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Hi I'm NaDene

I'm a Mormon. I am the sixth of thirteen children. There were seven boys and six girls. I loved growing up in a large family.

About Me

I like to write. Several years ago I enrolled in a college writing class. I learned a lot. I am presently writing a book and I write poetry. My grandfather was a pioneer artist. He painted murals in some of the LDS Temples. I am not as gifted, but I paint for my own enjoyment. I have sung in quartets with my sisters and with friends. . One of the highlights of my Senior year in high school was being a part of the accapella choir. Good music really touches me. My husband and I have been married 40 years. We have 5 children (3 living) and 11 awesome grandchildren. Our grandchildren make us smile a lot! They call us "Mimi and Grandaddy." We love spending time with our family. We've lived in our home, built by my husband, for 33 years. We have an acre of land, an awesome neighborhood and super friends. We moved here when our oldest living son was four years old.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Mormon home. My parents taught me to love my family, my church, my neighbors, and most of all my Savior. My youngest sister passed away when she was just 14 months. It hurt so bad and would have been unbearable if we had not had the gospel in our lives. We knew that we are a forever family and that we would see her again. The church teachings have always been a guide in my life. I know of the power of prayer. I have had my prayers answered in so many ways. My parents were excellant examples. My dad was a prominent church leader and was gone a lot. As a result, mom had much of the responsibility with us. When she was perplexed on how to handle situations that arose in the family, she would go to a quiet, secluded spot and pray for guidance. Some parents would have gone for the belt. My mother fell to her knees. Mom and dad loved each other and we knew they loved us. We learned from the examples of our parents. We lived the gospel because we experienced the joy in our lives that came from doing so. When we were having a family we experienced heartaches and trials. We buried two precious babies shortly after birth. We had another son that was in the hospital teetering between life and death for the first three months of his life. We would have never survived the heartache without priesthood blessings, family and friends praying for us, temple attendance, fasting and prayer and the many other things that are just a part of our Mormon faith. I know this church is true because I have seen, first hand, the many blessings that have come into my life because of it. My oldest sister just passed away after suffering the atrocities of Lou Gherig's disease. She was widowed in her 40's, being left to raise their 14 children. She was sustained through her trials because of her faith in Heavenly Father's plan. Her faith helped her endure.

How I live my faith

I have the great blessing of serving in the Temple two days a week. What a special experience. It makes the whole week go better. I also serve as Compassionate Service leader. My responsibilities are to organize dinners or help for needy members, such as with illness, funeral luncheons, etc. We do service projects, such as helping people move in or out, babysitting, meals with the birth of babies, or whatever the need. We are taught that it is important to be involved with friends and neighbors. We enjoy our many neighbors that are not members of our church. We attended the funeral of a neighbor two days ago. We gathered money from other neighbors for flowers and the left over money was donated to their church. We plan at some future time to serve a mission for our church. Living our religion means being involved in civic affairs, obeying laws, voting and teaching our children to be good citizens. It also means being self sufficient so we don't depend on others to provide for our needs. I can food, we buy extra when food is on sale, and we avoid debt.