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Hi I'm Ilean

--a mother and grandmother. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in a large family--a totally fun experience. I always wanted to marry and have children and have my own family. I was blessed to marry a fine man who wanted the same thing. Our sons and daughters, and now grandchildren are our world. I'm surrounded by people I love and who love me. What could be better. We own horses, dogs, chickens, and a cat that makes for a semi-rural lifestyle that we have been able to share with our children. grandchildren, friends and neighbors. There is always something going on with animals around here because of it, as well as gardening, fruit production, and more. It does keep me grounded. I especially like doing things with and for the grandchildren, and in a way feel a responsibility to help grow the next generation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a large family of 9 children. My parents practiced their LDS religion and created a loving family unit. It is still that way today, many years after their passing. We, as siblings, stay connected in many ways, but probably the best is through a family newsletter that is still being circulated after 40 years. That gospel in action in my early years is what I desired for my own family. I would try and recreate a loving home. We have had our share of challenges and our own unique problems in life, but through it all our faith in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father has been our anchor through the storms. First shown me by my parents, it is what I am trying to pass on to my children and grandchildren. My religion works to light my way in life. I have come to know for myself that Jesus and Heavenly Father really live and love us, and are there to guide us in our lives.

How I live my faith

Within the church organization are many chances to serve others. I am an 11 yr old Boy Scout leader, the activity we offer for young boys. I have always been a tomboy at heart and love the outdoors and all things about it. Teaching skills such as lashing, knots, compassing, fire building, as well as values of honesty, loyalty, courteous, obedience and more, helps to change young boys into good men. That is my opportunity to make the world a better place now and for the future.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

The greatest blessing one can receive by reading scripture (God's words to us) is the Spirit of the Holy Ghost. As I read, I feel a strong feeling of peace and calm, new insights, happiness and more. I recognize this as the Holy Ghost telling me what I read is true, but more than that, this same Spirit can continue with me throughout the day. Who wouldn't want this? Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Recently, my husband and I were called to serve a mission for the Church in Nauvoo, Illinois. We were in a pretty comfortable place in life, and this came at us from "left field" so to speak, but we were the ones who decided to go forward with the process. No we were not required to serve a mission, but the question came back to "Why not serve". We could give back for a lifetime of blessings from God. And we look at this mission of serving others as a way to give back to God. He would want us to love and serve others--we are his hands here, and this would be just one way to do that. Show more Show less