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Hi I'm Rhonda Paulson

I live in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I'm a mother, I'm a grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in the country; in the midst of mountains, pine trees and wildlife. My husband and I enjoy being active. We have always worked hard and played hard. We work on projects together and take care of our home & garden. We ride motorcycles, camp, hunt, fish, ski and eat ice cream together. And if we can do these things with our children and grandchildren, that makes it even better. Our family is our life. Most importantly, we pray together every day, support each other and put our Heavenly Father first in our lives.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was blessed to be born into a Mormon family. But, like everyone else I had to be converted at a point in time. My family wasn't very active in the church as I was growing up so I didn't learn the things I wish I had. After I turned 18, I bought my own car and was able to drive myself to church and activities. I gained an appreciation for what was right in front of me all along. At that time, I wanted to know if the Book of Mormon was really scripture and if Joseph Smith was truly a prophet who translated it. I sincerely prayed and the Holy Ghost confirmed to me the truth of those things. The feeling I felt, from the top of my head down to my toes was physical. It was something I'd never felt before; a good feeling that was so distinct that I could never deny that my prayer was definitely answered in the affirmative. I was grateful to have a sure knowledge of those two things and to know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who does answer our prayers. Since that time, I've learned the importance of service, dedication, committment, knowledge of the scriptures, charity and many other things that come little by little as you grow spiritually. Because I know that the Bible and the Book of Mormon are scripture, I trust the guidance in them. They clarify each other and make sense of life. I rely on that guidance every day of my life and I'm especially grateful for the added enlightenment of additional scripture.

How I live my faith

When He lived upon the earth, Jesus went about doing good at all times. He was honest to all and obedient to His Father in Heaven. He showed kindness each day to all he met. He was perfect. We are not, but we had a great example to follow and to pattern our lives after. I try to follow His example and be obedient to the Commandments and to the council of our prophets old and new. I'm certainly not perfect and I'm so grateful for Jesus Christ's atonement that makes it possible for us to repent, change our lives and move forward. It scares me to think of where my life would be if it weren't for the teachings of the Church and the gospel. I love the blueprint that the scriptures, both the Bible and the Book of Mormon, give us for the way we are to live our lives in order to find real joy here on earth, and eventually eternal joy in living again with our Heavenly Father and those we love. When you are a contributing member of your church, you feel that you are more a part of the family. I have a calling that I enjoy very much. I've had callings where I wondered how I could ever do what would be expected of me, but then after being given a blessing for each calling, it's amazing to feel the Lord's spirit working through you, giving you inspiration and guidance. I have learned so much in these callings over the years. When I put my faith in Heavenly Father to give me the confidence and skill that I need to do His work, I know that I benefit much more than anyone else.