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Hi I'm Tracy

I grew up in a busy city, but now live in a small town of 2000 people. I have five wonderful busy children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been a stay at home mom since my first child was born. I've homeschooled all my children until this year. I have now returned to the working world again. I am married to a wonderful husband, who loves me, but does not share my faith or beliefs. I know Sign Language, and use it to communicate to a great friend of mine, or interrupt different functions and events for her. My favorite thing to sign is music. I love to feel the words, and express it as beautifully as I can. I love to learn how to make things from scratch, the old fashion way. I might only make it once, but I know how to do it, if I need too. I've made 100% whole wheat bread, English muffins, kitchen curtains, homemade soap, and crochet afghans, and knitted one pair of slippers..

Why I am a Mormon

In my teenage years I wasn't sure what I believed. My parents had joined the Mormon church when I was five years old. But as teenager, in a high school of 2000 students, and only a handful of Mormons, I never had any Mormon friends. I wasn't sure I wanted to follow all the "rules" and "standards" I had been taught as a kid. I decide to find my own way. I had always felt that there was a heaven, so I knew there must be a God. Therefore there must be a church that was true. I asked around, and started attending different churches to find the one that felt right. I attended Anglican, United, Methodist and Pentecostal services. I finally settled on Baptist. I enjoyed the music, and singing, I loved the way it made me feel, but something was still missing. Around that time I had my first child. My mother invited me out to church with her one day, and I decided to go. The next thing I knew, I was singing, enjoying, and remembering all the good things about the Mormon church. It felt right, but I wasn't really committed. I attended church because it felt the closest to the right, but I still struggled with things. Things like Joseph Smith seeing God and Jesus, or the "rules". After attending for a time, I made friends, and started really reading the Book of Mormon. As I read, it felt more like a non-fiction book. These were facts, stories of real people, that really did live here on the earth. I struggled with this for a time. If the Book of Mormon was true, then Joseph Smith was true, and then the rest of the church must be true. I finally decided to pray about it. I got my answer. The Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith was a boy, with questions just like me. He restored the gospel to the earth, as Heavenly Father instructed. I also knew that God loved me, he knew me. He knew my deepest thoughts. He answered my prayers again and again, with feelings of peace and love.

How I live my faith

I love family history. I am constantly working to find my own ancestors from England, Scotland and Ireland. My favorite documents to find, are census records. I get so excited to see all the brothers, and sisters. To see what church they attended, occupations they had, and if they could read or write. For me, it brings a family to life to see how old each of the children are, and how many the parents cared for on their wages. I have been called as a "Family History Consultant". This means I get to "consult" or help others with their family history. For some people, I am answering questions only when they are stuck. For others I am sitting with and entering the information they have in the computer for them, or, I might show someone where to start, or where to look, to learn how to research a particular country or record they are looking for. I feel such joy, and share their excitement as they too find family, and learn the stories of their ancestors.