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Hi I'm Nancy

I'm a wife and mother. I work full-time. I'm hearing impaired. I can't make jello to save my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of 3 girls in my family. I was born hearing impaired and have worn hearing aids since I was 4 years old. I was "mainstreamed" into regular public schools before mainstreaming was a word. Wearing hearing aids automatically set me apart from others and I had my challenges growing up. Despite the hearing loss, I attended public schools and obtained a B.A. college degree. I met my future husband on a blind date on New Years Eve. He was not a Mormon. After dating for a year, he was baptized and we dated another four years before we were married in the Los Angeles Temple. We've been married for 22 wonderful years. We have two very active teenagers and I currently work full-time as an Executive Assistant. In my "spare time" I enjoy playing the piano, reading teenage novels, and developing my artistic talents (drawing, painting, crocheting). I [finally] figured out exercise in the last year and a half and now enjoy jogging, working out at the gym, and hiking. I also recently discovered that I like biking and look forward to doing more of it after the winter. AND I participated in my first 10K running/jogging race this year!

Why I am a Mormon

When my parents were considering beginning their family, they knew that they wanted religion to be a part of their family experience. My father had been baptized into the Church as a child and, although while growing up he did not participate in the Church much, my parents decided to look into the Church to see if it was right for them and what they wanted for their family. Through the friendships they made with Church members and the feelings they had as they learned about the gospel and the Church, they determined this is what they wanted in their lives. My mother was later baptized and my 2 older sisters and I were sealed to my parents for eternity in the temple. The Church has been a huge part of my life and who I am. Through the various programs of the Church, my testimony has grown as I came to understand who I am, why I'm here, where I'm going, and my purpose here on earth. My life wasn't always rosy or easy. I had my faith and commitment challenged over and over again. There were many opportunities for me to say, "Life is hard. Being Mormon is hard. I don't like being different from others. I don't want it to keep being hard so I'll just quit." But I couldn't quit... I learned that lesson early in my life growing up hearing impaired. It was hard being different from the other kids - but I couldn't change the fact that I was hearing impaired and so I learned to accept and even embrace it. Being Mormon, for me, is the same. Sure it has its challenges - it requires so much of ourselves, our time. Being Mormon and living the standards makes me different - from my co-workers, from most of my friends, even some of my family members. Yet because of my testimony that God is my literal Father in Heaven, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer, and that the gospel was restored in the latter days through Joseph Smith, I cannot change who I am any more than I could change being hearing impaired... and that's why I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

As I mentioned earlier, I am a wife and mother and I work full-time. My constant challenge is balancing these, as well as other, responsibilities and staying sane. And the only way I am able to establish and maintain balance, I know, is through my membership and participation in the Church. Because of what I know of the gospel and my purpose, I have a clearer perspective and can better prioritize the various tasks and responsibilities in my life. I have found that when I am participating in Church-related activities - i.e., attending Sunday meetings, teaching Sunday School classes, visiting with fellow sisters, doing ward or personal service projects, attending the temple, or reading and studying the scriptures - that the other parts of my life are easier to manage and helps to maintain that much needed balance in my life. I am grateful for the opportunities the Church has given me to develop talents and grow my testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Until recently, I taught the Gospel Doctrine Sunday School class for over a year and a half. I believe I received this calling because I learn so much better when I have to teach something, and I believe there was an important lesson for me to learn from the experience. When I was first called to teach Gospel Doctrine I learned we were going to be studying the Old Testament. I was very nervous at first because, truth-be-told, I had never read the whole book. It was intimidating to me and difficult to understand. But I knew that with the Lord's help I could do this. My goal as a teacher was not to be an expert, but rather to be prepared, both mentally and spiritually. Through much prayer and studying, I came to know and understand and love the Old Testament. And I learned to rely on the Spirit to teach the lessons. And now I am working with the Young Women in the ward and loving the opportunities this experience is giving me to learn and grow!