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Hi I'm Arlene

I'm a Mormon. Although I was raised in a traditional Utah Mormon family, I'm curious. I ask questions.

About Me

I was raised in a small Utah town surrounded by family: my parents, two sisters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. Life was good. I had friends, and I was happy. When I was sixteen, I moved with my parents to Arizona. I went from being "somebody" to being "only one in a huge crowd." I was lonely, but I gradually found the strength to reach out and make friends. For the first time in my life, some of my closest friends were not Mormon. We went to different churches, but it didn't matter to us. I went on to college and married; so did they, but we remained friends. When I was twenty-six, our oldest child died in a tragic accident. I missed him terribly. I started to question. Were the things I had been taught all my life true? What if they weren't? Would I ever see him again? I prayed, questioned, studied, asked more questions, pondered, and eventually found the answers I was seeking.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Mormon church, the experience of losing a child caused me to question the truthfulness of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and what I had been taught all my life. I certainly hoped that the Church was true, but I needed more than that. I needed to know that I have a Heavenly Father that knows and loves me. I needed to know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, that he atoned for my sins, and that I can repent when I make mistakes. I needed to know that the Book of Mormon is a companion to the Bible and is another testament of Jesus Christ. I needed to know that Joseph Smith was a prophet and that the Church of Jesus Christ was restored through him. I needed to know that we have a prophet that guides the members of the Church as directed by Jesus Christ. I needed to know that our family is eternal; that we could be with our son again where we would live in the presence of our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ if we live faithful. These answers did not come quickly, but they did come. They came one at a time. Over the course of my life, my testimony of the gospel has grown, "line upon line, precept upon precept." Gratefully, I can say it is true. I know that it is!

How I live my faith

I have learned through experience that my faith is expanded as I serve others. This included the day-to-day care of my family. My husband and I have five living children. We tried to teach them by having family prayer, scripture study, and family home evening. We weren't always consistent, but I think they knew our hearts were with the Lord. We served in the Church in organizations for the children, the young men, and the young women. We volunteered at our kids' schools and supported them in their activities. We welcomed their friends into our home. We tried to demonstrate what we believed by doing our best to live the gospel. We have tried to be diligent in helping those who are less fortunate and those who need to be watched over. Our children are all married now and have children of their own. We haven't been perfect and neither have our children. However, we continue to work at it. We all strive to be kind to all we meet, to see the good in others, and to refrain from judging others while standing for what we know to be true. Since my children have grown up, married, and live in five different states, I needed to find a productive way to spend my time! I had expected to be baby sitting my grandchildren and going to their activities at this stage of my life. Instead, I often find myself traveling to Utah, California, Maryland, and Pennsylvania to see them. However, when I am at home, I spend a great deal of time researching the lives of my ancestors and their descendants. I enjoy learning about them and the trials they endured as they came to the United States from other countries, joined the Church, and made it possible for me to have the gospel in my life. I study census and tax records, land documents, church records, etc. as I carefully piece together the facts of their lives with the ultimate goal of joining them together as an eternal family in the temple. I love this work!