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Hi I'm Collette

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Mesa, Az. I love being a mother, wife, and friends. I love to run.

About Me

I am a wife and mother. Married 11 years and have 4 children. I love throwing parties and having get togethers with friends and family. I come from a family of 8. My husband is not a member of the LDS church. He grew up Catholic. He is supportive and over the years has even begun coming to church ocasionally to help with the kids. I aslo was a surrogate mother for a friend of mine 2 1/2 years ago. Beside having my own children and being married, that is probably on of my greatest joys and gifts in my life. I am very close and great friends with the family that I was a surrogate for, especially the mother. They are not memebers of my faith. However, my whole family has taken them in as their own. We all feel like family. It has been a wonderful blessing in all of our lives. I love to run. I just started running after I had my last child 4 years ago. I have ran 3 marathons and several 1/2 marathons and alot of other races as well. I was the capatin of my first Ragnar race last year. It was so fun! My 2 sisters live 5 miles away. Every week we get together and have a sisters day. We do all kinds of fun stuff together with each other and with our kids. I love living close to them. I love being a mom and wife.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church. My parents have always been active. I grew up in a family of 8. We are a very close family. However, my parents were very strict. I strayed from the church when I was 18. I had many dark years. My parents were always worried about me. I met my husband when I was working as a cocktail waitress. We married when I was 25. Shortly after that we got pregnant with our first child. I knew that if I went back to church I would be able to reconnect with those values I had been raised with. It was a long road. I was so out of touch with my Heavenly Father. I had a wonderful ward that embraced me and my husband. Wonderful home teachers who were never pushy, but always there. Then we moved about 5 miles away. Our new ward has been so great. We have been truly blessed. There are so many members around us. My husband has had to deal with me changing alot from when we first met. But he is very supportive. I pray someday he will join the church, but if he doesn't he is still the man of my dreams and is the best husband and father. I have been taking my kids to church every week by myself for 10 years now. It is not always easy but it is so worth it to me. They are all gaining a strong testimony. We have to do things differently in our home than most all member families, but we do what is best for our family. I have a great testimony of my Savior Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith translated the book of Mormon. I know that my Heavenly Father is aware of me and my needs. I pray that I can show him how much I love him and want to return to live with him again someday.

How I live my faith

I participate in my ward by helping with the 8-11 year old girls. We have all kinds of activities from learning a new recipe, teaching how to play a sport, learning to journal, and finding ways to dress modestly and still be fashionable. It is so great also as I get to work with my oldest daughter. I also help take a report on the sisters who get visited in the ward. We have such wonderful ladies who are always so willing to serve and reach out to one another. I also love to organize and plan any kind of event that brings people together. I love to invite the whole neighborhood and have bbq's and swim parties. I also love to run and share my love of running with a lot of friends in the neighborhood. We have a lot of ladies who regularly meet up in the mornings and get a good jog in before we start our busy days. I also love planning a quick girls night where we get a bite to eat or just meet at a friends and talk and catch up for a few hours.