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Hi I'm Arlene

This truly is the best time of my life and I am a Mormon.

About Me

When I went off to college, the last thing I imagined was that I would meet my husband on the way to college on a Greyhound bus. After 2 months I was in love! We both dropped out of college and went back home to my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. My husband and I eloped after only know each other for 5 months at the age of 19. I don't recommend this, especially when you don't have a job or a plan! We were young and crazy and somehow ended up working at Disney World in Florida after being married several months. We realized that our life had no direction, so we went back home. About one year after we were married my husband and I joined the Air Force together. We both went to our first base in Rancho Cordova, California doing on the job training. It was in the service that we finally settled down and began to have a family. My husband and I have been married for almost 35 years. It hasn't always been easy but living the gospel of Jesus Christ has helped us survive those difficult times. I feel so blessed to have a wonderful job as an HR Coordinator. I never went to college. All the jobs that I have had through the years have provided me the skills that I have today.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latterday Saints my entire life. As long as I can remember I loved going to church. I had been obedient most of my life. If I started to get off track I would make a quick correction and get back on track. I always considered myself an optimist and tried to always look at the bright side of things. I weathered the storms of life pretty well. It wasn't until my children were in their teens that I experienced adversity that truly tested my faith. For the first time in my life I almost lost hope. I wasn’t praying or studying my scriptures and didn’t want to go to church. My life was in utter chaos and turmoil. I started to withdraw from church and my faith. One evening I was attending a support group where the focus was about prayer and turning our problems over to God. Someone handed me a prayer book and thought it might help me. That moment was a turning point for me because I knew how to pray. I was taught at an early age how to pray, I didn’t need a book of prayers. I embarked on a journey of re-establishing my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I got on my knees again talking to my Heavenly Father. Many times I would visualize walking up a flight of steps with my problems and then would turn them over to Heavenly Father while I prayed. My burdens were lightened as I turned to the Lord. Through adversity I learned that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me. How do I know this? Because he sent me to this wonderful support group of people from all walks of life to teach me not only about prayer, but also other skills to help me cope with my problems. He sent many people across my path when I felt alone or afraid. My faith and hope was rekindled. I learned so much and would have never grown as much as I did without this trial of my faith. I know that Heavenly Father knows me and loves me.

How I live my faith

The windows of Heaven have opened to our family after the trial of our faith. We feel that Heavenly Father brought us to Minnesota for a reason. We love the beautiful lakes and the warmth of the people. Our greatest joy has been the blessing of 5 beautiful grandchildren. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught me how to love and serve others. I have had the wonderful opportunities to teach children and the youth in church and have served in the women’s organization called The Relief Society. With each calling I receive in the church I become a better person and grow closer to what Jesus wants me to be. I strive to live my faith every day by being a good example to others and a disciple of Christ. I have a testimony that the fullness of the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored upon the earth today and that we having a living prophet who leads and guides us during these turbulent times.

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. We are a circle of sisters age 18 and older who teach, edify, uplift and serve one another. It's purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, to strengthen families and homes. It is through Relief Society that I have learned to be a better person, mother, wife and friend. Show more Show less

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Baptism is done by immersion. Children are baptized when they reach the age of 8 yeras old when we feel they reach the age of accountability. Show more Show less