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Hi I'm Vicki

I love to crank up the oldies and sing out loud when I'm alone in the car. I'm a U.S. Navy veteran, and a grandma. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am blessed to have a wonderful husband, who, after 28 years of marriage, can still make me feel warm and safe when I hear his voice, or hold his hand. Together we raised three terrific children, and are now priveleged to be grandparents and in-laws.   I grew up in the Pacific Northwest, so I turn the air conditioning on in my car when the temperature outside hits 70 degrees. I served a four-year hitch in the United States Navy, and earned college degrees in history and in library science. I love to read, sew, work jigsaw puzzles and hunt for hidden treasure in 2nd-hand stores. I have a bit of an artistic bent, and can sing the lyrics to every rock 'n' roll song to hit the Top 100 before 1965. Two of my favorite foods are nectarines and dark chocolate, and even though I detest avocados, if they are made into spicy guacamole I am in heaven because I could eat Mexican food 5 nights a week.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I come from a long line of Latter-Day-Saints, I grew up in a home where we attended occasionally, and then not at all. I watched as some of my friends in high school lived lives I wanted to emulate. They were not LDS, but very active in other church youth groups. I turned down offers to join them. I knew, deep inside, where I belonged, and I began to work my way back into activity in the LDS church--sometimes a challenging process when you have been away for a long time, or if you have not had the opportunity to learn much about the gospel. I understood that I could not rely on someone else's testimony of the gospel to carry me--the Lord has given each of us the opportunity to choose for ourselves how we will live out our lives--that I needed to study and contemplate and decide for myself whether or not I had a real testimony. That the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is true soon came to me with such force that I could not deny it. Its power and validity seemed to touch every part of me. I have been committed ever since. The restored gospel makes so much sense. The more I learn and come to understand about the gospel, the more it makes sense to me. I know, without doubt, that we are eternal beings, that we are not beholden to some indefinable unknown entity, but that we actually lived with our Heavenly Father before we came to this life. I know that if we are faithful we will not go to heaven, but return there, to a kind and loving Father. I know that our Father has laid out a plan that will give ALL of his children the opportunity to accept Him, whether in this life or the next. This knowledge sustains me when life gets tough, makes me feel a closeness to my Father in Heaven, makes me thankful for what He has given me, and causes me to feel overwhelmed and in awe of the eternal blessings He promises.

How I live my faith

One of the greatest gifts of being a faithful Latter-Day-Saint is the opportunity to serve in many different capacities in your ward, or congregation, throughout your life. We don't have a paid clergy; in fact no one who serves in the ward is paid--neither the bishop, the teachers, the organist, the librarians, or anyone else. Obviously, to serve in such a way while holding down a full-time job and/or being involved with other responsibilities outside the church takes a commitment to the gospel. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints is not a passive thing. Rather than depending on the sermons of one or two leaders to instruct us, we teach and lift each other, relying on the teachings of Christ and the restored gospel to guide us. Women, as well as men, are called on to speak in our meetings, to teach, instruct, lead, and serve in the ward. I have been the president of the children's sunday school program, a chorister, a leader and teacher in the women's auxillary, and have taught scripture study classes to high school students every morning at 6:15 a.m., among other callings. With every opportunity I have learned more about the gospel as I have studied and prepared for the work. I have strengthened my testimony of the Savior, and grown to love the people I work with. I'm not perfect--far from it--but serving in the church teaches me constantly how I can live a more honorable, Christ-like life every day.

What is the Law of Chastity?

Our Heavenly Father expects all of us to refrain from any sexual activity outside of a legal marriage that takes place between a man and a woman. I understand that many people feel that that idea is unfair or outdated, but the Lord has always defined chastity in that way, and I believe that His laws are immutable. Part of the reason we are here on this earth is to learn self-mastery. For some of us that may mean controlling the urge to overeat or to abuse alcohol or other drugs. For others, it may mean learning to live with a debilitating illness or a difficult family situation. For still others, it may mean keeping in check the desire to participate in sexual activity unauthorized by the Lord. LIving within the bounds the Lord has set brings peace to our lives. Show more Show less