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Hi I'm Hope

There is time in your life to do what you love. I am grateful to be a Mormon.

About Me

I love art galleries, symphonies, libraries, any kind of garden and anywhere to travel. I love to walk with friends and to ride bikes with my husband. I love hearing from my grown children (anytime) and love being with their beautiful children. I like to work. I like being busy, but also like reading a good book or doing a crossword puzzle. I like the last 5 minutes of yoga class when we just relax.

Why I am a Mormon

Two missionaries knocked on our door decades ago when we were young parents. I knew nothing about the Mormon church and was content with my life and my religion--so I thought. But we felt a lovely spirit in their presence so we listened to discussions, studied the Bible, read the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine & Covenants. We studied and prayed for 2 and a half years before I finally knew it was time to join. We had been attending church services for over a year and paying tithing; our branch was so small that I was even asked to teach a class. Sometimes now I wonder why it took us so long to join but I think we depended more on reason than feeling. I think we wanted a surety rather than a chance to exercise our faith. Sometimes we just lack humility. About a week after I was baptized I felt a confirmation of that act. I felt it so strongly that I can still feel it now. What I learned the most from the missionaries is what I lacked. I lacked the knowledge that God loves me. I lacked the companionship of the Holy Ghost. I lacked a knowledge of God's plan for this earth and for all her inhabitants whom He would love to bless. When we joined the church, it wasn't a big change in our values or in our daily living. We had great support from parents and siblings; we were fortunate to have educations and good employment. We were living a good and wholesome life. What did change was how I now see others. I am a better person, more tolerant, more charitable, more humble.

How I live my faith

Our local congregation is small. Consequently, over the past 3 decades there have been plenty of opportunities to serve adults, teens and children in church positions. Right now I teach youth Sunday school and help members with family history. It's great to be needed! We are very much like a small family and I appreciated how many members have offered me true friendship over these years. I hope I've been as steady for them as they have been for me. When my own five children were small I was able to stay home with them. As they started to leave I slowly came into the workforce. I wanted to have a chance to contribute to my community and I was lucky enough to be around for the building of a great small town library. It was a joy to direct that facility for fifteen years. Now, like our missionary sons, I am ready to serve a mission for the church. We plan to help where we can, when we can for as long as we can.