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Hi I'm Penny

When I fill out a form asking for "race," I usually answer, "human." Since everybody is a child of God, I love to meet people.

About Me

Right now, as a "senior missionary" with my husband, every day in this diverse, rainy, and fascinating area of the state of Washington, we are meeting people of many ethnicities and backgrounds. Our mission is to serve with the Church Education System (CES). We teach young single adults in religion classes and meet with them in their Sunday services and social activities. We have eighteen grandchildren. We could bear to leave them because they will do very well without us for eighteen months. We trust that their parents are perfectly adequate. After all, we reared half of them. When we go home, I will write texts for hymns, garden, read, and volunteer tutor in English. I am a happy person by nature, and I am happiest when I feel I'm doing my best to please my Heavenly Father.

Why I am a Mormon

I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I have had spiritual experiences throughout my life that I can only attribute to a loving Heavenly Father. Although I have not been spared hard times, I have been spared the emptiness of wondering whom to go to for ultimate help, the questioning of whether my life means something, and the despair of believing death ends it all. When our daughter died, it was faith in and comfort from the Savior that made death bearable. When financial, interpersonal, and health problems beset, I'm encouraged by knowing that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us. He wants to teach us what we need to know to become fully whole, mature, and faithful heirs of his Kingdom. And by becoming obedient we accept his plan, knowing "all things work for good to them that love the Lord."

How I live my faith

My service to the Lord permeates my life. To be a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is not a Sunday-only activity; it is a way of life. I love the gospel and have studied it a lot. I try to read the scriptures daily. My husband and I love our family. We know that because we have made sacred promises in a temple of God, we will be married after we die and have our family as well. So we're careful to encourage and support them in their own lives, now they are grown up. After almost forty-eight years of marriage, we're still (again) in love. Some of time we were not in love: we had a difficult time putting two very different personalities and types together into a unified whole. But since we promised God that we would make a good marriage, we did all we could to make this true. Counseling, patience, prayer, and tender mercies have brought us to a solid, happy, even thrilling marriage where each inspires the other to become a more complete person. The gospel of Christ is an education for becoming as well as a reward for trying. It is a source of joy as we receive blessings by fulfilling the plans we agreed to follow before we came to earth. In other words, because the gospel makes us happy, we fill much of our time with service to neighbors and church members in small, daily ways. The mission is a large daily way to thank the Savior for the Atonement and for our hope of Eternal Life.