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Hi I'm Betty

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife, a mother of two, a grandmother of six and a great grandmother of six. As of this month, I have been married (to the same man!) for 54 years. We spent most of our married life working together in family businesses...my husband in sales and I, doing the office work. I like to read, knit, do family history and walk. My husband and I volunteer in the Family History Center to help others to find their ancestors. Recently I have started a blog to share my knowledge of our family with our children.

Why I am a Mormon

My husband became a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at about age 12 when his family joined the church. He was not converted and by the time he was 16, he had quit attending. As I was growing up, I attended (with friends) the Baptist Church, the Presbyterian Church and the First Christian Church where my husband and I were married. After we were married and had children, we attended the Methodist Church where my children and I were baptized. Although I enjoyed going to the various churches, I always felt that there was something missing. When we were baptized in the Methodist Church, I asked only for baptism and not for membership in the church. The missionaries had knocked on our door many times during the first 17 years of our marriage, I had not been willing to talk to them and had my husband meet them on the porch. I would say, "you talk to them...they are from your church!" Then, one evening when I was home alone, there was a knock on the door and it was the missionaries. I had no choice but to meet them and by the time they left, I had agreed that our family would take the missionary lessons. And we did...but it took months. We weren't very attentive and were busy, but the missionaries perservered and finally we agreed to baptism. My children and I were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on May 18,1974. At the time of my baptism, I had only the beginning of a testimony of the true gospel. My husband, my children and I attended our meetings and as our learning increased, so did our testimonies. I know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the restored Church of our Lord, Jesus Christ. I know that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, that he did see our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. He translated gold plates (The Book of Mormon) that revealed Jesus Christ appeared to people of the American Continent. I know that God speaks to us today and that we are led by a Prophet, Thomas S. Monson.

How I live my faith

Since i joined the church, I have had many church callings, starting out as the choir librarian, then helping with the youth, but mostly working in various capacities with our women's organization. From my first weeks in the Church, I have been involved in family history work. We believe that in the next life, we will be reunited with our families and for that reason seek our ancestors. I have worked in several Church Family History Centers and my husband and I served a mission in Australia for the Family History Department of the Church. I also spent 2 1/2 years as a Family Search missionary, answering family history questions for those who phone the church for help. I love family history work and look forward to the time when I can again be with my parents, my husband's parents and those ancestors that I only know through old letters and family memorabelia. I know that this will happen, because I know that Families are Forever.