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Hi I'm Sallie.

I'm a computer technician. I'm a grandmother/babysitter. I'm the cookie baker. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I joined our two families to become a blended family in the 1978. Since that time we increased our number of children from three to eight. I was a city dweller until we married. One year later I became a dairy farmer's wife. Though the farming didn't pan out, we stayed in rural communities raising our brood. I never missed the city enough to want to return. I like night skies, low crime and less traffic. I went back to college when our youngest child began kindergarten. With my non-traditional student status, I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in accounting. I have worked in the technology department of our school district for over ten years. We enjoy our family here with over half of our grandchildren within four blocks of our home. My hobbies are family histories, quilting, and reading.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a part member family where mom taught us the gospel. A part member family, in my case, meant dad was not a member. He never objected to our church activity. For whatever reason, in my late teens I rebelled away from the church for many years. It wasn't until after my second marriage and our move to the country that I re-attached to the church. I never denied the gospel was true. Coming back was humbling and hard, but I learned through loving members of our congregation that the Lord always loved me and He rejoiced in my repentance. I know I was forgiven for my dreadful past. The gospel of Jesus Christ put light back into my life. I have tried ever since to keep the commandments and found that is the way to true happiness. I would be so lost without that assurance that my Heavenly Father knows and loves me, that He guides me, and that He hears and answers my feeble prayers. Heavenly Father gave us the great plan of happiness. The best part of the gospel is the blessing that our family can be together for eternity.

How I live my faith

Over the years I have served in my congregation in many capacities. I loved my years working with the children and young women. I have been blessed to be in leadership positions with great women. Currently I serve as a leader in the women's organization. All the positions of the church are served without pay but with blessings from heaven. One of the ways we worship is through temple attendance. I love going to the temple. It brings me such joy and peace. Although we live 130 miles from the closest temple, I go as often as I can, which is anywhere from six to twelve trips annually. I once worked a job at a computer support center. The account which I worked on was going to start offering their support on Sunday. From my first day of work I had agreed to work any schedule Monday through Saturday. Because of my refusal to work Sundays I was demoted to a lower paying account for six months. Our family did not suffer from our reduction in my salary. I know I was blessed by keeping the Sabbath day holy. I live my faith by setting an example to my grandchildren. I have a strong work ethic, attend my church meetings, live an honest life, dress modestly and avoid foul language. My family is a treasure to me. I enjoy reaching out to others by listening, taking meals when in need or cookies just for fun, working in the church owned cannery, and donating quilts. I worry about all of Satan's evil influences on children today and try to make my home a safe haven for my grandchildren.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

First and foremost God is real. To me the most amazing thing about God is that He knows and loves each of us. I have felt His direct, specific love for me on numerous occasions. He is tangible - not some illusive being. We are created in the image of God, meaning he has a body with features just like ours. He understands us greater than we understand ourselves. God has the power to know what is in each of our hearts and minds. He also knows our potential. When we ask for His help in prayer, He truly guides us. When Joseph Smith was still young, he prayed to Heavenly Father with a simple question he had, which church to join. In answer to that question, Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ appeared in person to Joseph Smith. Joseph Smith's vision assures us of the nature of God. God spoke to Joseph, calling him by name. He knows so much more than just each of our names. As we become adults and meet that special someone, we think we have an understanding of what love really is. Maybe we have a glimpse of God's emotion towards us. Then when we become parents, we know of the great love we have for our newborn child. I believe the love God has for each of us is similar, only magnified exponentially. When I think of God as a personage, I think of reverence, wonder and awe. I picture Him smiling as a loving parent. Show more Show less

Why is family so important to Mormons?

The family is the basic unit of the church. We don't get all our religious learning experiences at church each Sunday. There is a commandment that we should teach our children the gospel of Jesus Christ. We teach them by example, by scripture study together, by praying together and by setting aside one night a week called Family Home Evening for a gospel lesson or discussion. In our family, Family Home Evening consisted of a church song, a prayer, a short lesson, a game and a snack. The young children enjoyed the game most of all. Our Proclamation to the Family states that families should engage in wholesome recreational activities. Having fun together binds a family with pleasant memories. Our church teaches that a family is eternal. Our Heavenly Father placed us here on earth in families to help us grow. We lived in a family in our pre-existance so it is only natural to have a family on earth. If we live worthily, our family can have a mansion in heaven after we cross over into our next life. I could never imagine a God who would not let the family continue in their family association after death. He loves us and wants our happiness, but we must prove ourselves. It is not automatic that we will enjoy the blessings of exaltation or eternal family connections. We must have faith and follow our faith with good works. Show more Show less