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Hi I'm Vanessa

My name is Vanessa and I grew up in Indiana. I've worked as a nurse for the U.S. Military & have traveled the world. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have been married to a wonderful man for the last 34 years. We met in Germany in 1977 when I took a break from College. We were married 2 months after we met. I have 2 son and 10 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. I like to paint and read and sew. I have traveled to Europe with the Army for a lot of my adult life. I love our Military Service Personnel and have worked with them and there families as a nurse for almost 30 years and I am a Mormon.

Why I am a Mormon

As a mother of two and trying to raise them on my own, I looked at myself and felt that I was missing something in our lives. My youngest son starting going to Primary (that is what our sunday school is called) when he was 4 years old and said to me " mommie come go to Church with me." A friend of mine was taking him. As I had been looking at another church I thought that he ment that one. On the Sunday that we went to this Church, he said to me "wrong church mommie". So I contacted The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and began to take the lesson that they taught. As I began to grow in the Gosple of the Lord my friends began to say to me "you've changed" but I didn't see it for awhile. I began making choices that not only effected me but my children and began to see them changing. The way they treated their friends and how they played with each other. There was more laughter and less tears in our home. As I look back over the years, I am so glad that the Gospel of Jesus Christ came into my life. I'm not saying that there hasn't been challenges in my life. I'm just saying that it is so much easier when you know that Heavenly Father is there to help you through these times.

How I live my faith

At this time I am working with our Military Service members and their families. These young people and not so young have moved from one state to another to across the ocean. They are in great need of just a smile and a kind word or a helping hand. As I remember and practice my faith, it is so easy to just reach out and give them that unexpected smile and help get them settled into their new duty station. To help the children color a picture or play a game or give them a sticker. It doesn't matter how old or how young these children are, they reach out and touch your heart. Sometimes there are wives who do not speak english and have such a lost look on the there faces but a smile and a soft touch of your hand goes a long way to give them comfort. I try to listen to that still small voice and how I can help my fellowman. I try everyday to touch someone with smile or a the touch of a hand. To help quiet a crying child or help a young mother with her children. I just feel that if we don't help each other who is going too.