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Hi I'm Balencia

I am a convert. In 1976 I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'm an Internet professional.

About Me

I am a mother of 4, grand mother of 8, and a great grand mother of two girls. I have worked in the Internet industry since 1995. I was a textile artist for 5 yrs, a county transit bus driver for 14 yrs and weekend wedding photographer, I pressed clothes in a dry cleaner for $2.00 an hour, was a waitress & fast fry cook, and a dancer. At the ripe old age of 21 I found myself as a single parent of 4 and continued that lonely life for 7 years. I went back to school, got my high school diploma, bought my first two cars, and bought my first home, alone. I remarried at age 29 which ended 14 yrs later. When I was 39, I returned to school and earned an AA degree in fashion design and an advanced certificate in textile design. I worked as a textile artist for 5 yrs. In 1995 I joined a local BBS which started my life working in the internet industry. At 48 I went back to school to earn my computer programming certificate. From 1997 to present I have been riding the Internet employment roller coaster, my feast and famine days, I call it. Currently I work for a teleseminar company wearing several hats including SQL database and web administrator, graphics, client site producer, and sound engineer. My favorite things to do are watching old movie classics, talk to friends around the world, chair dancing, and helping where I can. I love to do find my ancestors and help others to find theirs. If I had a favorite motto it would be "Never, Never, Never give up".

Why I am a Mormon

There is not enough space here to share the complete story so here is a synopsis. From the time I joined the Jesus Movement in 1971, I spent the next 5.5 years looking for something that was missing in all the churches I attended. When I asked questions about the gospel and what it meant, all they could say was it was a mystery and we were not privy to know. But the Bible taught that we are to know of Him. This told me that these churches did not have the complete gospel. I spent many years believing each church's faith, one after another. There were many fine and good people at all the churches I investigated but none could answer the questions I had. Everything they said made sense yet they all interpreted the Bible differently. I knew in my heart that truth had to come from God above or otherwise I was doomed to live in a state of confusion and wishy-washy faith all my life. Then one day, as I was ready to give up ever being able to find that one true church, it knocked on my door. After investigating The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and they did answer all the questions I had, the day came for me to ask God Himself, if this was His true church here on earth. I was encouraged to ask God (James 1:5) and He did answer my prayer, through the power of the Holy Ghost. From that day on I knew this was His true church, the one that teaches His complete Gospel. I also learned the Lord is not about punishment but about blessings and love.

How I live my faith

My actions speak of my faith. I believe in freedom, free agency (even if I do not agree), and the rights that all people have just for being born, with no criticism. I believe in respect, kindness, trustworthiness, helpfulness, understanding and goodness to all, even if it means I get hurt in the process. I do not believe in vengeance of any kind. I do not offend easy therefore what one does to me does not affect my faith in Christ and His teachings. I have been the newsletter editor for single adults, taught Sunday School to 9 yr old (4yrs), taught primary children music, been a den leader for Wolf Cub Scouts (4 yrs), and was a librarian (6yrs). But my favorite calling has been, for the last 9 years, as a Ward Family History Consultant. For 6 years I served as the State Family History Center Technical Support and Consultant. From 2005 to 2007 I served as a Family & Church History World Wide Service Missionary. What a blessing that was! It helped increase my love for family history. Many times of financial difficulty I relied on my faith that everything will get better. I have always paid my tithing no matter what financial condition I have been in and I will always pay that no matter what condition I will be put in. My health is not perfect either. On many occasions I rely on prayer to get me through the day or to allow me to attend church when I would otherwise not go. Faith is believing not only that Jesus Christ lives but that He has the power to help, today, and always.

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

I am a convert and therefore the only member of the church in my family. So when I say that I can love those who are inclined to feel differently, believe me for I have family that are inclined as such and I love them dearly, with all my heart and if I can love and understand them then why not others, for we are all God's children. Where would I be if I did not believe that the Lord set the rules for a purpose. I'd be lost for I am not perfect. I have my crosses to bare as does everyone. I had a huge cross at one time but because of my membership in His church and having the Holy Ghost as my constant companion, I called upon the power of the Holy Ghost to help me overcome my cross. With my strong desire to do the right thing, asking for forgivness and promising not to do it again, I was blessed with that cross being taken from me, permanently. I no longer have the emotional torment associated with that cross, the fight going on within my soul, nor the desire in my heart and I know that as long as I remain a faithful daughter of God that cross will never emerge again. It is His promise to me and to all of us who truly want to do the right thing. Show more Show less