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Hi I'm Doreen

I'm a Grandma. I like to play indoor bowls. I love to exercise. I love family history. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the last child of eight, growing up I was sickly and constantly in the hospital. All the family had grown up and I was left with my tormenting brother. Mother was a great cook. Through the years I would love to cook and I guess my mother rubbed of on me. Father was poor but we still had a happy home. I loved him so much especially when he would sit me on his lap and sing me war songs and tell me his war stories. Mother was also wonderful nurse. Dad would love to garden and he taught me to be a gardener as well which I loved to do up to ten years ago. I remember times when I would pick flowers and take them over to my neighbors and it would give them a shock to see such kindness. I am now a grandmother of 4 grandchildren. Most of my life I worked in the cotton mills with the men who worked on the Snowy River, I was never trained for anything but I never really minded the hard work. I love dogs. One of my first dogs was a little black dog that my father bought me when I was little, I would love to take him everywhere. Family history is one hobby that I enjoy, I am not the best at using the computers and sometimes get lost in the programs but I love when I relocate one of my long lost relatives.

Why I am a Mormon

I was 8 when I was baptised. To this day I can still remember being so young and feeling the joy that I felt that day. I felt clean, I felt happy, I felt good! Later in life I was married in the same little chapel that I was baptised in. At the time my late husband was not a member but later down the road I was informed that he was getting baptised and he made all the arrangements without me! It was not uncommon for him to do things like that but it was still a shock and a fantastic suprise. For some of my life we where not active in the church because my husband lost interest. Over time I lost heart and things went down hill. Our daughter was sick and eventually died due to complications. After that I told my husband that I wanted to get sealed in the New Zealand Temple but my husband refused. Each time we would get enough money to go he would want to buy another car... At the time I was not very confident but since then my confidence has built through those trials. During this time I had a son that was into motorcross and lost his life to an accident. Not long afterwards my eldest son was killed in a tractor accident. My Bishop approached me in my time of deepest despair and told me that I needed to come back to church and go to the temple. Over time my husband's heart changed, hope grew and we finally had the chance to be sealed as a Family Forever! The gospel is so much better when you are living it to the fullest! I have found that when the Lord forgives you and you use the wonderful powers of the atonement the spirit can really guide your life and can take away the anger that one can get and hold onto through hard times. Though I have parted with many family members, including my beloved husband in 2005 I know that I will see all of them again and we will be together as a family someday. I know I have a Savior that loves me. He suffered so much for me. He died for us. He made that atonement for us, so that we do not have to suffer the chains of death.

How I live my faith

I'm always striving to do my best to live my life so that I can be with my family forever. Like I explained in "why I am a mormon", if you have a true desire, the Lord will help you get through those hard times and lead you to your rightous desires, such as being sealed in the temple. It does not mean that I am by any means perfect, but I am trying my best to live in a way that I am worthy to enjoy those blessings. Through my life I have truly learned the joy that comes through service. One way I serve is by doing work for the dead in the temple. Since I have been striving all my life to get my family to the temple I have learned how wonderful it is when we finally get there, and I know that my ancestors are on the other side just waiting to enjoy the same blessings and experience the joy that I found which only comes in the holy temple. Another form of service that I do is visiting teaching. Visiting teaching is where sisters like myself go and visit other sisters to check up on them, take them meals when they are in need of help, and give support while those we visit experience hard times. I have found that these relationships gave me support when I experienced hard times whether big or small.