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Hi I'm Pam

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love living in sunny Brisbane where the weather is great all year round and I have easy access to many natural sites including beautiful beaches and lush rainforest covered mountains. In summer my family and I also enjoy regular bar-b-ques at my home and our pool is in constant use especially by my grandchildren. My full-time occupation involves working as a women and children's counsellor. I find this position very rewarding because I help others to develop an awareness of their inner strengths so they can have the opportunity to choose more fulfilling lives. My hobbies include gardening, scapbooking, art journals and tracing my family tree.

Why I am a Mormon

My family joined the church when I was a teenager and having previously experienced some very difficult life events I guess at the time what really impressed me was the overwhelming feeling of love and acceptance by the members. I felt like I had literally 'come home'. Forty years later I still feel confident about the support offered by church members and know that wherever I am in the world I have 'family' close by if I need help of any kind. The reason that my parents joined the church relates to the death of their youngest child and how the church we were attending at the time believed that he needed to have been baptised to be 'saved'. Within a few years the mormon elders knocked at our door and talked about the LDS church and their belief system. My parents were very impressed with what was said especially when told that the church believed that babies were not born with 'sin upon their head' and had no need of baptism until the age of eight when they became accountable for their own actions. The plan of exaltation was also explained to them which outlined a pre-life before being born on earth and an after-life where families will be re-united again for eternity. As you can imagine this provided a great comfort to my parents and our whole family. More recently with the death of a young child within my family this same doctrine has again brought great peace and comfort to myself and others who continue to love and miss her and look forward to being with her again.

How I live my faith

While I was young I depended on others I trusted to help me make decisions regarding my beliefs and values. However once I matured I began to search out my answers on an intellectual level by looking at all the other major churches and their beliefs. I found that the LDS church was the only one who fully answered my questions. On a more spiritual level I prayed for reassurance that I was personally known and loved by God and this was confirmed to me. This has allowed me to accept myself as an imperfect being living in an imperfect world who is trying to gain self-awareness and improve personal integrity so I can live more fully to my potential. I try to daily live my faith by firstly reserving judgement and treating others with the respect and acceptance that I would like to receive from them. I also try to make myself available to serve others not only in the church but wherever I see a need even when it is inconvenient or I would rather be doing something for myself. I know that the character I create and the knowledge I gain along with my relationships with others are the only things I will take to the next life so these are my main focus each day.