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Hi I'm Nancy

I am a child of God; I'm a mother, grandmother, great-grandmother; a lifelong teacher and learner; and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother to five sons, and I have three daughters-in-law and one daughter-in-law-to-be. I am the grandmother of six boys and two girls. I am the great grandmother of one little girl, and there are two little boys coming soon. I was happily married for thirty-eight years to the love of my life, who unfortunately died two years ago. I am a retired educator...I was a teacher, an elementary principal, a district curriculum and instruction administrator, a national reading consultant, and an adjunct professor at several universities. I loved every minute of the forty-four years I served in my chosen profession. After retirement, I supervised student teachers and read grants for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. I love to volunteer. I was a Hospice volunteer, a Children's Museum volunteer, and a community representative on school committees until my husband got sick. Since his death, I am again a very active volunteer at the Children's Museum, and I mentor an elementary-aged girl. I also love my work in our church's women's organization. I love to be with my family and enjoy many activities with them. I love being with my friends...going out to eat and shop, playing games, and going on adventures. I love to read, cook, and play board games. I love music of all kinds and enjoy the theater, the opera, and the ballet. I love to watch sports...I used to love participating, but I am a little old for that now. What I'm proud to say is I'm a Mormon, and I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the church, and I am the only member in my family. Back in the early 60's, I was a single mother with a two year old son. I was raised in the Congregational Church, but there wasn't one in my community. My babysitter was a Mormon and invited us to dinner one night. I didn't know that she had also invited the missionaries; and that evening, I was introduced to the Church. I was so impressed with all the family aspects of the Church, and I thought right away that it was the Church for me and my son. As I read the Book of Mormon, studied the Scriptures, listened to the missionary lessons, and prayed for answers, I knew the Church was true and was baptized several months later. I was very active for fifteen years, and then I became inactive...mainly because my husband wasn't a member. However, I never lost my testimony during those years...I just didn't go to Church or serve in any callings. Everyone I knew and worked with knew I was a Mormon, and they respected my beliefs and values. As I grew older, I knew that I wanted to go back to Church; but it was hard. I finally started back to church a short time ago, and I have never been happier. I know that Joseph Smith was the prophet chosen to restore the Church of Jesus Christ here upon the earth in this dispensation. I know that we continue to receive direction from Heavenly Father today through our living prophet, Thomas S. Monson. I know that Heavenly Father knows each of us by name and cares about each of us. I know His Son, Jesus Christ, died on the cross to atone for our sins. I know They both want us to be happy and to follow the commandments here on earth so we may return to live with Them someday. I am really looking forward to going to the Temple in the very near future to see my deceased husband baptized and confirmed a member of the Church and then to be sealed to him for all time and eternity. Then we both will be able to say, "We're blessed to be Mormons!"

How I live my faith

I try each day to be the person that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ want me to be. I pray and read and study the Scriptures and other Church literature to learn more about the Gospel and how I can become more like Heavenly Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. I love to go with the missionaries as they teach the lessons to investigators and then to see the happiness in the lives of newly baptized members. I know how much the missionary program of the Church helps people change their lives when they accept Jesus Christ as their Savior. I serve as a counselor in our ward women's organization. In this calling I have the opportunity to teach and learn with the women of the Church ways to strengthen our testimonies and our families and how to gain personal revelation. I also have the opportunity to help the needy families and try to provide for their temporal needs as well as their spiritual needs. We have monthly activity meetings where we work together on projects for humanitarian services or personal craft projects. Sometimes we just have a social time where we can visit and get to know each other better. Also, I have a visiting teaching partner; and we visit four women in the ward each month to give them a spiritual message and to ensure that all their needs are being met. Serving in this calling brings me much joy and happiness as well as many blessings. In my volunteer work and community service, I always try to be an example for others, both young and old. I want the people I am with to see how happy I am and to know that my happiness comes from being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and from doing my best to serve our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ here on earth. I want to always glorify my Father in Heaven and His Beloved Son, Jesus Christ. I am so blessed to be a Mormon.