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Hi I'm Salena

I was raised in NC. Married my hubby and the Air Force. Then had 6 kids while traveling the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm right now 39 years old. I've been married 17 years and have 6 kids. I'm an Air Force wife and love it. We've lived all over the world and met some wonderful people and experienced awesome things. I got my degree in Education but have never taught. I decided my most important job was raising my own kids first. After my youngest goes to school, then I'll think about going to work, maybe. So I try to keep myself busy by volunteering in the schools and the local USO and attending different groups like Stampin Up and Cooking Club and other things. I do this so I don't have to clean my house - I hate cleaning. I hate a dirty house, too, so I'm really in a difficult spot, huh? But I manage. I don't have too many obvious talents - I don't sing or play instruments and I'm not athletic or anything like that. But I am happy and I think I have a good sense of humor and people tell me I'm a great teacher and I get along with about everyone. I like to try to be artistic but I'm best at copying other people's creativity (is copy-catting a talent?). I like to read - sometimes. One of my favorite books is Tuesday - a kids picture book with about 5 words in it. It is a great book. I have similar tastes in tv and movies as I do in books - light and funny and something I can relax with. I'm thankful to still have my sanity, although there are times when I'm not sure I have even that.

Why I am a Mormon

Well, first of all I'm a mormon because I was born into the church. I was born Mormon and raised mormon. But I could have walked away from it at any time. So being born into the church isn't really WHY I'm a mormon more than it is a blessing. I can try to explain it like this. When you were little you knew the colors red, yellow, and blue. And then one day someone said that if you mixed the colors, new colors were made. So you wanted to try that cause that sounded really cool. You mixed red and blue and made purple. Wow! Amazing. So you tried a couple other colors and discovered similar results. Being a mormon is a lot like that. You are taught principles of living and you think, that sounds cool. So you try it and discover wonderful blessings. So you try another principle and find that that too offered what was promised. And that's how it has been with me. Every principle of the gospel I live, every commandment I keep, every time I exercise my faith I am extremely blessed. The Holy Ghost has witnessed to me of the truth of the gospel and I cannot deny it. Also, anything that is good brings real happiness, a lasting happiness. And that's what the church brings me.

How I live my faith

What I do: Right now I am the Compassionate Service Leader. That means that I am responsible to organize service for those who are in need in our ward. I also stay busy as a substitute teacher for anyone who needs it in Sunday School or the Primary. I like to have fun with others so I organize activitie like Cooking Club and a fitness group and teach reading to preschoolers. I attend all my meetings that are on Sundays and during the week. I am a Visiting Teacher which means I visit assigned ladies every month to check on them and make sure they are taken care of and if they need anything I can help them. I support my husband as he is a counselor in the bishopric of our ward. I try to have family night every week. We, as a family and me personally, try to read from the scriptures every day and pray morning and night. I don't use foul language. I try to keep the Word of Wisdom. I try to attend the temple. I try to do family history. I pay a full tithe. Who I am: I try to be kind and compassionate to everyone. I try not to judge others because you never know where they have been. I try to be worthy of the constant companionship of the Holy Ghost. And then I try to listen to and obey his promptings. It's not easy but I try. I am active in the community and try to be a good example to everyone around me. It's hard for me to go out and "teach the gospel" because I feel like I always say something wrong, like I can't say what I really feel. But my strong point is befriending those who are new to the church or who are less active. I hope that doing that is a way for others to see my faith.