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Hi I'm Connie

I'm a wife, a mother, a grandmother and a junior high school principal. I'm an adult convert and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Education has always been important to me. I have a Bachelor's degree in Math and a Masters' degree in Early Childhood Education. I'm a Reading Specialist and a certified school administrator. I am passionate about helping others learn how to learn and use that ability to open doors to whatever future they choose. I also believe that education promotes understanding among people--families, communities, and nations. Right now I lead a junior high school of 600 eleven through fourteen year olds. I sorrow for so many of the situtations they face: parents and family members on drugs or self-involved and emotionally unavailable; the meanness, sexual promiscuity, sensationalism and selfishness promoted by the media. I try in everything I do and say to encourage service, wholesome activities and healthy relationships to help my students see another way. I love the energy, vitality and enthusiasm of young people! My husband and I are in our second marriages. We have such happiness together! Although we have very different backgrounds and personalities we blend together perfectly because each of us wants more for the other than for ourselves. We are a team and together we win in ways that we never could separately. We have five daughters and ten grandchildren. There is no greater joy than when we are gathered together. We learn so much from one another and all help each other. It truly is heaven on earth.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I love my Father in Heaven and His Son, my Savior, Jesus Christ. I was raised as a traditional Catholic. However, from the beginning, I knew Jesus and God as separate people, albeit part of a trinity that included the Holy Ghost. It never occurred to me that they could just be bodiless spirits or somehow inseparable. I always saw them as individuals united in purpose. I wanted to know more about the gospel and the church. I asked my grandmother for a Bible, the only one in my home. I went to Catechism classes. I went to daily mass and even joined the priests and nuns of my parish in their daily devotions. I read everything I could get my hands on but I felt frustrated because there just wasn't enough to explain what we believed and why. I knew the Savior was born of a virgin and came to earth to live as a man, to die for us and free us from our sins. I knew the history of the early church. But there was a disconnect between that organization and the Catholic church of today. When friends introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I read the Doctrine and Covenants, I read the works of General Authorities, I read the Book of Mormon and the Pearl of Great Price. I read more of the Bible. Everything made sense. Finally I knew what happened. The early church was destroyed by the death of the apostles and subsequent apostasy and dark ages. There had to be a restoration. And there was! My first time in a Mormon church, I felt the overwhelming influence of the Spirit. I cried everytime I stepped into the church for almost three years. I was home. I knew who I was, why I was here and what my mission on earth was. I LOVE the gospel of Jesus Christ. It has brought me peace and joy. I cannot wait to be reunited with my Heavenly Father and Mother. I cannot comprehend the strength of character that allowed the Savior to accomplish the atonement. But my gratitude and love for Him is endless.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying to be kind and helpful to everyone. At work, I help students by being their advocate--to get them the classes, support and motivation they need to be successful. I listen to their concerns and act on them as best I can. I want them to know there is always someone they can go to. I help teachers by recognizing their strengths, working with them to lessen their weaknesses and getting them the resources they need and want for their classooms. I help parents by providing a safe, welcoming atmosphere for them and their children and working with their individual situations and needs. At home, I put my husband first. I respect his decisions and the direction he sets for our family. I find new ways to tell him how much I love and adore him every day. He is my best friend and the person I want to spend all my time with. He is exactly the same with me. In our community, I hep those in need with my time, talents, or income. We just had a benefit for one of my students who has been very sick. I donated sausage for a community wide pancake breakfast and gave the family a monetary donation. I don't always have a lot of time to spare because of my job, but I help in whatever ways that I can. We go to church every Sunday. One of our daughters and her five children live near us, so we sit together and enjoy each other's company. I always get to take the grandkids home--it is a special time for us! We meet for a three hour block on Sunday. I currently teach the sisters in the third hour. We study facets of the gospel and their unique application to women. I have also taught the children and adults in Sunday School for many years. I love teaching, because I get to study the gospel in depth in order to prepare. I also help clean the church, visit neighbors and other church members and try to share the gospel and it's truly good news.

What blessings can we receive through the gift of the Holy Ghost?

The Holy Chost is the Comforter. He gives you feelings and impressions that help guide your life. he testifies of the Savior and our Father in Heaven. When I feel worn by the world and pray for strength to go on, the Holy Ghost tells me that I can and often reveals ways to manage my time better. He also reminds me that there will come a time when there is no strife or unhappiness. The Holy Ghost sends a warm, burning feeling in my heart when I hear or think thoughts of the Savior. That feeling strengthens my testimony and brings me peace, joy and gratitude. I know that I must live a clean, prayerful, and purposeful life to keep the influence of the Holy Ghost. It is the greatest gift, sent from a loving Heavenly Father who knew how much we would need it. Show more Show less