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Hi I'm Peggy

Family is what is most important. I'm a mother of five, a wife, a grandma, a substitute teacher, a writer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 49-year-old mother who finds joy in my children. My life has never been busier, but never been so rewarding, either. I have four daughters and a son, two granddaughters and one more on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a family of nine kids and I am the youngest. I have always been a people watcher. Seeing my older siblings grow up and make choices, I saw direct consequences for those choices. I decided at the age of 12 that I could make my own decisions and that I should find out for myself if the things my parents taught me were true. In this way, I could base my own choices on proven principles that would help me to succeed in life. That is when I read the Book of Mormon by myself for the first time. When I was done reading, I knelt beside my bed and asked my Father in Heaven if it was true. My answer didn't come as a single answer. It came as an overwhelming feeling of warmth that I recognized as a feeling I had felt the whole time I had read the book. I knew the Book of Mormon was true. And, because I knew the Book of Mormon was true, I knew that Joseph Smith was a prophet.

How I live my faith

I strive to live my faith in all areas of my life. I am a wife and mother first and foremost. My husband and I have been married for 24 years and we find joy in our children, community, jobs, and our faith. I am a substitute teacher and I especially love working with students in a special needs environment. Right now I am a permanent substitute in a resource classroom. I have approximately 55 students to whom I teach U.S. History, Government, World Civilization and Language Arts. I also serve as an Sunday School teacher for adults every other Sunday, where we are currently focusing on study of the Old Testament. I have a journalism degree and I hope return to college for a master's degree in English Literature in the near future. I am a frequent correspondent for my local city newspaper, covering city council meetings and feature stories. I love being involved in book clubs and was recently participated as a founding member of a Friends of the Library group for a past community in which I lived. I have two children still in school, one at the high school level and one at the junior high. I see them off to school and I am at home, waiting for them when they return from school. My husband and I make time for family meals and discussions about how our days went and we look for opportunities to serve others around us. I love serving the Lord while using the talents He has blessed me with. He has blessed me with so much. Who am I not to share His love?

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Peggy
Modesty and chastity are directly related. Modesty in dress and thoughts affect our actions. If we dress modestly and think modest thoughts, we are so much less likely to find ourselves in situations where compromises will be made. How we dress says much about our respect for ourselves and others. Our bodies are sacred gifts from a loving Father in Heaven. If we respect Him and know ourselves to be His children, our desires to clothe ourselves appropriately and act accordingly will be of utmost importance. If there is duplicity between how we present ourselves and what we think or how we act we are not showing integrity - and we can't be truly happy. One of the best ways we can teach our children these two principles - modesty and chastity - is through our own example. Our language, dress and behavior will be our children's best teachers. Teaching these principles is best while the children are young and should be reinforced through every successive year of their lives. Show more Show less