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Hi I'm Cookie

I'm a mother of four and grandmother of eleven. Next to being a daughter of God, family is most important to me. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Growing up, I always felt that my identity was the sister of one of my more popular and athletic siblings. There was nothing special about me that could give me a personal identity. Over the years, I have finally learned that just being me is special. I don't have to "do" anything great to be special because I am a beloved daughter of God and I have a divine destiny. Now I am a wife, mother and grandmother and absolutely love my life. I completed some college and then became a certified medical assistant. I married a wonderful man in 1970 in the Mesa, Arizona Temple and worked in doctors' offices until pregnancy issues with our first child sent me home and to bed until his birth. With only one income, my husband and I felt we had entered the great depression. And while it was a financial depression in our household for many years thereafter, there was lots of joy as we brought four children into the family. When our youngest child entered school, I started driving a school bus part time and then worked in the County Attorney's office for several years and then for the County Engineer and County Manager. I retired a few years ago and an thrilled to have time to read. I generally have three books going at a time; one on the Kindle, one audible and one printed book. If I don't have at least one book going, I feel lost. Reading though, is still second to spending time with kids and grand kids. Life is about as full and great as it can get.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and he married a woman who was a Southern Baptist. After almost being disowned for marrying a "Mormon" my mother was baptized a member of the Church while we lived in the state of Nevada, U.S.A. I remember very well the day that our family was sealed as an eternal family in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. I also remember attending Primary, the church organization for children between three and eleven years of age. I liked going to Primary but when our family moved back to Mesa, for some reason my parents stopped taking us to church. It wasn't until I attended high school that I became involved in the church again, thanks to some dedicated girls who must have taken me on as a "project" to reactivate. They became my best friends and I started learning again about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. There is not a particular day or moment that I could say was a conversion point for me. I just believed the things I was being taught. The Holy Ghost testified to me often about points of the gospel, about my Savior, His atonement and His love for me. Over the years my testimony has grown strong and, though my siblings have left the church, I still know it is true and live my life by its precepts. Every day of my life, every decision, every action is influenced by my testimony of Jesus Christ. I am who I am because of this. Jesus Christ is my Savior and I know that he atoned for my sins and has taken upon himself my grief and my pain. I know that He loves me. Life, of course, has not been easy but it has been a wonderful and exciting journey, even for one with such an ordinary life as mine. Because of my faith in eternal marriage and eternal families and because my husband shares that faith, our marriage has become stronger over the years and our love more powerful.

How I live my faith

Our lives are very much centered around the church. My husband and I have always been actively involved, serving in teaching or leadership positions and teaching our children to serve. By serving in those positions, I have learned so much about myself and about others. I have often been called to serve in positions that I felt were very far above my abilities but, in moving forward with faith and much prayer, I grew and developed talents and abilities that I would never have otherwise achieved. Today I serve in three positions in the church. I am the leader over all children in our local area between the ages of 18 months and eleven years (Primary). I am responsible for assisting other leaders and teachers in bringing those children to Christ. In addition to Sunday worship and teaching, this includes leadership in the scouting program for boys from age 8 through 11, a terrific learning experience! A second position that my husband and I serve in together is that of Temple Cleaning Coordinators. We are responsible for gathering 20 to 30 temple worthy individuals to go to the Snowflake, Arizona Temple and clean it from top to bottom about every six weeks. It is a wonderful privilege to clean the house of the Lord. The third opportunity for service is as a Visiting Teacher. In this calling, which is one I cherish, I visit three ladies in our congregation whom I have grown to love and appreciate. It is my responsibility to be their friend and to be aware of their needs and help fill those needs if possible. All adult female members of the church have the opportunity to be Visiting Teachers. This is such a choice opportunity to get to know and love members of our congregation. I also serve on our local Behavioral Health board, as a member of our local Fine Arts Association and have been a Court Appointed Special Advocate and Little League coach.