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Hi I'm Nila

I am a wife, mother, grandmother, retired school teacher, CASA volunteer, friend, quilter, reader, and musician. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in California, the oldest of 4 red-headed sisters. I have always loved music, participating in bands and orchestras as a flutist throughout my elementary, intermediate, and college years. I graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Elementary Education, and later earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder. I married my handsome husband Russell, raised my 5 children, and taught 4th and 5th grade until I retired 8 years ago. My professional specialty was working with gifted and talented children. Now I enjoy playing with my 17 beautiful grandchildren! Our family gets together at least once a month for a family dinner, and the resulting chaos and laughter nourishes my soul! I enjoy the art of quilting, and delight in creating beauty with color and design, wrapping up those I love in the finished product. I thoroughly enjoy a good book, and am a hard-core Jane Austen fan. I hate the realities of aging, but I'm trying to accept with grace what I cannot change.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints almost from the moment the Prophet Joseph Smith restored this church to the earth in 1830, so my roots run deep. I was taught from my infancy that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me dearly, and that Jesus Christ is my personal Savior, elder brother, and best friend. The strength of my parents' faith and examples carried me until I was old enough to personally study the scriptures and find out for myself the truthfulness of this Gospel. No one can or should rely on the testimony of others indefinitely, and as I matured I realized the need for my own personal witness of the truthfulness of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I can't pinpoint an exact moment when I gained that knowledge. It has come to me gradually over years of study and trying to live the principles of the Gospel, much like the sun chasing away the darkness at the dawn of a new day. It feels right, and solid, and secure. The Book of Mormon promises me that if I study the scriptures and pray about their truthfulness, I will receive a witness of their truthfulness by the power of the Holy Ghost. I have accepted this challenge, and it has proven to be true, over and over again. I am not a perfect person, and for that reason I am grateful to Jesus the Christ for suffering for my sins so that I don't have to, if I repent. In this troubled, uncertain world, the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings me peace.

How I live my faith

Christ's life and mission on earth was one of service, and trying to follow his example has brought many enriching opportunities to serve into my life. My husband and I recently left our home and family to live in Riga, Latvia, for 3 years he while served as President of the Baltic Mission. We instructed and cared for over 300 young 19 - 23 year-old missionaries who each devoted 1 1/2 to 2 years of their lives to spreading the Good News of the Gospel to the people of Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia. It was a grand adventure! My present Church responsibility is as an Institute teacher for our Young Single Adult congregation, studying together the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. It's a real treat to work with these great young men and women who are trying to be disciples of the Savior each day of their lives. Now that my children are grown, and I am retired, I have more time to serve in the community. My love for children led me to become a volunteer CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate), working with and advocating for abused and neglected children, an undertaking which alternately breaks my heart and fills my need to help those young ones who are not in a position to help themselves.