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Hi I'm Helen

I was born in Nebraska. I am a wife, the mother of 4, the grandmother of 12, a Registered Nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I think I was born to be a nurse. That is what I always wanted to do. I have worked in various forms of maternal/ child nursing for my entire career. It is fun to see people in stores and other places that still remember me and introduce me to the babies (some now parents themselves) that I have helped deliver. The other thing I always wanted to do was be a mom. I have 4 wonderful children, now scattered across the United States. They and their spouses have blessed our family with 12 grandchildren. My husband and I love to travel and to see the sights across the country. I get teased by my family because I always have a camera nearby. I catch photos of my family, but I also love to capture the beauty of the world around me. I have photos of mountains, raging rivers, wonderful wildlife and fagile butterflys. I have framed some of my favorite pictures for my home. I also love reading, counted cross-stitch, making greeting cards and cooking.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a family that always participated in church. I can remember going to church when I was as young as 2 or 3. I learned the Bible stories but always had questions that the teachers and ministers could not answer. As a teenager, I began spending time with a group of friends that seemed to be able to have fun without some of the behaviors that I didn't feel good about, like smoking and drinking alcohol. I found that these teens could easily answer some of the questions that had bothered me for so long. One of them gave me a copy of the "Book for Mormon" to read. I found even more answers that seemed so clear and so simple. The book supported the Bible teachings, but made them easier to understand. I was only 15 and my parents would not allow me to be baptized, so I attended church with my family in the morning and with my friends in the afternoon as I waited. I was baptized at the age of 19 by the young man that was later to become my husband. My faith has given me strength and peace through my life. Knowing that I am a daughter of a God who loves me and sent His son, my elder brother, Jesus Christ to make the perfect sacrifice for me has been the most important truth in my life. In the most challenging times, such as the birth of my first grandson at 29 weeks gestation or the death of that grandson's father,our son-in-law, at only 39 years of age, I have known that everything is as it should be and I can carry on and support my family in faith. I am a Mormon because though the teachings of the gospel I can understand the universe and my place in that universe. I am grateful everyday for the friends that brought the gospel into my life so that I know who I am and what God expects of me.

How I live my faith

I hope that I live my faith in everything that I do. As a labor and delivery nurse, I have had the opportunity to be with families on the best and worst days of their lives. I was a member of the community's first Grief Support Team for parents facing the death or serious illness of their babies. I have been told that I have a peaceful, gentle manner that brings comfort and calm to others. I believe that is a gift that I have been given by God to share with those around me. As a member my church I have had opportunities to develop a variety of talents. I have taught classes to all age groups, been a leader in the Primary organization that serves the children, and have learned to lead music in various meetings. I have also served people in prisions, worked with refugees new to the United States and, most recently, worked with non-profit organizations in our community to find volunteer opportunities for our members.