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Hi I'm Glenda

I grew up in Australia, I am an Activity Director at a large R.V. Resort and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I came to America from Australia when I was seventeen. I left school at 14 to support myself after my father passed away. Thanks to a family in America who opened their home and hearts to me I was able to finish High School and go on to college. I met my husband and we married in an LDS Temple and raised six wonderful children. We have lived in Arizona and the Virgin Islands. Our children went to a superb private school on the island where they enjoyed friends from many ethnic backgrounds. While there my husband, Darwin served as Branch President for seven years. To support his family he worked in construction and I worked as Assistant to the Head of School in the private school our children attended. We now reside in Arizona where my husband is a supervisor for the commercial division of the construction company that he worked for when we were first married. He also serves as a Bishop to a ward consisting of six hundred members. I work as an Activities Director at a large RV resort and enjoy providing exciting activities and entertainment for the wonderful residents. Our six children all fell in love with spouses who were also raised in the Mormon faith and married in LDS Temples. We have been blessed with 19 grandbabies who know me as Nana and my husband as Papa.

Why I am a Mormon

I was three when my mother joined the church. She saw two young men kneeling down under a tree across the street who then stood up and came straight to her door. My mother told me that she had been praying and seeking for answers to her questions. Those two young men were an answer to her prayers and to her questions. I grew up around many faiths and enjoyed them but the only one that helped me know my Savior, that helped me through my trials was the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The testimony that had grown inside me was familiar, warm and comforting. I got to know my Savior and knew in my heart that He loved me and knew me by name. My life has been so blessed because I belong to this church and that is why I am a Mormon. I want to make special mention of my little granddaughter Lily Ann Mordue who has taught me so much through her short life of two and a half years and through her death. Never have I known such heartache and sadness. I saw at that time so many tender mercies from a loving Heavenly Father. Each day he spoke to us through thoughtful family, friends, neighbors and strangers saying, "I know you hurt, I am here, I will comfort you." What peace the Gospel gave to us at that time. I am so grateful for Christ and what Christ did for us. He took Adams sin away from little children who are too innocent and sinless to be held accountable. He took upon him our sins and we will be forgiven if we will lay them aside and seek forgiveness. Lily was perfect, too sweet, and too precious so she is in a more peaceful place. I miss Lily unbelievably, our loss is huge but my prayer is that I live my life with kindness and love towards others so that it may be acceptable to the Lord. I have faith that through the atonement of Christ I will receive my reward of living with Lily and my family forever. This is the faith that gives me that hope and peace in my heart and that is also why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My true joy comes from my family. While we raised our children, we knelt for morning and evening prayers and had morning scripture reading. Every Sunday we went to church together and once a month each of the children had a personal interview with their dad which they absolutely loved. Each of us was to treat each other with respect and love through our language and actions. Now that the children are all married with their own families we set aside time to be together. Each month we get together at Nana and Papa’s to celebrate birthdays and special occasions. We have a family reunion every year on the beach or in the mountains. Papa teaches the kids to fish and Nana makes sure everyone has at least one roasted marshmallow. Raising six children was my joy in life. I was grateful for the guidance of the church in the lives of my children. It was a wonderful thing to watch them learn and grow in their own lives through excelling in academics, athletics, achieving their Eagle Scout awards, serving in their community, church and serving each other. The three boy all prepared for and desired to serve a mission. They all worked and saved their own money and served missions around the world, one in England, one in Chili and one in Switzerland. I was also very proud of the example they all set for their friends while they were growing up. As a member I have given service to the youth most of my life. I have helped organize a Youth Conference, slept in tents in the snow and even been in a Girls Camp that was evacuated because of one of the biggest fires in Arizona that encircled it but did not go through it. I have been a teacher and a leader for children, youth and adults. I have taught adult Sunday School, and led music for the children. I have decorated and helped organize events for the church women's organization and I visit a couple of ladies every month with an uplifting message and a treat. If their family needs me they know I'm there.