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Hi I'm Camille

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of three young children. I'm a triathlete. I'm a writer. I'm a gardener. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've followed my husband into the "wilderness" of graduate and post-graduate school, and lived to tell about it. I've delivered three babies, in spite of health problems that threatened to keep me barren. I've learned the joy of self-discipline through the challenges of rigorous triathlon training. I find great joy in all things that bring more life into my life: plants, animals, literature, music, friendship, etc.

Why I am a Mormon

My 90+ great-grandmother once told me something I'll never forget. She said, "I've always had everything I wanted...because I've known what to want." Life has certainly been challenging thus far, but because I live according to good and wholesome Christian values, trusting in Jesus Christ, I have peace, confidence, and am very happy. I can tell you with certainty that life has significant meaning, value, and purpose. As God's children, we are meant to succeed and excel, to overcome obstacles and challenges. God did not put us on earth to fail. He put us here to succeed, to create, to become like him. Since Jesus is God's son, and has eternal power over things like pain, illness, discouragement, and even death, he's in the perfect position to help those of us who ask for his help and then follow his directions in faith. I have experienced this kind of interaction with and assistance from the Savior's sacred power, and I can tell you with absolute certainty that it works, Every Time. With help like this, how could we possibly fail to get what we want? I am grateful to not have to wander this mortal existence alone. I am grateful to have the freedom to make decisions about my life and my family, and grateful to have confidence that if I study and follow Jesus' teachings, I will be happy with the consequences of those decisions. I'm grateful to know where to turn when I'm in trouble, or in doubt, in pain, or in fear, and to be sure of finding relief. I'm grateful to know of and have access to someone wiser than myself, who loves me and cares about my happiness and success. My understanding of the gospel of Christ is not that I have to change, but that I can, and I'm so grateful for it. Astonishingly, I'm only in my 30's, and I already have everything I want. I know exactly what my grandmother meant. Everything good in my life has come from my decision to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as a ward missionary, sharing my testimony about the divine mission of the Savior at every opportunity. It's not always easy but I LOVE IT. I also accompany church meetings on the piano or organ.

Mormons believe Jesus Christ is their Savior. Why do we need a Savior?

Nowhere is it written that once someone is baptized they find it easy to be perfect forever after. This life has ongoing challenges for Latter-Day Saints, the same as other people. Fortunately, the gospel of Jesus Christ offers us more tools than the world does for enduring and overcoming our challenges. In my life, I've dealt with addiction, poor health, pain caused by others and disappointment in myself. Financial troubles, loss of loved ones and great loneliness have all been a part of my mortal experience. But whatever the challenge, Christ has already overcome it…and has extended his help to me. I have chosen to follow him, and have risen beyond my own abilities through study of the scriptures, prayer and obedience. I am happy in spite of my trials and shortcomings, and every day brings me closer to becoming the woman I truly want to be. I tell you sincerely that I believe in Jesus Christ, and have often used the atonement to overcome my personal imperfections. I have asked for help, I have acted on his words, and I testify to you that I have been strengthened to overcome or endure all of my life’s challenges. It really works! He has already done what is necessary for us to overcome both physical and spiritual trials. He offers to us perfection, happiness, peace and rest in God’s kingdom. Just as he rose from the grave, so will we. And just as he returned to Father in Heaven, so can we! I extend to you that familiar invitation to Ask, Act, and Believe! Show more Show less