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Hi I'm Nan

I grew up in Salt Lake hating Mormons. Now, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mother of 5 (all of our 5 children are adopted!). I am a grandmother (one sweet little girl with identical twin boys coming soon). My husband and I have been married for 28 years. It's been a wonderful 28 years--not always easy-but wonderful! I am an attorney yet I have been at home for the past 25 years raising our children. Now that I say that, I think they actually raised me. I love to be with my family, cook, entertain, read, watch old movies and be at the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I moved to Salt Lake when I was 8 years old. I had never heard of Mormons. Going through elementary, middle and high school with them and not being a Mormon, was difficult. They seemed very exclusive, didn't include me and talked about things that I had never heard about. Some didn't live the standards they said they believed. I was never invited to any Mormon event. I was a good girl did well in school, involved in clubs, choir groups, etc.. I just felt like they never thought I was good enough to be included. This led me to think poorly of Mormons. When I was 16 a friend of mine decided to join the Mormon church. I felt she was making a huge mistake. I told her so. Later that night I felt something I had never felt beofre. I didn't know what it was. I called my friend who had decide to get baptized. She said we needed to talk. We did. She told me I was feeling the Holy Ghost. I didn't know what that was. She tried to explain. I still didn't understand. Later that night I heard a voice tell me to "fear not". At first I didn't believe that I'd heard anything. Then the same voice said "fear not" again. That time I knew I had heard it. Then I heard it for the third time, "fear not". The third time I felt great peace enter my soul. The next day I went down to temple square in Salt Lake and bought myself a Book of Mormon. I read it in 2 months. I knew that book was from God. What was I to do? The story about how Joseph Smith received the plates seemed way too hard to believe. Yet, I knew the Book of Mormon was from God. So, i went to church. I was afraid to be taught by the missionaries because I thought I'd just be a statistic to them. Instead, a returend missionary met with me every week and answered my questions. After a couple of months he asked me if I wanted to be baptized. I said I didn't know. He said then why don't you just stop going to church. I tried that for one week. Then I knew. I had to be baptized because it was true!

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the Mormon church for over 30 years now. It changed my life. I grew up in a home where I was told the bible was a book of fairy tales. I never went to church. My family life was not a strong one. Both of my parents were married and divorced to differnt people many, many times. The Mormon church not only showed me what and how to believe and worship, it also showed me how to have and be a part of a loving family. I now know what a good marriage is and how to work to keep it that way. I now know how to strengthen family ties and help children feel love, safety and peace. As a Mormon I have also learned the joy of giving service in many ways. I have taught young children ages 3-12. I have taught young women ages 12-18. I have also taught and worked with adults. I have helped others who are struggling, both physically, mentally and spiritually and received help from them when I have been struggling. Being a Mormon has also given me an instant extended family. Wherever you live, there are other Mormons who are there to help you and your family. Because of the stable family I now have, I have been able to help and serve outside of my church. I have volunteered countless hours at my children's schools. We regularly help our neighbors that aren't of our faith. I am involved in a few women's attorney groups as well. Being a Mormon for me has taught me how to live a life where my focus is on others. It has provided me a knowledge of the purpose of this life and the life to come. It has shown me that I can have my precious family with me forever if I continue to follow the Savior. The Mormon church has changed my life forever. I will be eternally grateful. I know it can enrich your life as well.