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Hi I'm Trudy

I am an Australian I live in Queenland. I am a nurse academic. I work in an Unversity and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother (12 grandchildren) and am married. I was baptized with my mother when I was 9 years old, but my dad wasn't baptized until 7 years later (without us knowing-it was a mother's day present)! I am a registered nurse and midwife now working as an academic. When I found myself alone with my children I went to Uni and completed a Diploma in nursing edcation, a degree (Education), a Master's degree and then a PhD. I was the first Australian Latter Day Saint to become a Head of Nursing in any Australian University at the time. For the PhD I explored remote area nursing history in Australia so you can see I'm passionate about nursing and history. My hobbies include family, music (taught myself to read music), playing the harp (celtic classical 34 string), reading, gardening. My husband and I love doing things together-(am hanging out to retire so we can spend more time together-one day-a misson). I'm trying to learn my husband's native language (he speaks 8 languages) but it it is a slow prcess. Our children are scattered all over Australia (we have 7 between us) so opportunity for lots of travel -we love to travel. The Church has provided me with the ability and confidence to know that I can achieve whatever is needful in life. I learned this when I was young. I have held many church positions and find that if I wish to achieve anything in life I need to continue to put the Lord first in everything I do each day.

Why I am a Mormon

It's interesting to me that while I was young at the time I was baptized I remember being consciously aware that the church and Book of Mormon are true and that what I was doing (being baptized ) was absolutley right. As a person who is a bit of a dreamer, it surprises me that I knew that so clearly at that age.. When I was in my twenties I again realized that my testimony is my own and that I truly do know that Christ is my older brother- that he died for me, that he knows me and where I am. I have been fortunate to experience many situations in life as I travelled to various countries that reaffirm the truth of the Gospel. I am blessed that both my parents and my sisters are in the Gospel-that we grew together. I am grateful for a mother who was consistent in her faith and helped us to learn by her example about the role of womanhood in this life, what is the purpose of this life and why testimony matters until my dad joined the Church as a result of her tender example to us all. We are blessed to have been sealed as a family for eternity and I am so grateful for that. I find that as I study the scriptures more and learn more about Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father my life has more focus and I am learning to know the saviour more and realise the true worth of souls. I have tried to follow my parents' example and teach our children these values. We are grateful that they have all become good adults with special familes of their own now. I am grateful to have grown up in a house of laughter and love with a parents who wanted each of us to succeed, this enbled me to stay true and strong to the faith as we spent much of our lives being some sort of pioneer in a number of diffrent situations. I find as I struggle at times with life and what it brings, my testimony is the anchor that keeps me strong and able to cope with whatever comes my way each day.

How I live my faith

I currently teach Gospel Doctrine (adult sunday school class) but over the years have held every position in the church that a woman is able to hold. I work full time in a leadership role as well as teaching and undertaking research and I am also involved in various community orgnanizations. Until recently I was a member (and acting chairperson) of the local health community council, am a member of a community reference group for a large university medical school (a different one to the one I work at). I am a Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing Australia and a Fellow of the Council of Remote Area Nurses of Australia (CRANAplus). All of these positions put me out in the community where people are able to see me and how I act. I am mindful that because of where we live and the fact that I have a rather high profile at times my example is always a message to others about my faith and my intrinsic values. I am very grateful for a family tha grounded me and taught me that I should always fulfil my committments to the Lord first if I wanted any blessings in this life. This is how I live my life and as a result have been able to achieve many more things than I ever would have been able to do without the help of the Lord in my life.