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Hi I'm Nancy

I grew up in a large family. After college I served as a social worker running programs for youth. Now I am a mom! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with my dad, mom, and 8 siblings. I knew I liked having a large family back then, but now I love it even more. We each have taken our own paths in life with various careers and interests yet we remain very good friends. After completing my college degree in Social Work I ran several youth agencies like foster care, homeless shelter, parenting teen, and mentoring programs. I loved seeing the youth change their lives for the better. I am married now and we have a wonderful son and a precious daughter. I am a stay-at-home mom and want my children to experience all of the good that is out there. From taking trips to new areas we have never been, to visiting local landmarks, or attending community events. I always keep my camera with me so I can share all the wonderful things I see and never forget what we have done. I'm amazed at all the wonderful things this beautiful earth has to offer. As a family we explore the area of the country we are currently living in, go camping, or we stay at home playing games and watching movies. As my son plays with his friends, I enjoy organizing and cleaning the house, and all the joys the come with a new baby. For awhile we lived in Alaska. It was beautiful and full of lots of adventures but I didn't like being so far away from my parents and siblings. Now I get to live by several of them again and the rest I keep in regular contact with and stay informed of what is happening in each of their personal lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon all my life. I enjoyed going to primary as a child where I learned songs about Jesus and teachers told me stories from the scriptures. As I got older I attended week day activities. My favorite memories are of making babysitting kits and learning to bake. Even when we moved I knew no matter where I went church would be exactly the same with instant friends. When I became a youth my teachers were always loving and taught just what I needed to hear to help me through hard times and planned fun weekly activities, teaching life skills and social skills. It was during one of these youth activities that I received a testimony for myself that what I was learning at church was true and came from God. Each year we went camping for a week with a hundred other girls. I had been praying to know the truth. While I was at Young Women's Camp, out in nature with no worldly distractions the answer came so strongly that YES I am a daughter of God and that Jesus Christ is my older brother who loves me. Now that I knew, I began a fervent study of the scriptures on a daily basis. I asked my Sunday school teachers to teach me more about the atonement of Jesus Christ and the result was a very close bond with my Savior. He became my best friend. I was a normal teenager that spent every weekend with my friends going to dances, sporting events, and watching movies. But because of my close friendship to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ the temptations and trials that come to many teens didn't even tempt me. I knew I didn't want anything to do with them because I wanted to be free to make my own choices and be happy. I moved away from home to go to college and realized I could be anybody I wanted to be. No one knew my parents or siblings and I could be my own person. I quickly decided I was happiest when I was following the example of my older brother, Jesus Christ. By attending church weekly I learn more about Christ and keep focused on who I truly am.

How I live my faith

Not only am I a member of this church, but this church makes me who I am. All week I strive to put into practice what I believe. Every Sunday I attend church and spend the remainder of the day serving others or with my family. Recently I was president of the primary, which means I oversaw the instruction and activities for children age 18 months to 12 years old that attend church with me. This brings me great joy as I see them trying to make good choices and sharing their sweet spirit. During the week I am checking to make sure we will have teachers, preparing spiritual thoughts, and visiting with children who I can assist. I also spend my time visiting with women who I have been assigned to look after. We visit about how life is going and I offer my services if they need anything. Monday evenings are reserved for just my family. Examples of things we have done recently are adventures to see a local sight, watching a movie together, and planning and practicing fire safety drills. I love reading my scriptures every day. At least monthly I go to the Temple where I feel peace, worship, pray, and reflect. For the last couple of years I have been doing research about my husband's family heritage. It is fascinating to see how he has become the great man he is today, because of the wonderful people that came before him. I strive daily to be a good neighbor, be involved with community events, and serve my family.