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Hi I'm Afton

I'm fortunate to be a Mormon, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a retired teacher and a used-to-be writer.

About Me

I am fortunate enough to have a wonderful husband, three excellent children and eleven fantstic grandchildren. I grew up in a small town in Utah and graduated from an L.D.S. university. Like many adventureous youth I longed to see the world. At that time my idea of seeing the world was to marry someone from California and move there. California was, then, as close to the other side of the world as I could imagine. Instead, I married a boy from my high school and moved to another small Utah town. However, since then, we have lived in Oregon, Illinois and Georgia and been happy in each place. When we retired we spent a year as missionaries for our Church in San Francisco (I finally got to California). We also taught English for a school year and several summers at a university in China. I am now happy to live in a small town in North Georgia. I love to write. I have published several articles and four books, which can best be described as humorous self-help books. I co-authored several English textbooks for Chinese elementary and middle school students. I have degrees in elementary education, special education and educational administration. I love teaching, and I have taught all elementary grades as well as special education resource and university courses. When my children were pre-shoolers I founded and directed a pre-school. My most fulling years were those I spent as a full-time mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to have been born into a Mormon family. While I don't have an earthshaking conversion story, I have never doubted that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was restored in the 1800s, that Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ, and this was necessary because the fullness of the Gospel, with its clear doctrine and ordinances, was taken from the Earth when the apostles died or were martyred. While I must admit to having had a sheltered childhood and youth, I appreciate having grown up with a lifestyle that protected me from some potentially life-shattering or life-shortening practices, such as drugs, alcohol, pre-marital sex and smoking. The belief that has sustained and inspired me most is what we call the Plan of Salvation. I am absolutely sure that I lived before I came here, and that I wanted to come to Earth because it was a necessary step in my progression. I needed to gain a body and to prove to myself and my Heavenly Father that I could face the challenges that Earth life guaranteed. I am sure that, if I remain faithful, my Heavenly Father will help (has helped) me to overcome the obstacles that will (have) come my way, and that, because of the Atonement of our Savior, Jesus Christ, I will go to a much better place when I die, and eventually be resurrected with a healthy (and I hope better looking than it is now, although that probably won't be an issue) body. I know that I will eventually be reunited with my beautiful family. We will live happily ever after, but not by sitting on clouds and playing harps. We will continue to work and progress.

How I live my faith

Right now, I am living my Faith by doing just that--trying to increase my FAITH. Three years ago, after having had a life full of opportunities and fulfillment, I was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. In spite of chemotherapy and radiation, the cancer has gone to my bones. I am not experiencing a lot of pain at present. My main inconvenience is lack of energy. I'm concerned about the effect my illness has had/will have on my family (I've NEVER thought of myself as someone who might need to be taken care of!) and a little worried about possible future pain, but I'm not at all afraid of the consequences in the event that I lose the "courageous fight." I am totally and absolutely sure that I will live again, with my family, my Father in Heaven and my Savior Jesus Christ. There's no question. On a lighter note, my membership in the Church has given me many opportunities for growth and enjoyment. Our organization is totally staffed by volunteers. I have taught children, youth and adults and have served in leadership positions for each age group. When I was younger I wrote and directed "road shows," mini-musicals. Each year we traveled to other units in our area and performed our production. That was fun. At one time I was "sports director" for several units. As I knew (still know) and cared (still care) absolutely nothing about sports, that was not fun. It was a learning experience. I learned that you should not umpire a softball game if you don't know the difference between a ball and a strike.