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Hi I'm Louise

I am a wife, a mother of 5, a Physical Therapist Assistant, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first love and priority is my family and living the gospel of Jesus Christ. I strive daily to do what he would want me to do. I went back to school at age 45 to become a Physical Therapist Assistant. I love to learn about the human body and how it works. It is an amazing, fascinating, life changing education to be in the Physical Therapy field. I love to read, garden, hike, swim, travel, see plays, do Pilates, and learn new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that loves the gospel of Jesus Christ so I was taught from a young age that the Savior's atonement enables me, and anyone else who wants to, to repent and return to live with my Heavenly Father. When I was 7 my Dad took a job with the Canadian government which sent our family to live in Accra, Ghana for 3 years where he assisted with training their math teachers. My brothers and sister and I went to an American school so that was pretty familiar but in our travels and interactions with other people and families I got to see how diverse this world is and learned that all cultures and people are beautiful. Now I am a Canadian, married to an American and living in Washington State. Our first son was born very premature and did not get to stay with us for very long. My testimony of a loving Heavenly Father helped me through this devastating loss. I know that I will be together with my family, which includes all of my children, after I die. This comforts me when I am missing my son. My husband and I have raised 4 adult children and have 2 fantastic grandchildren. We have taught our children to strive to see the best in others, especially if they are different. I love being part of a church that is for all people and all cultures. I feel the truth of a gospel that teaches that Heavenly Father loves all his children, no matter what we have done, and is waiting with open arms for us to turn to him.

How I live my faith

It is hard to pin down how I live my faith because I feel like it is part of every aspect of my life. Some of the things I try to do thoughtfully and consciously are to pray every day, take time daily to study the words of God, quickly act on any inspiration to do good, and treat others with respect. I also strive to be grateful for all the blessings that Heavenly Father has given me, even when I am in the middle of a personal challenge. I am part of the church's world wide women's organization called the Relief Society. This gives me the chance to reach out to our community and to other women in the church when there is a need. Right now we are knitting and crocheting hats for a group called Kaps for Kendall. You can find it on the internet if you are curious about it or want to join us. I also volunteer as an adult leader for the 2 hour children's instruction on Sunday at church. I help assign teachers to each class, oversee music instruction for the whole group of children and we do learning activities each Sunday. Now that my own children are raised and living on their own it is a great pleasure to be around young children each week. They amaze me with their childlike faith and trust in God.