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Hi I'm Peggy

I came from a non-denominational family & was looking for the truth about God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am now an empty nester with 3 grown children & 9 grandchildren. I love nature & feel strongly about protecting God's creations. I love photography, gardening, & preserving family histories. I love to sing, and enjoy a wide variety of music. I love the multiculturalism of this country & enjoy learning about others who do things differently than I have thought of. I work full time & also try to volunteer where I can. I want to do something to make this world a better place for everyone.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 14 yrs. old, I wanted to find out if there was any church that God would want me to be part of. Was there any church that had the truth? I did research in books, and took lessons from a priest. Then a friend introduced me to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I'd never heard of it and thought it was an unlikely choice, but agreed to listen to be polite. I found the answers to many of my questions at last. What about little children who die without baptism? What about all the millions in the world who never hear of Jesus? Why is there so much suffering? Does God know me as an individual, or just as one of his many creations? What is God? What am I supposed to be doing here? The answers fell into place. As I prayed, I felt peace and happiness well up. As I learned, it felt like "Ah ha! Yes, that is right!" Joining this Church has made all the difference in my life and the lives of my family. I have grown as a person because of the opportunities to serve and interact with others. I have had emotional support in hard times, and a ward family to love my children living away from extended family. But most of all, I have developed a deep gratitude for my Heavenly Father and Savior's love, & confidence they are there for me.

How I live my faith

Over the years, I have had so many different opportunities to be of help & to learn to lead. I have helped women who have experienced family tragedies. I have been able to bring food to hungry families, or clean house for a woman who was spending all her energy caring for a dying husband. I have taught scripture study lessons to teenagers before they go to school for several years, and now teach adults on Sundays. I have served in the temple, enjoying the peace there. I've built friendships with people I wouldn't have had a chance to know otherwise. I am politically aware and try to be a good influence. I still have a list of causes I want to get more involved in. But each day, I am trying to be a force for good, and to interact with all of God's children in a caring, understanding and helpful way. I need the Lord's help every day to work on patience & loving and being kind to people who are being difficult, or even hostile. My goal is to become more like Jesus. He says I can do it with His help, and I will keep trying.

How is the Book of Mormon different from the Bible? How did Joseph Smith obtain the “golden plates” or Book of Mormon?

The Book of Mormon is actually very similar to the Bible. It is different in that it records God's influence on and prophecies to a group of people who emigrated to the western hemisphere. This shows that God loves all His children, not just those who lived in the Middle East. But being the same Jesus Christ, he taught the same principles to both peoples. One helpful difference is that the Book of Mormon has not been through so many translations from the original source as the Bible has, so it is easier to understand. Because it is a second source for God's word, it clarifies many ideas that have become muddled from various interpretations. But the Bible remains a beautiful testament to Jesus Christ also, and was loved and studied by Joseph Smith always, as it is by us today. Just as I wouldn't want to remove the Book of John from the Bible, I wouldn't want to remove the Book of Mormon from the scriptures that the Lord has provided us to learn to know Him and the truth. Joseph Smith received the metal plates inscribed with the words of prophets from the Western hemisphere through an angel sent from our Lord. The angel told him where to find it and how to protect it while he translated it through the Spirit. He was told it was needed to clear up misconceptions that had grown over the years as people had interpreted the Bible in various ways. And it would be a particular blessing to the descendants of people in this part of the world. Show more Show less