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Hi I'm Peggy.

I was raised in Montana. I'm a nurse, a wife, a mom, a grandma, and a cancer survivor. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I retired from the workforce in 2010 and now enjoy being available to spend time with and help family and others. I have 6 children and 3 step-children. We have 13 grandchildren...and counting. I was raised in a small rural Montana town. Just out of high school, I attended college and received a bachelor's degree in nursing and became a registered nurse. I moved to Washington where I worked in orthopedics and later, after I was married, I went to work in a small hospital where the nurse on duty took care of every kind of patient, from emergency room to long-term care patients. I even got to deliver a few babies. I only worked part-time - some evenings and mostly nights - because I felt it was very important for the mother to be in the home. THEN... I became a single mother a few months before the birth of my 6th child. I took a job as a public health nurse because the work hours made sense for a mom raising a large family alone. I found that I loved the field of public health, working in it for 18 years, including filling the role of administrator of our county public health agency, which encompassed a variety of duties, including occasional fill-in public health nurse duties, management and hiring of staff, grant-writing, public information work, and legal compliance. I especially liked writing media releases.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a Christian home; I always knew that God loved me, and I had a strong desire to please Him. As a teenager, I learned about Mormons through some pamphlets at a medical office, and through some church youth at a debate camp I attended. I picked up a Book of Mormon from some enthusiastic missionaries at a county fair, and I was very excited about it. There was no Mormon Church in our town, so I just kept my new discovery quiet and figured some day when I was older I would investigate this religion. As a nursing student in college, a good friend who was Mormon took me to church. I studied the beliefs and determined that I wanted to join the Church. I knew it was right even before I met with the missionaries for the official "lessons," and I was baptized the next evening. I had found a religion that professed many of the same quiet beliefs I'd had in my heart all my life. I married and we started a family. When I worked occasional evening or night shifts at the hospital, I frequently cared for terminally ill cancer patients. I recall reflecting that I figured the 2 worst things to go through in life would be 1) divorce, and 2) cancer. Little did I know that I was to endure both of those life-changing events during the next few years. After being a single mom for 5 years, I remarried a very patient and kind man. 3 years later I was diagnosed with breast cancer. I underwent mastectomy, chemotherapy, and radiation. I have had experiences with prayer that have reaffirmed many times that the Lord knows me and loves me and cares for me and my loved ones. Never once have I doubted the Lord's will or His love. I learned that Jesus Christ, not only atoned for our sin, but also understands our challenges, our joys, and our griefs. I love my family and try to parent like Heavenly Father parents us. I want to increase my capacity to love others without judging. I try to make decisions based on the most important values in life.

How I live my faith

I work in the youth program at our church. I am presently serving as the Young Women's president for our ward congregation. I counsel with 2 other women and together we oversee the spiritual lessons on Sunday, as well as the Wednesday evening and other activities for the girls age 12 through 18. I enjoyed raising my daughters, and I feel like it is a blessing to get to help raise a bunch of other people's daughters. I love to teach. I have enjoyed opportunities to teach in the Young Women classes and also for other church groups, sometimes about health, sometimes about my life challenges. I also am a visiting teacher, which means that, with another woman as a partner, we are assigned to visit certain women on a monthly basis. We give a spiritual lesson, as appropriate, and we offer charitable service if special needs have arisen. I try to love and understand the people I visit, whether or not they attend church. I have been able to make some very special and lasting friendships through the visiting teaching program.