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Hi I'm Nance

In 1983 I joined the LDS church. I married in the Mesa, AZ Temple in 1988. I am a mother of 11 children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert who loves the gospel. I was drawn to the LDS church as all the questions I had all through my life were answered once I studied the Book of Mormon and the Bible side by side. No other church I had attended could do that for me. I was raised in the Congrenational Church and was a Job's Daughter. My father was a Southern Baptist. My grandmother was a Catholic. I attended the Methodist and Luthern churches. My husband has been a member all his life so he does not have the same sense of searching for the faith as I have. His testimony is strong but he has never wondered as I have. When I joined the church my father said he would never talk to me again. In just a short period of time he was not only talking to me but was proud of my decision and how the church complimented me as a person. It made me whole. My husband and I have 2 birth children but at the age of 23 I developed cancer and could not have any more children. We decided to adopt and have adopted 9 children some of which are special needs children. Some of our children are from different races. We love all the differences in each child. I work with the families and children in the foster care system. In my spare time I am a Confidential Intermediary who helps birth children find birth families and visa versa. We have 10 grandchildren and can't wait for more to come.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised as a child in a different faith but alway Christian I always questioned why things were said but never be fulling explained. As an adult I went from church to church seeking the answers to my questions always knowing they would be answered some day by someone who I knew would know for certain the truth. I did not know how I knew if it was the truth but each time I prayed I received confirmation that it would come - the true word of God. After moving from Nebraska to Arizona I worked with a woman about my same age and she told me she was Mormon and asked if I knew about Mormons. I told her no, I had never heard of that religion before. She asked if I wanted to know more and as soon as she asked I knew I needed to know more about the Mormon faith. I attended the women's evening meeting once a month and wanted more. I started going to church on Sunday and had many more questions. The missionaries taught me one lesson and after they left I prayed about what they said. I knew for positive I was hearing His words. I never questioned again as all my questions were answered before I even knew to ask them. I had found the true church of Jesus Christ. I am now at peace. My husband and I married in the Temple and are sealed for time and all eternity just as our children are to us. What a peace I have knowing we will be a family forever.

How I live my faith

I am in the youth organization and I love teaching the young women. I am an advisor to the 14 to 15 year old girls and they are so fun. It is good to be around young people who just want to do what is right and have fun. I have also served in the Primary with the younger children, taught Sunday School to the 15 year olds and taught in the women's organization of the Relief Society. From all of these experiences I have grown in faith and my testimony is just reaffirmed. Once a month another lady from our church goes with me as we visit and give a lesson to three other ladies in our area. It is wonderful to hear about their families and get to know our neighbors. It is nice to know we can always help when help is needed. It brings our neighborhood closer together. About once every few months our entire family goes to the church house and cleans the building. I know by my children working as a family and giving service to others to provide a clean building helps them to be proud of their surroundings. We have also as a family worked along side other church members to assist members in our neighborhood with yard work and other tasks like moving. It is so good to feel we have helped others in some way and working side by side with your sons and daughters teaches them what it takes to be a good neighbor and friend. Every Monday night our whole family gets together and have a lesson about Father, sing songs, play games and just enjoy being with other. With a large family we need to know each other are there for the family. Every Saturday all our children and their spouses and children meet at a restrauant to have dinner together. We have special vacation times together which are so endearing. What a sweet times we share. I love being a Mormon and I know Heavenly Father loves me and my family. I know of His plan and how it works. I am a convert to the Gospel, a wife to my sweetheart, a mother of 11, a grandmother of 10 and I am a Mormon.