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Hi I'm Ona.

I'm a Mormon. That means I am a Christian - a follower of Jesus Christ. I love Him, my Heavenly Father, my family, my country.

About Me

I'm a transplanted Southern girl - from Mississippi to Tennessee to Arizona. I come from Scottish/Irish roots, with some English mixed in there. I am married to a Native American Indian, of Tarahumara/Apache origins. We have quite a diverse culture in our family. I love children. I am an advocate for the defenseless, including children, the sick, and the elderly. I worked in real estate for over 20 years, and now I work at home - wow! It's far more demanding than a full-time job outside the home. I love serving other people.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a "Mormon" (others' nickname for Latter-day Saints who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) because I was taught the doctrines of the Church and the Spirit of the Holy Ghost confirmed the truthfulness to me. Before that, I was a "prover." Everything had to be proved to me. My mother used to say that I was like arguing with a "milepost." I never understood, until after I was married, and one day I was literally arguing with a "milepost" as we were traveling down the interstate. That was a reflection of reality. I realized that after many years of study, of many different Christian and non-Christian faiths, that the "LDS" Church was the only one which made sense "in its entirety." Other churches had some degree of truth, however small or however much, but none seemed to have ALL the answers. They taught that certain things were "mysteries" that God would reveal at a later time, but "live" revelation was rejected. It was a contradiction. I realized that if "total" truth was not contained within The Church of Jesus Christ (which bears His name) of Latter-day Saints, then HIS church was not yet upon the earth. With that "proof" in my head, I thought I was converted - until one day, my whole being was filled with a warmth that literally permeated my body from head to feet, and I literally felt that I was wrapped in the arms of His love - through the power and gift of the Holy Ghost. Since that event, there has been NO DOUBT of the truthfulness and completeness of the gospel of Jesus Christ found within His Church. I now have knowledge, but greater still, I have testimony of what was borne to me in no other way that books or teachers or clergy can ever bear. And once the Spirit confirmed, I knew that I could never deny it. As the Prophet Joseph Smith said, "I dare not deny it, because I know that God knows" that I have had that confirmation of truth and understanding. I would not trade my testimony for all earthly treasures.

How I live my faith

I have served in many "callings" in the Church, from teaching children, youth, and even adults. I have served in positions of music and choir. I have served in administrative positions for women's and youth organizations. What I love most is that it is truly service - without pay. The Church is a "lay" church without paid ministers, choiristers, performers, etc. Everyone serves for the love of God and His children. As Jesus the Christ stated, "Inasmuch as ye have done it unto the least of these, my brethren, ye have done it unto me." I joy to think that I still have much to offer. I am sure that the Lord could do all these things Himself, without our feeble contributions - He could call down legions from Heaven to administer the affairs of His kingdom on earth - but where would be our growth? He knows that we need experience to become as He is. As we serve, we come to love - and as we come to love, we want to serve more. It is an eternal cycle. That helps us to become like our Savior, Jesus Christ, our Examplar and the greatest Servant of all.