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Hi I'm Paula

I live in Washington State in the United States. I've been married 41 years and have 2 children and 5 granchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the administrator of 3 small medical clinics. I only have a high school diploma and worked my way up in the business end of the medial field. My husband and I were high school sweathearts. We love to go camping but have progressed from a tent to a travel trailer. I love to read historical romance novels. My husband likes to hunt and tinker in his shop. When the mood hits me I knit afghans. I have never kep on but always given them away. We both love the ocean and to take cruises; well I love to take the cruise. He goes along for the ride. We thorougly enjoy spending time with our children and grandchildren. They live close enough that we can do that often.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taken to church by my grandparents so my home life did not include the teachings of the church. As I teenager I was given the choice of whether or not to go and so naturally chose not to. I would prefer to sleep in and just hang out for the day. When my daughter was born she was born very ill and not given much of a chance to survive. I turned to my husband and said "I have to get ahold of the church and have them come give a blessing". He didn't have a clue of what I was talking about but I was positive from the teachings I received in my youth that this is what I needed to do. We contacted the church and they were their in an instant not only to give our daughter a blessing, but to surround my husband and I with their love and support. We were away from family as my husband was in the military and we were stationed over 2000 miles away from home. My husband became very close witht the church missionaries and learned a lot about the church. He chose to be baptized a member and I became active with him. The church has been a strength and comfort to us over our many years together and the trials and tribulations that have come our way. There are many things within the church that I have a strong testimony of. One of them is the importance of family and how we are to treat and serve one another. Another is the teaching to also maintain your relationship with your spouse as a couple because one day your children will be grown and gone and it will just be the two of you again. But as important as those things are, the relationship they teach you to have with Our Loving Heavenly Father and Elder Brother is most important. How wonderful it is to know they live and love us each individually and we have the opportunity to retun to them. Additionally, what a wonderful blessing it is to have a living prophet and apostles today that lead and direct HIS church and that everything they tell us is from divine revelation.

How I live my faith

I have had many callings in the church and have enjoyed and been challenged been by them. I think my most enjoyable was when I was a teaching young women, age 12-18. I was able to share many activities with my daughter in the church while I was teaching young women. My most intimadating call is teaching women. Each Sunday there is a different teacher for each Sunday of the month. When it is my turn I feel inadequate because there are so many spiritually strong women around me that I wonder what can I teach them that they do not already know. That is when I need to stop and pray about my lesson and remember the Spirit will guide me if will let Him. The lesson is not from me but from Our Heavenly Father. It is fun participating in the different projects in the church, whether it is a service project for the church, the community, or non-member. They have lots of fun activities as well. We get together to watch talent shows, plays, spiritual programs. We are encouraged to keep Friday nights free for our spouse and to have one on one time with them; a date. We try to keep Monday night as a night just for the family which is to inlcude fun activities and teaching moments. As our children our gone and have their own families now, we try to get together with other adults on Monday nights whose children are grown and gone too. It is a fun way to keep the "Family Home Evening" program alive in our lives.