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Hi I'm Connie.

I grew up an only child in the suburbs of Detroit, Michigan. I am a retired elementary school teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I always loved children and became an elementary school teacher. After 34 years, I retired and moved to the East Coast with my husband. I shared my love of quilting and gardening with new friends there. It was wonderful to be near the ocean. Something I miss here in Colorado. I play golf on a ladies league. I'm not that great but have fun with other players and enjoy being outdoors. I love college football, especially the Michigan Wolverines. My husband and are also big Red Wings and Tiger fans. We enjoy watching hockey, baseball and football in person or on tv. Most of our family members still live in Michigan so we visit ther at least once a year. We just became grandparents for the first time in August. We each have a child from a previous marriage. My other great passion is genealogy. I've been doing it on and off for the last 38 years. But it wasn't until I was retired, that a dear friend got me back on the quest. Now I'm determined to find my relatives and those of my husbands family too. It's like a giant puzzle that has many pieces still missing.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Catholic faith and attended Catholic grade school. I then went to a public high school and university. There were several points of doctrine that I disagreed with and discontinued my attendance while in college. A few years later, after getting married and having a child I was introduced to the Latter-Day Saints religion. At first, I wasn't interested in learning about this strange faith. When I heard about the Plan of Salvation and babies who were not baptized going to heaven, I wanted to learn more. I knew after hearing about eternal families, and that Christ and Heavenly Father loved us, that this church had the truth. I was baptized almost 40 years ago. I have remained active ever since. Even though we've moved many times, I found the church was the same in whatever ward or branch(types of congregations) we lived in. I have never regretted my choice to become a member of this church. I have been able to feel God's influence and guidance in my life. I know that we are not perfect but through His help we can become better. I know we will all be tried and tested in this life. We will feel lonely, hurt and suffer many disappointments but with the comfort of God through the Holy Ghost, we can endure and learn from these situations. I am so thankful to the teenager who worked for us at a pizzaria long ago, who intoduced us to this church.

How I live my faith

I have been blessed to do many things in the church over the years. I've taught the children, teenagers and adults. I have also been in a leadership position with the children, youth and women. My favorite has been in teaching others how to do genealogy. In conjunction with that, I've worked in the Family History Center . As a librarian and family history consultant, I've felt the joy of helping others to find information about their loved ones. Through my diferent activiites in the church I've learned to overcome my shyness, delegate and work with others. I've developed leadership skills, that I never would have believed possible. These opportunities have helped me to become a more confident and well rounded person.