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Hi I'm Evette

I'm originally a farm-girl from Idaho, USA. Now we farm, ranch, garden and live in Grassy Plains, BC, Canada, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom with 6 wonderful children who all live far away now and are beginning families of their own. I have 12 grandchildren with 3 more adding in the spring. We love getting together, sharing our love, and creating memories. My husband, Fred, and I put up hay, raise a small herd of cattle, have 3 cats, enjoy eating from our garden and small greenhouse, and do a lot of church service. Fred has retired from the Highways Dept. as a grader operator. We've been married for 47 years. I graduated from university as an elementary teacher, but have used that training only with my family and lots in the church for 45 years. We live in a beautiful spot beside a lake with lots of wildlife, and I enjoy listening to the magical sounds of things as I work outside and marvel at the variety and beauty of God's creations. I play the piano and the organ and teach children songs. I am amazed at the power music has to help us learn very quickly things that otherwise we would learn very slowly. One fun thing I do is make up new words to old melodies while I'm driving the tractor or for our answering machine. I also like getting around the ranch on my "yellow horse", our family's little Susuki 100 motorbike. We heat our home with a wood stove and winters here can be quite long, so we gather lots of firewood for a winter's supply. We occasionally see the spectacular Northern Lights. :)

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, so have always been taught His gospel and just accepted it as my way of life. As I got out on my own, I've had various experiences that have confirmed to me that His principles and doctrines and example is truly what I want to follow. I know that His Church has been restored in our day with His authority to direct it given to those He calls. I testify that the Book of Mormon, that He enabled Joseph Smith to translate from ancient records, is a second witness of Him that goes hand-in-hand with the Bible, and I recognize both as His scripture to me and all of us, along with other modern revelations given to prophets. I have had confirmation through the Holy Ghost that Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father are real, they know me, and love me, and are aware of my circumstances, and stand ready to aid, guide, and bless me and all people. I'm so grateful for my knowledge of Their Plan of Salvation, and what the purpose of this life is, and that I can return to live with them again some day. The Gospel of Jesus Christ teaches me how to live so that I can accomplish that goal.

How I live my faith

In our small branch of The Church, we all have many opportunities to serve. I've served in many positions with music, teaching, and leading in the various organizations for children, youth and adults in The Church. I have also been a consultant for our Family History Center, and was secretary to my husband, who was a the Patriarch for our Stake unit. I go with a partner to other ladies assigned to us to fellowship and check on their temporal and spiritual welfare each month as "visiting teachers". All of us are frequently involved in community service opportunities. One that we freely contribute annually is a display of Nativities early in December to help initiate the Spirit of Christmas and remind all that Jesus Christ is the whole reason for the season. Another annual celebration is around July 24th when we honor our pioneer heritage - food, fun, and paying tribute are in that day's festivities. The women often contribute homemade quilts and other items to community service organizations as well as items for the humanitarian contributions by The Church to places all over the world. I enjoy participating in the many programs and activities in our branch and in the community. Now we have the opportunity to serve a full-time mission for The Church in Kenya, Africa for 18 months. We're excited for that privilege.