believe that if you are prepared you won't have to be fearful. We strive to be self-reliant by working hard, saving money, and keeping long term supplies of food, water, etc. at home. We even have some backyard chickens to provide us with eggs. I also have grab and go backpacks with three days worth of supplies that I keep in a closet near the front door. We haven't had to use our grab and go bags, but we have used food storage and savings. When my husband was laid off several years ago, we were grateful that we had food and money available to help us through those hard times. If there was a larger emergency in the community, we would also be able to use our supplies to help extended family, friends, neighbors, and even strangers. I am grateful we are teaching our children the concept of self-reliance and how to be prepared for things that might happen. Show more Show less