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Hi I'm Nancy

I love life and learning. I am a wife and graduate student. I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.

About Me

For ten years I was a practicing Massage Therapist. I throughly enjoyed my trade- serving others. As I worked in massage therapy, I worked my way through school completing my associates, bachelors and now I am working on my Masters Degree, I am in my last class. It has been a great journey, but I can not wait to be done! I love yoga and I aspire to get my yoga instructor certification so I can teach classes as we move around. My husband is a Navy medical officer, he is in his 2nd year of Family Medicine Residency and my main objective is to support him the best I can so he can be successful in his pursuits. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 4 busy years full of school for the both of us. We do not have children yet, but are hopeful to start our family soon. I have felt a lot of joy in our family. Hobbies I like are health and fitness. I love to exercise and I love to try new healthy fresh recipes to cook. I love to take care of our home and serve in the church. I try to keep a family blog so all of our family living away from us can see what we are up to. One of my most favorite pass times is spending time with my husband, going for walks, bike rides, hikes, and exploring towns near us. I like to be up to date with current events around the country and world so I watch the news (sometimes I talk back at the TV because I think there is a lack of common sense in the world:) I have recently gotten into working on food storage and starting to make freezer jam.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when 2 missionaries knocked on their door on a cold Michigan winter day. They took the missionary discussions and were converted to the church through baptism. After my parents joined the church, the closest temple to Michigan was Salt Lake City, UT. So my parents hopped into their green station wagon and drove across the country to get sealed together and their two children (at that time). I am the youngest of 5 children. My parents diligently raised the kids in the church. My testimony is not based on my parents or my family. I personally had to find out for myself if the church was true. I knew at the end of high school, particularly, when I was going off on my own and I had agency to choose if I wanted to follow the teachings of Jesus Christ. I always felt Heavenly Father answering my prayers. I have felt blessings for paying tithing and serving in the church. Since then, my testimony has grown. I know that this is Jesus Christ church. Christ is at the head of the church. I know that Christ atoned for my sins and short comings. I have felt the power of the Atonement in my life. I know the Holy Ghost is real and gives us inspiration if we are listening. I know the Priesthood is the power of God and is on the earth today. I know He has a living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson. I know that Joseph Smith was called to be a prophet and restore the church on the earth. I know The Book of Mormon is the word of God as is The Bible. I have read them and have felt their power. I know the temple is where we can go and make covenants and promises with the Lord. I know families are eternal and I treat my temple marriage with respect and honor. The Gospel of Jesus Christ and my relationship with my Savior are the most precious things in my life.

How I live my faith

When I was 20 years old I decided I wanted to serve a mission for the Church when I turned 21. I worked for a year as a massage therapist to fully pay for my missionary service, which was for 18 months. I was asked and excepted to serve in the Washington DC South Mission (Northern Virginia/ DC metro area). After my return home from serving as a missionary, my father passed away 4 1/2 months later. It was sudden and life changing. I never worried where my dad was because I had faith that I would see him again and that I had gained a testimony that families are forever. What was difficult for me was to figure out what I was supposed to do with my life, that came with time and healing. Through that traumatic time I truly felt comforted by the Holy Ghost. Our congregation family totally rallied around my family with love and support. I try to do the same now. Since I was a missionary, I have served in different capacities within my different congregations, wherever I have lived. To me, it does not matter what your calling is, what matters is how one serves in the stewardship they have been given. I live my faith by trying to be the best me I can be. I try to read my scriptures each day and say my daily personal and family prayers. I love to go to the temple. Something that has really helped me in my life and has helped me draw closer to my Savior is through fasting once a month. I feel him close to me and I know he is aware of what I am going through. Paying tithing has brought a lot of peace into my life. I have seen the hand of the Lord watch over my life and family. I feel like life is hard enough with trials and stress that the more I strive to stay close to the Lord and keep His commandments, the smoother things will go. That does not mean that trials and stresses go away and are not around, it means my ability to weather the storms of life is easier. The Lord himself said "Take my yoke upon you... for my Yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:29-30)