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Hi I'm Peggy.

I teach English as a second language, have three children and five grandchildren, and I love to work in my garden. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

  I've been teaching English as a second language for over 30 years, and I still love watching my students' confidence increase, as they become more proficient at understanding, speaking, reading, and writing English. I marvel at my own children's accomplishments and am grateful that my husband and I live within two miles of four of our five grandchildren. I love being around children, feeling their energy and love, and have spent most of my life helping children discover their talents, whether through scouting, music, performing arts, sports, or just playing. Before I joined the church, I was majoring in Russian Language and Literature. Russian literature and music are still my favorites. I try to maintain my skills in Russian by reading the Book of Mormon in Russian and having friends from the Ukraine visit us once a year. I hope someday to get to serve a mission with my husband in Russia.

Why I am a Mormon

 I joined the Mormon Church one summer while I was working at Yellowstone Park. I was given a Book of Mormon by a friend and started reading it. As I read this beautiful book, I recognized immediately that it was written by prophets of God. Everything I read made sense to me, and I loved how every passage in the Book of Mormon testified of the divinity of Jesus Christ, our resurrected Lord and Savior. I was also impressed to learn that marriages performed in holy temples can continue forever, even after this life. I decided that if I ever decided to get married, it was going to be in one of the Mormon temples, because I wanted my marriage to last forever. Now, almost forty years later, I know that my decision to be baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was the best decision I have made. Everything wonderful that has happened to me in my life—most importantly marrying my wonderful husband in an LDS temple—is a result of this very profound decision.

How I live my faith

 I strive to live my faith by always trying to do the right thing. Sometimes when I have had conflicts or disagreements with others, I try to put myself in the other person's place and often discover errors that I have made. I have found that admitting my faults and seeking to repent and made amends for my mistakes ultimately brings greater happiness to me and those around me. Two favorite Book of Mormon scriptures that help me are from Ether 1227, which states that if we humble ourselves before the Lord and have faith in Him, He will “make weak things become strong,” and Moroni 716, which states that all men are given the Spirit of Christ to help them know good from evil therefore, “every thing which inviteth to do good, and to persuade to believe in Christ, is sent forth by the power and gift of Christ.”

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

 Interestingly enough, when I was investigating the church, even though I readily accepted the doctrines and commandments that I was taught, I had a hard time accepting that I had to be rebaptized, because I had been baptized by immersion in another church when I was nine years old. I ultimately exercised faith and accepted the missionaries' teaching that I needed to be baptized by someone holding the proper authority to baptize. I have since gained a little bit better understanding of why all new members need to be baptized. Baptism is, first of all, a manifestation of our desire to repent and make necessary changes in our life to conform to kind of person our Savior Jesus Christ would have us be. Baptism is also an witness to the world that we are willing to accept and strive to live by all of the doctrines and commandments of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this includes the ten commandments of Moses as outlined in the Old Testament, as well as the “new commandments” given by our Savior in the New Testament, and new commandments and guidelines given by our modern-day prophets today. As newly baptized members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, we acknowledge to the world that we recognize and sustain God’s prophet on the earth today. Show more Show less