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Hi I'm Ramona

I grew up in Indiana. I lived in the beautiful hills of Tennessee and Alabama. I love the arts and genealogy. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have a loving husband. I am a mother of three wonderful children, and have seven amazing grandchildren. One of my first interests was becoming a ballerina, and an artist. I continue as an amateur artist: oil paints, drawing, and take photographs of nature, landscapes, and unusual shots of mailboxes, doors, barns and other things. I recently took a picture at the state fair, where a young girl was reading a story book to her Guernsey calf. I love nature and take drives into the country all the time. I am also learning to clog dance with my husband. As a child, I was fascinated by Helen Keller and learned some sign language. I love genealogy research, finding thousands of my ancestors, including the Wind Creek Indians, pilgrims on the Mayflower, Vikings, and the kings of Europe. I attended college, studying psychology, nursing, and sign language. As a Mormon, I have served in a variety of responsibilities. I served many years teaching the gospel to the little children, worked with young women and presided for a time over the women's organization of my congregation. I've served as a missionary with my husband in Alabama, and currently serve as a service missionary with him in the inner-city with our Spanish congregation.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a Mormon mother and non-Mormon father. When I was seven years old, my father joined the Church. At the age of 13, my whole family drove from Indiana to Salt Lake City. There, my family was sealed for eternity in the Salt Lake Temple. It is a wonderful thing to know that if we are faithful to God, we can be a forever family. I remember at seven years old wanting to obey the commandments. I had some great Sunday School teachers that strengthened my testimony along the way. However, when I was much older, I knew I could no longer lean on others' testimonies. I desired greater faith and knowledge of God. In addition to reading the New and Old Testaments, I read the Book of Mormon. Its stories and teachings seemed panoramic in my mind. I felt the power of the Holy Spirit as I read the testimonies of the ancient prophets in this wonderful book. I began reading it frequently, and gained a stronger and stronger testimony of Jesus Christ. It strengthened me to teach these concepts to my children. The gospel was a spiritual shield for us, and protected us from many of life's dangers. I learned to pray with greater hope in receiving answers to my prayers in good times, and even in the toughest times in my life. My faith in Christ has helped me endure and has lifted me up. I know my purpose in this life is to love God, my family, and to enable others to return to our heavenly home. I know God lives and He loves us all.

How I live my faith

I participate in Newborns in Need, a program to provide clothing and blankets for prematurely born babies. I've taught others how to knit and sew for the program. This year, women in our 8 local congregations donated 3500 books to local schools, and hundreds of blankets, baby hats and clothing to local hospitals for needy newborns. With the local LDS congregations, we recently provided $50,000 worth of food to 16 food pantries, as well as clear brush from a nature park. I have worked as a leader with our Church women's organization, as well as a youth leader. I have digitized over 10,000 genealogical records for the Family History Indexing program, where census and other records are typed into a database for people to access at FamilySearch.org When I lived in Alabama, I served as local missionary, I helped with members in the inner city. Now I serve with our inner city Spanish congregation. I work with the small children, providing quality instruction and wholesome activities. I also work with the young women's program, teaching them important life values (such as Faith, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue), and talents.