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Hi I'm Phyllis

I grew up in Arizona. I'm a wife a mother of five children and a grandmother of 25. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a small country town in Arizona. I am the fifth of six children. We spent holidays with grandparents and other extended family members. I learned to sew, we grew a huge garden and canned most of the produce. I milked the family cow at times. I loved playing sports. Though there were a variety of opportunities of things we did, skating, bowling, ping pong, volley ball etc. I LOVED playing softball! My mom was born with congenital cataracts. She had several operations but she remained seeing impaired her whole life. She wore really thick glasses but with an additional magnifying glass she could read. A favorite memory I have with my mother was her reading Anne of Green Gables to me. It was just she and I tucked away in a back room in an overstuffed chair reading about Anne's latest adventures! I learned to love books, even in a country town you can go to the ends of the earth if you have books. My mother entertained her family and others by retelling stories. She played the piano by ear and sang. Every word of her talks, stories, lessons and the lyrics to the songs she sang were all memorized. Music was extremely important; we all had opportunities to develop musical talents. I played the piano and clarinet. Education was valued in our family. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor's degree in Elementary Education. My own children were my pupils.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents and even ancestors before them had great faith in God. They delighted in and pondered the things of the Lord. My family has experienced trials but we have passed through them with faith in God. We studied the scriptures and prayed as a family. My father was in a serious accident just a few months after I was born. One man that saw the carnage of the destroyed truck remarked to someone in town, "did they find enough parts to bury the person that was in that accident?" He was completely shocked when he learned that my father had survived. The man didn't believe the person that told him and though a stranger to my father came to the hospital to see for himself. My mother suffered a stroke six years prior to her death. On the day she died, her scriptures were opened where she had been studying earlier in the day. I also married a faith filled man. I never loved him more than the night when our oldest son was in a car accident, he called those of us who were home together for family prayer and then went to solve whatever the problem was before us. I know that God lives, I know he loves his children and even though there are things we would prefer not to pass through, I trust my Heavenly Father and his Son Jesus Christ to guide and direct my life. I have studied and prayed and found the truths as restored to the earth through the Prophet Joseph Smith to be true. I too delight in and ponder the things of God.

How I live my faith

My parents took parenting very seriously. I remember my father saying, "you will never know how much you are loved until you have children of your own." I am so blessed to be a wife, a mother and a grandmother. I have three sons and two daughters and their spouses and 26 grandchildren. Raising a family has been the most important thing I have done. The word "grandma" is music to my ears. Spending time with extended family, grandchildren and or their parents are among my most favorite days. I enjoy family history and doing genealogical research. It is exhilarating to piece the lives of my ancestors together by reading their journals or life stories or just discovering snippets about them as recorded on old documents. I'm very grateful for the freedoms we enjoy as a nation and feel very committed to studying the issues and learning about those who are seeking to be elected. I served a mission with my sweetheart for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Croatia. We did a variety of things to strengthen the people. I played the organ for the Sunday services. I taught several how to conduct the music. We Prepared food for special occasions and activities. We taught spiritual lessons to the members of our congregation and others not of our faith. I know that my life has been made so much better because of the truths that are found in the Gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, it became a passion, to share the knowledge I had with others.