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Hi I'm Aldine

I grew up in Utah and California. I raised my family in Illinois, New Jersey and Colorado. I love doing Genealogy. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have lived a long and full life. I was born the oldest in a family of 5 girls and 1 boy. I received my bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis on early childhood education. I married, after graduating from college and was blessed with a large family, 5 girls and 2 boys. All of our children are now married with children of their own. We currently have a total of 33 grandchildren. After the end of the Vietnam War, we had the wonderful opportunity of sponsoring and helping hundreds of refugees from Laos and Vietnam. Our lives were greatly blessed by our association with them. We learned that "Love" is a universal language and is understood by all when given freely. My parents are still a great example to me of sharing and loving with those who need it most. We have had the opportunity throughout our married life of having many people live in our home for various periods of time. Again, our lives have been enriched by so doing. One of my favorite things to do is be of service to others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I am a descendant of Mormon Pioneers from the 1800's. I love the fact that no matter where I attend church, at home or abroad, the same principles are taught, the same sacrament prayer is said, the same feelings of warmth and love one for another abound. I love the feeling of family with the others in my congregation. We have lived away from our families throughout our marriage, but I have had my church family that has always been there to help me in my time of need. We had a house fire in 1997 in the middle of the night. We called a couple of friends in our church and they immediately opened their homes for us for as long as we needed. By morning, there were people from the church at the hospital to give us a Priesthood blessing. The president of our woman's organization had gone to the store and purchased diapers, baby bottles, formula, combs, and toothbrushes for all of us. (We had 2 daughters, their husbands and their children living with us at the time.) Before the week was over we had a meeting with a welfare committee at church to see what they could do to help us. I will never forget the feelings of love I felt from our brothers and sisters in the church. They were Christ-like in their service of love.

How I live my faith

I have had many wonderful experiences giving service in the church and in my community. As mentioned above, we spent several years working with refugees from the Vietnam war, helping them get adjusted to living in a foreign land, learning how to shop in our stores, enrolling them in schools, helping them find housing and furnishings for their apartment, and taking them to the doctor. I was able to be a volunteer at many hospitals in town so I could assist the refugees when they came for medical care. I was able to assist the hospital in finding interpreters for the refugees. I was able to assist the families at the time of the birth of their babies, even being in the room with them when they were required to have them by C-section. Our church provided buildings for the refugees to hold their special parties and celebrations. I currently am a volunteer librarian for our local Family History Library where I assist people in the community research their ancestors. I have been able to teach a couple of class at the last several Genealogy Seminars held at our church. I was also able to teach a class at the San Antonio Genealogical Society this year. I love working with the missionaries as they share the message of the atonement of Christ with their investigators. I am currently a ward missionary and have the blessing of helping teach the Sunday School class to investigators and new members. I love my Savior and all that He has done for me. I will always be in His debt. I am grateful for the role He plays in my life. I have seen the effect the Gospel has had in the lives of my children and grandchildren. I have seen the kinds of lives they are living and the examples they are among their friends and business associates. I have seen how my children teach their little children about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and how to pray and have faith. I have watch the grandchildren step forth and remind us adults that we should say a prayer in times of trial. That is faith.

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Missionaries are encouraged to earn at least part of the money for their own missions. Their parents and other extended family members can also contribute towards their mission. If they don't have enough for their entire mission, members of the church are given the opportunity to contribute to a missionary fund, which is then used to help support the missionaries from their congregation. If there is excess money in the fund it is sent to church headquarters to be distributed to other countries to help fund their missionaries. Show more Show less