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Hi I'm Winona

I like reading and singing, especially with children. I'm a wife and mother, community volunteer, and 24-hour nurse. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Joseph Smith said, "A man filled with the love of God is not content with blessing his family alone, but ranges through the whole world, anxious to bless the whole human race." (History of the Church 4:226-7) This really resonates with me. I feel the love of God for me and for everyone around me. Unfortunately, I'm also shy and comfortable with the life of a hermit. So I have to really reach out of my comfort zone to meet people and be friendly. But once I do, I am so grateful! The world if full of wonderful people. My youngest daughter is a big help with this. She has Down Syndrome and no inhibitions about making friends with everybody. I appreciate her encouragement to interact with strangers and turn them into new friends. I am a stay-at-home mom with 7 children, most of whom are grown and off on their own. Fortunately, they still like to visit. I have an amazing husband who encourages my hobbies and helps me have fun when he's not seeing patients or researching about brains. I enjoy: reading, singing, organizing things, hiking, and travel. I love reading books and seeing movies that feature places I've been. The most beautiful place I've ever been is Plitvice Lakes in Croatia. I volunteer with the Boy Scouts of America as a merit badge counselor; I enjoy meeting the future leaders of our country and feel lots of confidence in these young men. I am grateful for how the gospel teaches us how to be happy. I hope I can share that with many, many people.

Why I am a Mormon

I have felt the Holy Ghost warming my heart and filling me with peace as I study about Jesus in the Bible and Book of Mormon. I know that Joseph Smith was a prophet because I have studied his words and seen that they compliment and clarify the Bible, and I have felt peace and assurance when praying to know if they were true. Following the teachings of modern prophets has helped me to know what to do in challenging situations. I am very grateful to know God is still watching over and guiding us today.

How I live my faith

My faith blesses me with PEACE because I know that God is in charge. I can feel His peace even when my child is in the hospital, and I don't know if she will live. It's okay that I am not in control. I live with HOPE because I know that God loves us and will make all of the world's problems work out in the end, including mine. I live with JOY because God has shown me how to be happy. Loving and serving others, building relationships, especially families, and being nice is the true path to happiness; it's also called keeping the commandments. My faith helps me avoid temptations that say sin is fun or an easier life. In spite of knowing what is right, I still mess up all the time. But my faith assures me that, through the power of Jesus Christ, I can change. Through repentance and God's grace, I can become kinder and happier than I am right now. I am so grateful to the Lord for the daily direction and strength I receive from praying and reading the scriptures. Attending church services on Sunday and the temple on other days is another source of strength to me. The volunteer structure of the church offers me opportunities to strengthen my faith by teaching classes and ministering to our congregation. I can serve in the community by voting and volunteering and being a good neighbor. Perhaps the most important way I live my faith is by trying to be kind in difficult circumstances and learning to step out of my comfort zone in efforts to love and serve others like Jesus did.

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

Winona
We believe that all children are precious and encourage other options, including adoption. This doctrine has made a profound impact on my life. When I learned that I was pregnant with a baby with Down Syndrome, I knew that God didn't want me to abort the baby. It was hard to ignore the many voices telling me that abortion would be the easy way to avoid ruining my life. But the clear teachings of the church provided me direction in this critical time. I had an easy delivery of the most beautiful baby in the world. It is true that she learns slowly, but my daughter has been a wonderful blessing to our family. She loves everyone and even charms strangers in the grocery store as she waves and grins when we pass by. She shows me how to love others and makes our home more like heaven. I am so grateful for this sweet little girl. She blesses my life every day. Show more Show less