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Hi I'm Vera.

Life is great! I grew up in southern Colorado. I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and a retired elementary teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up as the oldest of 8 children and was fortunate to have great parents and a large extended family. Most of my childhood memories revolved around family, church or school. I graduated from High School with a class of 16. Holidays always included lots of cousins and aunts and uncles. My three living grandparents were wonderful role models who worked hard, loved their families and their God. I grew up with a profound love for God, my Savior, Jesus Christ,education, my country and the knowledge that we are all children of our Heavenly Father. You would probably consider us as poor, but we thrived because we had each other and a great sense of community. School was easy for me, but shyness was a trait that took years to overcome. My dad started college the year before I did. Not too many kids either follow their father in a class or have the class with him. We both majored in elementary eduation. Marriage and family are important to me. My husband and I are empty nesters who wonder how we had time to work. We have five children and eighteen grandchildren who we dearly love. We enjoy the time spent with them. Family history and genealogy are an interest of mine. I lost both of parents within the past year and want to spend some time finishing the histories they have started about their lives. I enjoy some traveling and especially enjoyed trips to Peru, Australia and New Zealand. I spent two years in Denmark just after graduating from college.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors sacrificed much when they joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in its early days. They left an example of great faith and endurance as they lived through persecution, crossing the plains, and settling new frontiers. My father served a mission for the church when he was called to go to Canada for two years when I was 11 years old. My mom and five children moved in with my grandmother and Mom worked the graveyard shift at the hospital nursery while he served. These examples were important to me. However, one doesn't remain faithful as a Mormon on borrowed testimony. I have learned the doctrine and tenets of the church "line upon line and precept upon precept". It isn't always easy, but it is worth it. I believe I was blessed with the gift of faith and have learned much from the teachings and examples of others. I have also spent time studying the scriptures, serving in the church, and praying for confirmation. And those prayers have been answered. I have felt great peace and comfort in my heart and a burning in my bosom that Jesus Christ is indeed my Savior and that the gospel of Jesus Christ has been restored to the earth. It has brought me peace in times of adversity, has helped me to be healed as I have forgiven others, and has aided me to be able to reach out to others in need. I have witnessed others go through trials and adversity and I have seen the power of the atonement work in the lives of myself and others as the principle of repentance is real as it helps others find peace and find the reality and love of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. These personal witnesses are important to me. The love of Heavenly Father , the love for my family, and my personal testimony are the primary reasons that I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Through the years I have given service to my community by being involved as a parent in the schools by volunteering and serving as a parent leader. Spending time at the cannery where food was canned for the benefit of food banks and others in need has been rewarding. Time spent involved in learning about and supporting candidates and getting involved in the political process and supporting values has also been important to me. Many opportunities for service have been my privilege through the years. I have especially enjoyed working with the 12 through 18 year-old youth. Whether it was preparing and giving lessons, planning activities, running athletic activities, chaperoning girls' camp with the girls or helping the boy scouts with merit badges or advances, it was rewarding to me for several years. Having my own children participate in these activities was an added bonus. Making monthly visits to a few women in the church through the years has built bonds of friendships and given opportunity for service. Playing the piano for hymn singing or taking meals to familes has helped me develop my own talents. In recent years family history, genealogy, and temple service has given much pleasure to me and has given me the opportunity to personally grow spiritually while serving others at the same time. I have enjoyed giving Bible and other scripture lessons to adults. Participation in the census records indexing program has helped to make many genealogical records available online for others to use in researcing their ancestors. Perhaps most rewarding of all is reaching out to others in friendship and love with the knowledge that we are all brothers and sisters. Being a good neighbor and community member is important. It is also good to strive to be a good citizen of the nation and the world. I have learned much by teaching the three Citizenship merit badges to boy scouts through the years and try to appreciate and love my community, nation and world.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We do not worship Joseph Smith. We worship God our Eternal Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. We respect Joseph as a prophet who restored The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Thus truths that were taught when Jesus lived on the earth were returned to the earth and are an integral part of the doctrine of the church. We worship God as a loving Father who sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to atone for our sins and adversities. Show more Show less