What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Pam

I'm a wife,mother,grandmother and great grandmother. I write and garden. I do yoga, sing off key and love to cook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was growing up I was not exposed very much to organized religion; however, I loved reading the bible. My parents were divorced when I was 13, and first my sister and I lived with an older sister, then moved across the country to live with our father. I was insecure as a child, but did very well in school, and earned several awards in academics. When I graduated at 17, I moved back to the opposite side of the country with my father and step-mother. They settled in a small rural town. I went to college for 5 whole days, and dropped out, losing therefore, a full scholarship. I traveled back and forth between my father's home, and my older sister's home. I was looking for something that I just couldn't seem to find. Later on, I married and had a daughter, was divorced from an abusive husband, and later still remarried to my husband of 30+ years. We have been sealed in the House of the Lord. When I am not being a wife, mom, grandma and greatgrandma, I love writing, reading, and learning. We grow a huge garden each year so we can share produce with friends and with the local food bank. I take care of my 93 year old mother. My family is the greatest joy and blessing I have in my life, and I love spending time with them.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 19, I was traveling around the Pacific Northwest of the United States, feeling hungry for something that seemed to elude me. One night I was locked out of my sister's home, because I'd spent the whole night, until 4 a.m., talking about Christianity with her neighbor. She didn't have the answers I was looking for. I traveled by bus home to my father's. I was surprised to hear he and my step-mom had joined a church. He had been in the past a practicing Rosicrucian. They invited me to attend a house party at the home of another church family, so I went. I walked in the door, and was overcome by the warmth and power of the spirit that I felt. I was moved to tears, and couldn't explain what it was, or why I was crying. The love that was in that home was wonderful. I began to have discussions with the missionaries, and shortly after, was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At the time, there was a lot I didn't know or understand, but I knew the way I felt, and I knew when I prayed to know if this was the right thing for me, that I received an answer through the Spirit. I knew without a doubt that here was what i had been looking for, for so long. That was over thirty years ago. I continue to study and grow, and though there is still much I don't know, I know that Jesus Christ is at the head of this church, and that a living prophet guides us as Christ directs. I know that because of Christ's atonement and mediation, I can be forgiven for my sins and imperfections, and comforted in my sorrows. Having the gospel of Christ in my life has made all the difference.

How I live my faith

In my daily life, I try to always begin my days with prayer, and scripture study. Throughout the day I often think about my Savior, and singing hymns often helps me through the day. I like walking around the neighborhood and visiting with our good neighbors. We grow a huge garden and I like to take vegetables and fruits from our trees to them. I've often been a volunteer at the local schools, helping in my grandchildren's classes with things like Lego club or reading. I love the sisterhood I have in the church, and try to foster relationships with other women through the visiting teaching program, when another sister and myself visit several others in their homes each month. We watch out for each other, help each other when there is need, and offer comfort and encouragement. I also teach the five and six year old children. Rather, I attend class with them on Sunday, and they teach me. They are the most wonderful people in the world, and their examples of love and caring bring me closer to God. I love them as much as I love my own family. Twice a month, my husband and I also serve in the nearby temple. This is a holy place, and where I feel as close to heaven as I ever have. There, we learn eternal principles as we work to unite families together in bonds that can last forever. At the end of the day in our home, we kneel together and have prayer together as a family. We express gratitude for Heavenly Father's blessings in our lives, and if we have specific concerns, we address them - for example, praying for a family member who is ill. Before laying down to sleep, I also have another private conversation with my Heavenly Father. The gospel is integral in my life; it guides me in all I do. Though I have many faults, and often fall short of where I think I should be, I know I am a loved daughter of an eternal God. I try to live as Christ would have me live, and I know as I earnestly try to do what is right, He'll pick up the slack and help me.