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Hi I'm Babzanne

I have five married children, a son in high school and lots of grandchildren. I'm married to my best friend. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to read--especially historical fiction and my children's blogs. I also really enjoy watching the shows on Food Network and have learned to be a more creative and less nervous cook because of them. When my huband worked for United Airlines we took some awesome trips to the East Coast and visited many states back there, as well as Eastern Canada, California and Hawaii. That pretty much ended when he became a self-employed tax accountant, but it was fun while it lasted! I have a college degree in Language Arts Education and taught high school English for one year before realizing I'd rather be a writer. I worked for a newspaper in Salt Lake City before being hired at a magazine--my dream job. After three years at the magazine I married a wonderful young man who made me laugh. When I was pregnant with our first child I was so sick that I quit my job a couple months earlier than planned--and then went through some lonely times missing my old work associates. But I have never regretted giving up a promising career to be a stay-a-home mom. I'm grateful we could do that. We have four daughters (and four sons-in-law), two sons (and one daughter-in-law) and eight grandchilden wth three more on the way. I enjoy very much spending time together as a family and am grateful for the wonderful times we've shared, despite the trials and challenges along the way. I love this saying: "Having it all is believing that you do."

Why I am a Mormon

My great-great-great grandfather was baptized a Mormon in Kirtland, Ohio during the very early days of the Church. He came west to the Utah Valley when the whole town of Nauvoo, Illinois was driven out of the state by mobs. He was a polygmist with five wives and 22 children. One of his grandchildren was my grandfather who grew up in Southern Idaho. He and my grandmother had two daughters--one of whom became my mother. When she and my aunt were growing up they attended Church with their friends, and occasionally their parents would also come along. My mother married a wonderful man who was not a member of the Church. We attended off and on until I was twelve years old. At this time in my life a girl my own age began inviting me to the youth activities. One day I finally acepted her invitation. My sisters and mother and I were also attending Sunday School regularly. Within a short time I found I loved going to Church. I remember one day standing at the back of the Church and feeling that I was being enveloped by love. I knew I belonged there. I decided to attend Brigham Young University after I graduated from high school and it was there my knowledge of the gospel grew and my testimony solidified. But I've always found it easy to believe. I find strength in the history of the Church and of my own ancestors. I love the modern day prophets. I love reading the Book of Mormon, which truly testifies of Christ. I love that the Church teaches the same principles that Christ taught, and that because of the restoration of the gospel by Joseph Smith I know I have a real Father in Heaven who loves and cares about me. I am a Mormon because I've felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that these things are true. I not only love the teachings of the Church, but I believe them to be true with all my heart. I have felt the comfort and direction of the Holy Ghost in my life and had my prayers answered far too many times to ever deny these things.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith by keeping the commandments we have been given by the Savior, some of which are to attend Church, pay tithing, be kind to others, and live a moral life. I try to set a good example, although I certainly fall short at times. The gospel teaches that families are forever and should be our highest priority and I love following those teachings. Like all the active women in the Church, I have been asked to be a visiting teacher, which means I'm assigned three other women to visit each month. As visiting teachers we try to become friends with each of the women we visit, to understand their needs and be of help and service to them. Currently I'm the president of the women's organization in our ward (congregation.) This means I oversee the Sunday lessons and weekday activities, as well as the visiting teaching assignments and compassionate service. We have approximately 200 women in our ward, only about half who attend regularly. But we do try to reach each of the other sisters monthly as well. I love this opportunity I have to get to know so many different women. I've made friends with, and come to love women I probably would never have known otherwise. My husband and children are also given assignments and responsibilities in the Church and I try to be encouraging and supportive of them as well. As a family we have always prayed together at meals, before we go to bed, and in the morning before the children would go to school. For many years we prayed daily that "Grandpa" (my father) would join the Church. After he and my mother had been married for 40 years, this prayer was answered by the baptism of my dad.