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Hi I'm Winona

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife. I am a mother and a step-mother. I work full-time as a Product Manager. I love exploring the outdoors with my husband at State and National parks or just finding new bike and walking paths aroung our neighborhood. We love to get out hiking, canoeing, bicycling, cross country skiing, ice skating, or just going for a walk. Whenever we are out in nature, we feel such a peace and sense of wonder at God's wonderful creations. We also enjoy going to historical sites and museums and learning about people of the past and how they lived.

Why I am a Mormon

It just makes sense to me. I can't imagine living every day and not knowing that I am a literal daughter of my Heavenly Father. To understand that, and being a parent myself, helps me to understand his love for us. It helps me to know why we must go through trials, just as our own children must go through trials as they grow. That doesn't mean we don't love them and aren't there for them. Just that we understand how important it is for them to have these experiences and learn from them. It also testifies to me of how He will bless us when we are obedient. Similar to the way we want to reward our children for obedience. This is a Gospel of love, service, and learning. Since I love to learn new things and want to understand things for myself, it is nice to know that God wants us to know him and to understand him and his plan for us. There is no mystery. As we study the scripture and pray, we can some to know for ourselves so many things about our Heavenly Father and our Savior Jesus Christ. We can understand the critical role of Christ in our life and how we can emmulate him to try to become more like him. As we do this, our life takes on meaning as we serve others.

How I live my faith

I have found that the best way to get to know others and develop a warm, loving relationship is by serving them. We love to bring food from our garden to our neighors and enjoy a chat with them. We like to have friends and neighbors over for dinner and game night. I teach the 8 -10 year old girls on Sunday and always enjoy seeing them and the interactive lessons. As I have taught children through the years, I really come to love them. Not having a daughter of my own, it has been extrememly rewarding for me to be able to form relationships with these wonderful girls. I have also been able to participate in community service opportunities through my employer. I am so grateful to work for an employer that encourages their employees to contribute time and financial resources to the community and will donate funds to the different organizations that their employees are volunteering at and contributing to.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

One of the things I have always liked about the church, is that women have always been treated as equal partners with men. We are taught, that we are daughters of God. As such, we should be virtuous and kind. Boys and men are taught to respect girls and women. Mormon women are all different depending on their circumstances. Some go to work every day. Others are mostly working in the home. Women are encouraged to get an education and to continue to learn and develop talents throughout their lives. We have opportunities to serve in the church and in leadership roles, just like the men do. Husbands and wives are taught to work together and share in responsibilities in their home. It is my belief, that men are naturally better at certain things and women at others. As we come together, we make a whole and can each develop new strengths. Show more Show less