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Hi I'm Thelma

I'm a Mormon.I treasure the experiences I have been given that testify of a loving Saviour who is there for me whenever I need Him

About Me

I am married and we have eight beautiful children and eleven of the greatest grandchildren in the world. My only real hobby involves people. I enjoy talking to anyone and everyone. My children are always embarrassed because I can walk up to a total stranger and talk to them as if I have known them all my life. I love children especially. I challenge myself when i hear a little one crying to go to them and try to console them. I make sure they know someone cares. It is my goal to get their attention enough for them to stop crying and maybe even give me a smile. I also love serving others and helping them with their problems. I feel that life has given me many trials and challenges so I can learn compassion and empathy for others who are suffering. I feel most like the Savior when I do for others what they can't seem to find the courage or the strength to do for themselves. I cling to the scripture that when we are serving others, we are only in the service of our God.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the South with twelve brothers and sisters. We were very poor, but happy. I was raised as a Baptist, but always felt something was missing. I had many questions that were never answered. One of the questions was, "Why don't we have a prophet to lead us in these last days, especially when there were prophets in other dispensations?" I was always told that we weren't suppose to question the things of God. But I knew the truth had to be somewhere and I was determined to find the answers. When I was twenty-one, I dated a Mormon. One day, I was talking to his sister and the subject of religion came up. I asked my infamous questions and she answered every one of them. WOW!!! No one had ever been able to do that before. The interesting thing about it was that when she told me the answer I knew immediately that it was true. It was like I already knew the answer but didn't know anyone else believe what I already knew in my heart was true. Another facet of the truth was the principle of a preexistence. i knew that I lived with Heavenly Father before I came here, so when I heard about it from the missionaries, my soul burned with the confirmation of this true principle. I believe that the veil was very thin for me so I could find the pieces to the puzzle I had been searching for all my life. I joined the church almost forty years ago and am so thankful for my membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints!!!

How I live my faith

I live my faith by continueing with what I know is right no matter what the circumstances are. While raising my eight children, there were many times when I went to church alone. My husband travelled with the military and it was up to me to get them to church on time and to keep them reverent during our church services. Some times I would get so frustrated that I would feel like giving up, but then something would be said in a talk. The Spirit would touch my heart and I would be given inspiration at just the right moment that gave me the strength to endure. It was those times, when in despair, that I literally felt my Savior reach down and lift me up to greater heights so I could be the type of mother I wanted to be for my children. There are countless experiences in my life where this has happened. These are blessings that are given for continueing on even when the journey is too hard to bear. I have faith that He will be there for me because He has never failed me. He never will. He is faithful to me and so am I to Him.