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Hi I'm Colette

I'm a mother of five and a speculative fiction writer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Besides our five kids, we also try to keep up with two dogs and a cat. It's rarely quiet. I graduated with a B.A. in mathematics, but I'm a stay-at-home mom. I've done substitute teaching, tutoring, and continued education and the process helped me realize I don't want to pursue math-related fields. I discovered a love for writing, inspiring me to attend conventions, workshops, and finish multiple short stories and novels. I manage to fit this in between long commutes to and from my children's schools and helping in the church and community whenever possible. I studied French in school, learned Filipino serving an LDS mission, and lived in German-speaking Switzerland with my husband and three oldest children for a year and a half while he finished his post-doctorate. I can say almost anything in a mix of the three languages, though I'm no longer fluent in any of them. I enjoy the outdoors, gardening, and traveling, though my writing takes most of my extra time these days. I also enjoy being a Dr. Who fanatic, along with my kids, and even found Tardis-blue material for their Dr. Who pajamas a few years back. As SF/Fantasy fans, you can usually find us roaming around the booths at Phoenix Comicon.

Why I am a Mormon

In High School I determined I would not be a member of this church unless I knew for myself it was true. I read and studied the Book of Mormon, praying often and learning as much as I could about the beliefs of my church. I didn't receive an answer until I humbled myself, becoming willing to follow whatever course the Lord inspired me to take. Reading in the Book of Mormon one day, it became clear to me. I received a witness of the truth, but it wasn't a new witness. My testimony had been growing in me since I was a child. But it was in that moment, I finally recognized that they weren't just words and feelings. Those prophets really lived, just like you and me. The Lord let me know this is His church on the earth led by a living prophet. I've had moments of doubt and difficulty, like I believe almost everyone does, but when I go to the Lord in prayer I feel His love and I feel peace in my soul, a calm assurance, reminding me that He is there, and that the course I'm following is accepted of Him. I'm a Mormon, because I know the church's teachings and authority are true.

How I live my faith

I love the opportunities I receive as a member of this church. I've worked with children in both Sunday programs and cub scouting. I've worked with the youth, 12-17, teaching spiritual lessons, but also doing weekday activities and participating in girls camp. I've also had the opportunity to work with large groups of the women of our church, planning and carrying out large-scale activities, as well as smaller groups where I lead discussions related to our faith. The most wonderful work, and I think the most powerful, is the program that has every woman assigned in a group to visit other LDS members of their community and anyone else in the neighborhood who would like to participate. This connection creates a tight-knit community able to help others, from needing a babysitter on a weekend to needing meals brought in, children cared for, and housework done during debilitating illness. Extending this to non-LDS members of our community has been one of my greatest joys.