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Hi I'm Penny

I am a mother of five and retired military wife who enjoys learning about people from other cultures. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

As a retired military wife when someone asks who I am my husband's social security number immediately flashes before my eyes. Twenty eight years in the military definitely helped shape our family life. It was a positive experience for me as I learned to be adaptable, unpack quickly and look for opportunities to serve others. Being a Mormon created a smooth transition as there was always a congregation....though sometimes small that welcomed us as we traveled to new assignments around the world. Those congregations became family. Wherever we went the church was exactly the same--just in a different dialect or language. That was very comforting to me personally and as a mother of five. I love to hike and camp with my husband and spend time with my children and grandchildren. Recently I began organ lessons. I go early in the morning to a chapel nearby, open up the stops and pretend like I am accompanying the Mormon Tabernacle choir.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were converts to the Mormon faith. However I had to come to know for my self that this is the true church. It was not a singular event but rather reflections on the affect living the principles of the Mormon church had on my self and others that showed me it is true. Every doctrine taught, activity or even service to others lead to our Savior Jesus Christ. I have felt that witness over and over that this is the Lord's true church. It is the most awesome feeling. I have also read the Book of Mormon several times. It confirmed to me the testimonies given of Jesus Christ in the Bible. The most powerful witness is the sweet and tender personal direction I have received when I read the Book of Mormon-- that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My husband and I team teach the 15/16 year old Sunday School class. We have come to love those kids. Our lessons are teachings from the New Testament. The past several months we have been applying the principles Paul taught to the life of these teens. We get helps in becoming better teachers from the lesson manual itself, a church web site for Sunday School teachers and our Sunday School president. Even though I have not taught teenagers before I am becoming more confident with this support. Serving in the church has given me a broad range of experiences, personal growth and lifelong friendships. My most memorable church service required riding a speed boat across the Lagoon to another island to teach family skills to women there. In the boat we sat on spectator benches that would rise up out of the boat as we mounted each wave swell in the ocean. I always felt relieved when we made it safely to the beach.