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Hi I'm Trish

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Idaho, but as an adult I have lived on both coasts of the U.S. and now I live in Central Nebraska.

About Me

I am 45 years old and my husband and I just celebrated our 24th wedding anniversary. I was a Navy wife for 18 years and our family has lived on both coasts. When my husband retired from the Navy we moved our four children from Washington state to a small town in central Nebraska near where my husband grew up. It was a real change for our family! Our oldest daughter went from a high school with 1200 students - to a school with only about 200 +students- in all 12 grades. For me, it meant moving from an area of the country where many people are LDS, or know someone who is LDS, to an area where I am the only LDS person in our town. (My husband is not LDS). In Washington I worked with several other LDS people and I lived only 2 minutes from the church building I attended. I live 30 miles from the nearest LDS church building now. Living my standards and attending my church meetings takes a level of personal commitment that was not required of me when we lived in other places. I think this has been an opportunity for me to grow in my faith and my commitment to living the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in an LDS family, ancestors on my Dad's side of the family were pioneers who crossed the plains in the Mormon Migration to Salt Lake City, UT. My mother's family is newer to the gospel, my grandparents were baptized when my mom was 3 years old. I grew up in Idaho in a community with a large LDS population and then went to Ricks College (now BYU Idaho). I never questioned my faith, but I never had it tested either. I met and married my husband in 1987. He is not a member of the LDS church and was on active duty in the United States Navy. We moved across the United States and for the first time in my life I was exposed to many different people, cultures and religions. I had an opportunity at this time in my life to examine my personal beliefs and the beliefs held by other people I met. It was time for me to decide for myself if I really believed the things I had been taught as a child. I came to the conclusion that I did. I have a testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am so thankful that we have a living prophet to guide us. I feel that I (and my family) have been so blessed by following the counsel of the prophet. I am thankful that I am sealed to my parents and my brother and sisters for time and all eternity. I feel that in this crazy world I am grounded and comforted by my relationship to my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I am not a perfect person, and am trying to grow and do better. I think that realizing that we are all children of God helps me be kinder. "Love one another as I have loved you." I try to remember this as I work with "exuberant "teenagers every day at school! I love my calling to work with the young women at church. I live 30 miles from most of them but keep in touch on facebook and by texting them. We are together for gospel lessons on Sunday and get together again on Wednesday evenings for youth group. They are such examples to me of living your standards while being tested all the time. It is easy for an old mom like me to dress modestly, use clean language and live the law of chastity, but for these young women it takes courage and commitment every day to live their standards and be an example to their friends. I admire them so much for this!