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Hi I'm Margaret

I'm a Mormon. Most of my life has been spent in southern Idaho. Activity in the Church has always been important to me.

About Me

I grew up participating fully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Following college, I met my husband while attending a young single adult group. When we married, we decided we wanted our children to have the benefit of the same church participation we enjoyed. Since our marriage and the birth of our first child, I have been a stay-at-home mom. Our nine children have grown up participating in all the programs the church offers: children's activity, including Cub Scouts, youth activity, including leadership service, and religion classes. We made music lessons available for the children who were willing to learn an instrument, but didn't spend much time or effort on sports. We are now empty nesters, enjoying being grandparents as we watch our children love and teach their children the same values we taught years ago. We are "normal people," living unspectular lives, filled with the blessing of family and friends

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught to pray to a loving Heavenly Father. He has witnessed to me, through the Holy Ghost, that this Church teaches the gospel as taught by Jesus Christ years ago. As I read the scriptures, the Holy Ghost lets me know they teach truths about my existance before this life, and the potential for an eternal life with my husband and my family. "All" I have to do is work at keeping the commandments of God, serving my fellowmen and honoring the commitments I have made. I'm very grateful for the life and teachings of the Savior, found in the Book of Mormon. I know He suffered, not just for my mistakes, but He also felt the pains, afflictions, sicknesses and temptations of all men, that He might know how to help us in our infirimities. (Alma 7:11-12) There is nothing I, or my children, can bring to the Lord that He has not experienced. He knows how to help us overcome any challenge. There is great comfort in knowing I can turn to Him, anytime, anywhere for help and comfort. He has given me the gift of being resurrected, and the gift of eternal life with my family, through the gift of repentance. As I continually make mistakes, I can ask for forgiveness, and work to improve. With His help, I know that is possible.

How I live my faith

I know it is by small and simple things that great things are brought to pass. The consistancy of personal and family prayer, reading and discussing scriptures, paying tithing, attending church together and participating in church service, continues to bless my life and the lives of my children and grandchildren. When my children were in school, I volunteered with their school classes and served in the parents group. I worked with Cub Scouts and as a merit badge counselor, encouraging boys along the trail to Eagle rank. I have served as a leader in the children's, young girl's and adult women's groups. I have seen how service blesses lives when we share love and encouragment at each of these ages. We all experience times of discouragment and it is great to have those around us help lift us up. Service in the church helps me give and has blessed me when I am a recipient. I am currently serving as a family history consultant, assisting my neighbors as they identify their ancestors. My husband and I invite all our neighbors to our home each summer for a picnic. I can't offer assistance to people I don't know or recognize. Through this annual picnic, we meet and get acquainted with new neighbors. This opened the door for me to assist a young mother while she was pregnant with twins. Not everyone accepts our invitation, but everyone is invited.