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Hi I'm Connie Mae

I grew up being a Mormon, I've lived in Arizona all my life, I've had 7 children, 6 still living + 7 stepchildren & 17 grandkids.

About Me

I'm a Mom of 7 (from my 1st marriage), a grandma of 13, a step-mom of 7 and step-grandma of 4. My step-daughter from my 2nd marriage is now my daughter-in-law and my youngest step-son (of my now 3rd marriage) is also my children's 2nd cousin. Sounds like an old fashion red-neck family, not the typical Mormon one. None the less all are doing well. I work from my home doing computer aided drafting(custom house plans) and manage some rentals, which affords me time to spend with my children and grandchildren that live away. I went to College for 2 years right out of high school then went back for a semester, at age 40, to learn computer aided drafting. This was just in time to get me a full time job drafting for a builder, while going through a divorce with 6 children still at home. Untill then I had been a full time stay at home mom for 19 years. I enjoy time with my family and anything in the great out doors, gardening, cycling, hiking, boating. Our favorite family outing is boating at the lake and tandum ski diving when each child turned 18.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member of the church all my life. Through living the Gospel of Jesus Christ I feel I avoided many of the troubles teens go through. I remember in college my peers said I was going through life with blinders on and didn't know what fun I was missing because I had not experienced the things of the world meaning drugs, drinking, smoking and sex. My response was I could remember all the fun I had all weekend and with who, could they? I also remember that was the first and only time I entered a bar because I agreed to walk a friend in to meet up with her other friends since she said it wasn't wise for a girl to go in alone. I will never forget the feeling of emptiness and gloom that came over me the minuet I stepped in that bar, not knowing why. I left when we found her friends and as soon as I stepped out of the bar I felt a warm, comforting peace fill me. It was then I realized the Spirit can't dwell in an unclean place and that was the first time since I was 8 (when I was baptized in the Mormon church) that I had not had the Spirit or Gift of the Holy Ghost with me. I had been so accustom to having the Spirit guide me in my life that I hadn't realized how life would be without it. I decided then and there I never wanted to be without the Holy Ghost again. I try to live worthy of his presence and life is very good.

How I live my faith

Since I have been a member of the church all my life I have had the opportunity to work in many of the Church's programs. As a child I remember one particular Sunday School teacher who made me feel special, because of her smile and warm hugs I knew she cared for me. I've tried to pass that on to the ones I have the opportunity to teach and work with. At 17 I was head of the Girls youth program in our congregation. It was our goal to reach out to everyone in our congregation and make them feel loved and needed and to join us. We reached our goal and had 100% of our Young Women coming to church. I was asked to speak on how this was accomplished, at a Church leadership meeting held in the College Auditorium and filled to capacity. While I was sitting on stage waiting to speak I realized I was the only female there. That day I saw and felt the care and love our Church leaders have for each of us just as I did for the girls in my congregation. And how much they want to reach out and help everyone feel our Heavenly Father and Savior's love for them and partake of the blessing that can be found in living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Recently I have been teaching 3, 4 and 5 year olds on Sundays. I loved doing it because I can see the Light of Christ burning bright when I look into the eyes of these (his) precious little ones.