Hi I'm Paula
I grew up in Idaho. I moved to Washington when I got married. I am now a widow, the mother of 5 wonderful sons, and am blessed to have to 13 wonderful grandchildren. I am the Information System Manager for a non-profit mental health agency. I am a deaf but have a Cochlear Implant. I am active in my church and community.
Why I am a Mormon
It was really hard for me after my beloved husband of 31 years passed away from ALS (Lou Gehrig). I was so blessed to have a wonderful legacy that my husband and I built together. Now I am a single person trying to build a new path for myself in life. I found that I needed the love, strength, and peace that only our Savior, Jesus Christ can give. With my Savior's help, I was able to build a new active life where I grew as an individual, and became a stronger person. I was able to stop looking backwards at what I no longer had, but to look forward in life. I count my blessings for what I had, what I now have, and what I have to look forwards to in life. My family is so important to me. My children, grandchildren are the most important treasure in my life. I may be poor in the standard of the world, but I am truly rich in the blessings that I have in my life.
How I live my faith
Despite my hearing loss, I am able to be active in my church and community. I am currently the Relief Society Secretary over the Seattle region (Stake), was the Relief Society President of the organization for the women 18 years old and up in my area (Ward). I truly love this opportunity to serve the sisters and get to know them. It is amazing to hear the testimonies of women who are going through trials. They encourage me in my trials to remain steadfast and faithful. We truly have some wonderful women in our Ward and Stake. I am also the Co-Chair of ALDA-Puget Sound (Association for Late Deafened Adults). It has been a wonderful opportunity to get to know others with a hearing loss after they learned to talk. I was four years old when I became deaf. I am so thankful that now I have the opportunity to help educate and encourage others that have lost their hearing. They can learn from my experience, that there is much of life left to look forward too. I am also the Block Captain in my neighborhood. I started doing this because of the Emergency Preparedness material and activities from the Stake level. I knew my neighbors when my kids were little, but when they grew up and moved away, I didn't know them as well. Now through encouragement from the Stake level, I have gotten to know my neighbors. They are the best!