Hi I'm Candee
We raised 6 children in Colorado. Now we're empty nesters in Arizona. Photography keeps family ties alive and makes new friends.
Since my children and grandchildren live a state away, I like to stay in touch with them through family photos. My favorite thing to do is to make photo books about their lives, and vacations we share together. Also, I belong to a camera club. I enjoy trying to be creative to surprise others, and I enjoy admiring their artwork. Photography is a medium through which I build relationships, exercise, and enjoy the out of doors.
Why I am a Mormon
I am so grateful to be a Mormon. I have challenges in my life, but I have learned to live with them and rise above them. By following the counsel and guidance of our priesthood leaders from Home Teachers to the Prophet, we have avoided so much heartache and sorrow. I am bipolar. I was diagnosed at age 38, when my sixth child was 15 months old. Although I will have this illness for the rest of my life, I know that I will not be like this forever. Christ laid down his life and was resurrected so that we may become as he is. I have learned that through strict obedience I can lead a healthy, normal life. I take my medications faithfully. My husband goes to my doctor with me to be sure that we both understand what he wants me to do. Even with the illness I feel I have been a successful mother. I was able to nurture and teach my children, and be sensitive to their day to day experiences. In May 2010 we lost a little 15 month old grandchild. We love him dearly and miss him. The gospel helps us bear our sorrow. We know that through the resurrection of Christ and our sealing covenant that he is ours. We will be able to raise him from his infancy in the millennium - - - he is so-o-o Cute! He delighted us here, and he will delight us there. My main testimony is that the gospel of Jesus Christ works. It has answers for everything we experience here on earth. It can help us work through our sorrows, and intensify our joy. It's the only way to live.
How I live my faith
I have been a faithful, active member since my baptism 40 years ago. I was 17 years old at the time. I have taken the gospel very seriously. When I was a young mother, I took the Church's religion classes. I learned the doctrines. They are solid bedrock on which I can base my life. I took the scriptures seriously. When we were young, preparing for marriage, I was scared. I did not know how we would provide for ourselves or our family. The mother who shared the gospel with me showed me the passage of scripture in Matthew 6 25-34. It shows that if we put the Kingdom of God first in our lives, we will receive all of the things we need. I bear testimony this is true. We were taught by President Kimball that my husband should work to provide for the family, and I should stay home and serve. Another scripture that sustained me was 3NE 1320. But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. And - - 2 Nephi 951 Wherefore, do not spend money for that which is of no worth, nor your labor for that which cannot satisfy. Hearken diligently unto me, and remember the words which I have spoken and come unto the Holy One of Israel, and feast upon that which perisheth not, neither can be corrupted, and let your soul delight in fatness. I stayed home and raised my family. I worked in partnership with God, my husband, and their school teachers. To teach them. More important than ABCs, I taught them dependability, responsibility, consistency, punctuality diligence and perseverance. These qualities have sustained them through school, marriage and occupations. All of our six children are faithful in the gospel, and teaching their children to be faithful. To me, this is supreme success.