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Hi I'm Geneva

I built my own house, worked for Weyerhaeuser, have 17 grandchildren and now at age 70 I am going back to school. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a very poor family of 13 children. We didn't have many material things, but the one thing we did have was the gospel of Jesus Christ in our home. It has been my anchor throughout my life. I have been priviledged to marry my sweetheart Jim and next year we will have been married 50 years. We have raised 6 wonderful children and now have 17 grandchildren and 4 great grandchildren. My husband was in the Air Force for 32 years and we lived and traveled all over. I especially loved living in Germany and Key West, Florida. I was the general contractor for building the house we now live in, which looks out over American Lake in Lakewood WA. At age 50 I decided to get a job to help support the kids in college and Weyerhaeuser Company hired me. I worked for them for 14 years and after I retired, my husband and I served a mission for our church in Athens Greece. When we returned home, we were asked to serve in the temple presidency of the Seattle Washington Temple. We did that for 3 years, 5 days a week traveling up the freeway to serve 10 to 12 hour days. We are now totally retired and spend our time visiting grandchildren and working in our garden. I like to quilt and do all kids of handwork. I love a good "who dunnit" book or an espionage thriller. Now that I have a little more free time, at age 70 I am finally going back to college. I just hope the old brain holds out and I can complete this goal.

Why I am a Mormon

There are two main reasons why I'm a Mormon. One, of course, is because my parents and grandparents were Mormons and that is what I was born into. Even so, I have always had a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ. Even as a small child, I knew the Church was true. As I got older, and could study and learn on my own, it was only reinforced. There is absolutely no way that Joseph Smith could have written the Book of Mormon on his own. That is the second reason I'm a Mormon. The Book of Mormon is a true book and is the history of people on the American continent from 600BC to AD400. Joseph Smith was not a learned man. He was not highly educated. Yet, at his young age, and in around 89 days he was able to translate from ancient gold plates, this amazing record. I heard a talk from Dr. Jonathan Shinary, a Jewish Rabbi, who worked on the translation of the Book of Mormon into Hebrew. He said he had translated many many things in his life, but he had never translated anything that fit so perfectly from the English back into Hebrew. How would Joseph Smith know clear back in the 1820's that the Hebrew way would be to say "River of water" instead of just a "river". Things like that just reaffirmed to me that this is a true book. Then, of course, there is the feeling of the spirit that one gets that confirms the truth of something. Have you ever had that feeling that you just knew something was right. The Spirit of the Holy Ghost has manifested that to me in so many ways. I was just about 8 or 9 years old when I had an experience that has helped me be firm and steadfast in my faith. I had a terrible toothache. We were poor and couldn't go to a dentist. My father laid his hands on my head and gave me a blessing. I'd been suffering for several days and was at my wits end. In the middle of that prayer, the pain stopped. Totally stopped. I knew then it was through the power of God that I was blessed. This strong faith still guides me today.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day in some fashion or another. I am responsible for assigning the compassionate service in our Ward at the present time. This entails organizing food for after funerals, food for when people are sick or return home from the hospital, have a new baby, or they may be ill and just need a helping hand. My husband and I also work as Group Leaders for a 12 Step Addiction Recovery program. I have 4 women that I visit each month to give them an uplifting message and to see how they are doing and if they have any needs. Everyone in our church congretations get these monthly visits and it is one way that we can make sure they are ok. My husband and I served a mission for 18 months in Athens Greece and supported the small Branch of the church in that country. We paid all our own expenses and it was one of the most rewarding experiences we have ever had. I've been involved in a program called Gateways for Youth and Families in Tacoma, serving on the Board and also as Board Chairman for several years. It was rewarding for me to share my experience of working with youth in our church with a program that was helping troubled youth in our community.