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Hi I'm Cilla

I grew up near Plymouth, Massachusetts where some of my ancestors came over on the Mayflower. I love genealogy and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother. I live in Georgia with my son, his wife and six children. I love gardening, and researching my family history online. I volunteer one morning a week at my grandson's elementary school and two hours a week as a hospital volunteer at the hospital fitness center. My calling at church is a family history consultant. I love helping people find their roots. I am active in the singles program at church. I help at home whenever I'm needed.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was eight years old, my mother was exploring several religions to find one she could believe in. She had a dream that mother Mary pointed to Jesus then told my mother to follow her son. Right after that the Mormon missionaries came to our house. My mother embraced the gospel with all of her heart. Even though I was very young, I too loved the gospel from the start. I was baptized at the same time as my parents and my older sister. I was very active in the Children's and Young Women's programs. The church was my life. In my late teenage years, I struggled with some of the standards, but I never lost my testimony. I married a non-Mormon serviceman, then had my son a year later. Within a year I was on my own and quickly returned to maintaining the standards I was taught as a youth. I went to college and got an Associate Degree in Dental Science. When my son was almost grown, I got a whiplash in a minor car accident that triggered Fibromyalgia. I picked myself up and got a certificate at a secretarial school. I still can't type very well. In 1993, I went on an 18-month Family History Mission to Salt Lake City. I loved this mission with all my heart. I learned so much. Computers were fairly new then and I learned to use one. My son was attending a college close by and two of my grandchildren were born while I was on the mission. I lived in several places before I came here to live with my family. I help at home whenever I'm needed. I have good friends from all the wards I attended and keep in contact with many.

How I live my faith

I have held many teaching positions in my church over the years. When I taught the children, my floor was always covered with visual aids. I took my callings seriously and made sure I was at church unless I was horribly sick. I believe in this church with all my heart. I have been a member for a long time now and have a strong testimony. I struggle physically with pain and the only way I get through it is to be close to my Heavenly Father. I enjoy volunteering at the elementary school because I learn so much from the children. I enjoy meeting people at the fitness center. Once a month, I contact six women at church to find out if they visited the three or four women assigned to them to visit each month. I work hard on my family history trying to put it online so that others can connect their families if they are related. It's like a big puzzle that everyone has a piece to insert.