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Hi I'm Pam

I love animals. I enjoy photography, reading, computers, and thrift stores. I am a liberal and an environmentalist. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love animals and have an especial affinity for the little desert ground squirrels. One of my favorite quotes is from Joseph Smith, the first prophet of the LDS church. “Kindness to the whole animal creation and especially to all domestic animals is not only a virtue that should be developed but is the absolute duty of mankind. Nature in all forms is our Heavenly Father’s great book of life.” We live on five desert acres that my husband calls the Bunny Farm. I scatter sunflower seeds and rabbit pellets, then watch nature’s show from my nice picture windows as I work on the computer or in the kitchen. The little guys sure know where to find free food, so there is always something cute happening in my big yard. I’m an amateur rodent photographer with an extensive collection of squirrel and bunny pictures. A section of my business web site (MzPrint.com) promotes empathy and animal rights - squirrelsRpeople2. I have a journalism degree and spent several years working for small-town newspapers in four different states. Now I do some work from home: designing ads and web sites and writing press releases for some local businesses. I also work part-time at a family-owned restaurant in town: managing promotions, payroll and inventory, and working as hostess and cashier during rush hours.

Why I am a Mormon

The gospel gives me purpose and direction and keeps me sane. It is the way to happiness, in this life and eternity. I was raised in the church, but a chronic case of stubbornness took me very far astray for many years. Those were empty, miserable years. I moved around a lot trying to outrun myself, and nearly succeeded in drinking myself to death several times. Even when I had given up on myself, Heavenly Father believed in me and waited, with infinite patience, with arms of mercy extended. It is so sweet to be back. God doesn’t hold a grudge. He will be merciful to the unrighteousness and remember no more our sins and their iniquities. (Hebrews 8:12) He sent Jesus Christ to pay for our sins. Our third Article of Faith states: “We believe that through the Atonement of Christ, all mankind may be saved, by obedience to the laws and ordinances of the Gospel.” All mankind includes me, and I’m grateful for second chances to get it right. Jesus paid for our sins. He also took on our pains and sorrows so we might be made whole. Our Lord heals the broken in heart and binds up their wounds. (Psalms 147:3) Jesus reaches out to the lost and damaged spirits. He will make all things right. Alma 7:11 And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and this that the word might be fulfilled which saith he will take upon him the pains and the sickness of his people. 12 And he will take upon him death, the he may loose the bands of death which bind his people; and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities.

How I live my faith

My beliefs and the covenants I’ve made affect my behavior and everything I do. I hope it shows through in my actions and in how I treat other people. Although my husband of twelve years is not a member of our church, he likes the ways I’ve changed since I started living the Gospel and he supports me in my church work. My church callings let me use and develop my creativity. I produce our program for church services every week: speakers and music for the meeting, ward announcements, and a spiritual message. I also maintain the ward website: posting announcements and keeping the calendar up to date. To me, these duties are easier than teaching a class or being responsible for a group of kids. Morning scripture study (outside, while the little animals come for breakfast) gets my days off to a good start. It is important to connect with Heavenly Father, to know that he watches over me and will guide my day – if I pay attention to the promptings. I also need a daily nudge toward charity – a reminder that Heavenly Father loves all of his children and He wants us to be good to each other, to love and to serve. I try to reach out to sisters who are alone or troubled, remembering all the blessings Heavenly Father has freely given me.