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Hi I'm Colleen

I grew up in rural Idaho. I have a degree in communication. I'm a full time mom and grandma. I'm a quilter and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town in Idaho. All though, college was always a goal, all I ever really wanted to be was a wife and mother. During my junior year of college, I met and married my sweetheart and shortly thereafter, our first baby was on the way. My parents wanted me to get my degree, but I wanted to be with my new little daughter, instead. My husband and I were blessed with four more children. I loved doing all the things involved in raising a family. Suddenly, when my youngest started school, I wondered what I would do when they were all raised? So I went back to school at age 38 to finish my degree. This time, I choose communication as my major. I loved being a student. I wrote for the newspaper, I tried debate, public speaking classes and even an oral interpretation class. When I graduated, I was ready for a career. We moved to Georgia instead and I discovered that even though my children were growing up and leaving home, they still needed me and I still enjoyed being a mother more than anything else. The only difference was that now I had a little more time to develop other hobbies, hence my passion for quilting! I have never regretted being a career mother. You may wonder about that communication degree. It hasn't been wasted. I have used those skills in my career as a mother. The best thing about my career, I never have to retire and now I have grandchildren! They give me lots of excuses to make quilts.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful for the many ancestors who laid the foundation for my church membership. They left families, crossed the plains, and worked hard to teach their posterity the life skills that build faith. However, even with that strong foundation, I had to choose which direction my life should go. Fortunately, I chose to follow my Heavenly Father's plan for me. Raising children is not easy. Without the standards and guidelines I receive through the gospel, I don't know how I would have known what was important and what was not. As a parent, I made many mistakes. Knowing the the Savior not only paid for our sins, but also for all the things we don't do well, has given me the courage to go on. The ability to communicate with my Heavenly Father in prayer and knowing he loves my children even more than I do, has given me wisdom beyond my abilities to teach my children and help them navigate the difficulties of life. The greatest blessing in my family is knowing that we will be a family forever because to the covenants my husband and I were able to make in the temple, and the priesthood power that sealed us together forever. In the third epistle of John, verse 4, he says, " I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth." I echo his testimony, and am grateful for the gospel of Jesus Christ to help me teach my family.

How I live my faith

The service I have given in my life has helped me to not only use the skills I have, but has also helped me to develop others. When my children were young, I served in many callings that involved teaching them. I loved the simple faith of young children, and their joy in the gospel. I thought I had passed the age that I would be considered to teach them again, but I was delighted to serve as president of the children's organization, with my daughter as my secretary. It was fun to hear many of the children call me grandma, not just my own grandchildren. I am currently serving a president of our women's organization. It didn't take me long to realize that I couldn't personally care for the 175 sisters that I am responsible for. I have learned to respect and admire all the sisters of our organization. I am responsible to organize them into companionships to visit and care for two or three sisters. What a blessing it is in my life when I call a companionship and tell them about one of their sisters and needs that her family my have. Every time, I hear the words, "don't worry, we'll take care of her," I am grateful for the service they give, and I know that those sisters will care for the needs of the sisters they have stewardship over.