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Hi I'm Arlene

I am a wife, a mom, a grandmom. I am a farmers daughter. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a Homestead in Southern Idaho. I went away to college and met my Prince Charming. Truly a Cinderella story. I was a little farm girl, he a fun handsome beach boy from Southern California. We fell in love and began our happily ever after. Four kids have joined us in this journey. The best part - these children have added a gaggle of grandkids to make the journey to happily ever after - even happier. Did I mention these grandkids are smart, intelligent, funny, fun, creative and just generally pretty amazing? I love to laugh. I love to make things - especially when I can figure out a way to repurpose or make something from a throw away. I love a new idea. I love warm chocolate chip cookies.

Why I am a Mormon

Oh, I began being a Mormon because my Mom is a Mormon. But that is not the only reason I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because being a Mormon makes my happily ever after journey. HAPPY. Being a Mormon has taught me that I have a Savior. A Savoir that saves me from much more than death. He saves me from despair. He saves me by giving me strength beyond my own. He saves me from all those things I do, that I want to erase from my life. There is such power in the atonement of Jesus Christ. The power of hope and love, that gives me the ability to do things I could not do on my own. I find great comfort in knowing that there is a grand plan and it is much bigger than I am. It is a plan that gives me perspective through the ups and downs of life. We have had our "ups and our downs" on this mortal journey. Downs: Cancer, heart surgery, children that have struggled to find their way. Ups: amazing children and grandchildren (oh, I think I mentioned that already, oops). Many many days when we have felt so blessed and loved. With every up and every down - knowing that we have a Savior has multiplied the joy and diminished the sorrow. I love being a Mormon. Love it. It makes me happy. And what is so amazing - anyone who desires this quiet gently happiness can have it also. There is no limit to the capacity of our Savior. The bonus: knowing that we really can live happily FOREVER after as a family, because of the grace of a loving Savior.

How I live my faith

I want to have a heart like Jesus. I try to live in a way that will lighten the burdens of others. I desire to share the truths of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the great direction and purpose it has brought to my life, by teaching classes, working with those who struggle with addictions, visiting and hugging and loving the sisters in my ward that I visit teach. As my good friend use to say..."Ain't it grand?" Yes, living by faith, living with love, living to try to emulate the Savior is grand.