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Hi I'm Colleen

I am a wife and a mother. I am a daughter, a sister, and a friend. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a close family with great friends. The relationships I have are very important to me and I care deeply for the well-being of those around me. I always have. I guess you can say I'm tender-hearted. I received a bachelor's degree in sociology, with a minor in linguistics. Then I was able to continue my schooling to receive a master's degree in education to be a school counselor. My husband and I chose for me not to work now, though, to focus on the needs and happiness of our four young children. I really enjoy being a wife and a mother.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up going to church every Sunday with my family. It is just what we did... every week. But through the lessons I learned at church, as well as within my home, I have come to understand the very purpose of life. My understanding of the reasons for my very existence in this big world is sure. That I have come to know for certain that there is a Father in Heaven who loves me, shapes and directs me in my daily living. Two key words that stick out to me when I think about why I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are: UNDERSTANDING and DIRECTION. Within the true gospel of Jesus Christ, we have the words of Christ at our fingertips in written scripture. We have within earshot, the words of living prophets and apostles who speak for our time. I know that God has a plan for our happiness, even when life is very, very hard. This understanding gives me direction on how to deal with my problems and also how to treat others all along the way. Over the years, as I have watched others join The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have been filled with tremendous joy. And it's a funny thing... because I surely receive no temporal gain when others join the Church, but seeing them gain understanding and direction for their personal lives brings such tender feelings to my heart; feelings of peace that can only come from God.

How I live my faith

I think living one's faith, must begin from within our own hearts. So every day I pray and I turn my time over to God as I strive keep Him in the center of what I do. Then I extend that foundation on to my family. The family I grew up in prayed together and ate meals together and talked together. A lot! Now, my husband and I try to do those same things with our children. We try to keep the Savior, Jesus Christ, and all HIs teachings at the center of our home. This means that we try to speak kindly to each other, help each other, read and pray together to keep good thoughts and actions surrounding us. We try to keep the crazy things of the world out of our home. We then, again, try to share this with the people around us... just in little ways. We are kind to people we see in the grocery story, friendly to people at the park, helpful to people who need help. Truly, I think one of my very greatest joys in life is in my relationships with others. It's all about how we treat each other... because we are truly brothers and sisters of a glorious Father who knows and cares for each one of us.