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Hi I'm Cam!

I'm from the Seattle area. I'm a ballroom dance teacher at a local non-profit dance co. I'm a wife, mother of 4 & I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in the Pacific Northwest as an only child. I was close to my mom's side of the family (cousin, aunts, uncles, grandparents) because they all lived around the area too. I always loved the big family get togethers! I love music & dance - anything associated with the arts. I've danced pretty much all my life and feel so blessed that I get to teach dance to youth today. I am a team director for a youth formation ballroom dance company and also a teacher with Dancing Classrooms. I LOVE being with today's youth. I have been married for 17 years. I have identical twin boys that are great soccer players - which makes me a "Soccer Mom". I have a daughter that should have gills & fins - so, I spend a lot of time at the pool too. My last daughter loves preschool, swimming, dancing and singing - she'll need to pick one eventully, but she's still pretty young, we'll give her a little more time to choose. I currently live fairly close to my parents and enjoy watching my kids grow up having a good relationship with them. I love volunteering at school. I enjoy running and scrapbooking and taking our yellow lab to the lake. Time flies!! I'm working on making sure I'm making time for the BEST things, because if you're not careful life can fill up with really good things and before you know it, the BEST things are gone.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a Senior in high school. While I didn't grow up going to any church in particular, my mom taught me about God and Jesus and to always say my prayers. I look back now and see that I was always searching for that good feeling that comes from the Spirit. I was lucky enough to have a mom who taught me strong morals - and even better she taught me how to stand up for those values. So, it was only natural for me to be drawn to kids that felt the same way. By the time I was in high school, most of my best friends were Mormon. They invited me to church and I was pretty much hooked from that first day. I eventually began talking to the full-time Missionaries to continue learing about the church. I mentioned earlier that I loved big family get togethers -the family is central to the church, so when I went to church and saw all these families sitting and singing together, I knew that was what I wanted for my life. I loved the warmth and love I felt from the members of the congregation. I loved finally feeling like I'd found what I was looking for, even though I hadn't realized I was even searching. Nothing compares to knowing who you are. The church gave me that. I know I am a daughter of God. I know He loves me. I know He has a plan for me. I knew being baptized was part of that plan.

How I live my faith

I've been a member of the church for 20 years now. During that time I've had the chance to help serve in many different capacities. I happily serve wherever help is needed, but I LOVE working with the youth. I've worked with the girls, ages 12-18, often. Either teaching them lessons during church on Sunday's or helping plan weekly activities like service projects, learning to cook or shop on a budget. I love music, but never thought of myself as much of a "chorister", but I did get to develop that skill working with the younger kids, 3-12, by helping teach them songs during their classes on Sunday. I've also been in charge of the women's organization. We put a lot of emphasis on service there too. We bring meals in to families who may have sick parents, or may have just had a baby. We might help clean a house for someone who recently had surgery and isn't quite back on their feet yet. The women's organization also has monthly mid-week meetings ranging in topics from gardening, nice home made Christmas giflts, canning and even self-defence. Currently, I'm a Sunday School Teacher for the youth 14-18.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Cam!
Mormon women are everyday women striving to be the best they can be. We are single, married, divorced, mothers, grandmothers, co-workers, chauffeurs, aunts, daughters, PTA Presidents, community members, teachers, leaders, cooks, cleaning ladies, tired, energetic, young, old, short, tall, fat, skinny, service oriented, busy, wonderful women!!! Men and women are different. We each have different talents that lend themselves best to certain rolls. We believe in the traditional sense of the family. Most often the man is responsible for the financial well-being of the family and the woman is the care-giver at home. However, that doesn't mean there isn't some cross-over and definite sharing of those responsibilites. The goal is to have a happy relationship and a happy family. Men and women should work together for the well-being of their family. That may mean roles are reversed; in the cases of single-parent homes many hats are worn. But, generally we know what we read in the Bible, in 1 Corinthians 11:11, to be true, "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord". Both, are equally important in the sight of God. Mormon men know that Mormon women are strong, spiritual and vital to the success of the home. Mormon women know that Mormon men love them, respect them and honor them for what women contribute to their families, the church and society as a whole. We are equal, but different and that was by the great design of our Creator. Show more Show less