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Hi I'm Wilanna

I am Mom (3girls/3boys/2 daughters in law), Grandma (5), Head Start teacher, Seminary teacher and I am a Mormon.

About Me

With 4 of my 6 children out of the house and all but 1 at least semi-independent and my husband of 31 years about to retire, I have to begin to think more about what I want to do with the rest of my life. Right now I teach head start 4/5 year-olds and am an early morning seminary teacher. I do not have any plans to retire as I just got my teacher certification. I had the privilege and honor of being a stay at home Mom until my youngest entered Pre-K. I do not expect that empty-nest syndrome will be much of a problem as I plan to stay too busy and too connected to my family to have time for that. I am thinking of several avenues of which I may take several or even all. I would like to preserve my maternal heritage by registering my home as a historical site and having it restored and renovated. It was a trading post, stage coach stop and post office opened by my maternal Great-Grandfather in 1906. I would like to serve a mission with my husband some day. I may pursue a masters degree in counseling; but with 4 children now in college and two wanting to go soon, my turn can wait. I am very blessed with very little drama in my life. I have chosen to follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit and follow the counsel of my parents and other leaders in my life and it has been a protection for me and for my family. Challenges happen to us all and I have not had too few to give me opportunities for growth. I am blessed and feel obligated to share my blessings in some way.

Why I am a Mormon

I became a "Mormon" when I was but 14 years young. My sister, during her husbands Navy transfer, stayed with us for a period of 3 months awaiting housing in Iceland after having received the Gospel from some missionaries who tracted them out in Florida. She shared what she had learned with our family and told us we would not be able to believe it without fervent prayer to receive a personal witness that it was true. I put it to the test and prayed and have had the fullness of the Gospel to bless my life ever since. I am so very grateful for that witness from the Holy Ghost. The choices I made then and continue to make and the trials I have endured and continue to endure have all been made easier by that witness. I cannot go against it, I do not dare deny it. Though many times I have questioned and I have not always made the right choices, I have always returned to feel that comfort and security that living the Gospel brings. I know it is true, good, and right and that strength comes from obedience and that peace comes through repentance and a continued effort to be more completely obedient to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I have to be ready for work by 5:45 each day because I have 10 high school students that come to my living room at 6 AM each school day morning to share the Gospel and their Light with me. Being a Seminary teacher is difficult, but so very rewarding. These are choice young people who choose to walk a higher walk than many of their peers. It gives me security to know that the world is in the hands of such gifted and talented and spiritual youth. It is a great way to start each day and helps me to focus on my own personal scripture study. My husband and I choose to participate in as many church activities as we are able because these experiences give us the strength to endure the trials and hardships that come with every day living. Opportunities to serve are opportunities for blessings, for growth, for strength, for appreciation for what we have.