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Hi I'm Nancy

I'm a little person. Only 4 feet tall, I've managed to have a full life. I'm a wife, mother of two, and a special ed. teacher.

About Me

I was born in a small "Mormon town" in Southern Alberta as the youngest of 5 children. My parents knew something was different about me when I started "drowning" in my baby clothes. After many doctor visits, they were told I was going to be a dwarf and would only grow to a height of about 4 feet. A blessing from my bishop and the temple president, promised I'd be "alright" and that's exactly what I've been. My parents raised me the same as they did the other four children, and I was surrounded with love, the Gospel and a community of support. I never felt like my size was a disability in my life, but at times I did get discouraged. During those times I always leaned on my Heavenly Father for solace and received much comfort from Him and my Savior. I always remember being grateful I was one of the very few little people who were Mormons. I had a full life; went to college and traveled overseas before meeting my husband at a little people convention. During our 26 years of marriage, we've been blessed with two children - a daughter who is a little person like me and works as a sign language interpreter and a 6 foot tall son who is now serving a mission in Brazil. I teach students with learning disabilities in a middle school. Even though they tower over me, I feel like I can influence their lives for good. I love meeting as many different people as I can and try to enjoy the simple things in life that pass us by if we're not careful.

Why I am a Mormon

Being a Mormon has provided me with so much comfort, especially growing up with the challenges I faced as a little person. I have answers! I know why I'm here, where I came from, and where I am going and those answers bring such peace to me. I know that this life is short, even though at times our burdens are difficult to bear, and if we but hang on, we can live forever without any ailments that we suffer in this world. Our Savior Jesus Christ has made this possible and for that, I'll be eternally grateful. I've wondered so many times why I was one of the fortunate ones to be born in a home where the Gospel was lived and taught. I feel blessed that this happened to me. My home life was such a blessing, I wanted that same kind of home for my own family. I knew it was because of the Gospel and I desired my children to have the same kind of experiences, feelings, and blessings I was surrounded with, growing up. People have asked my parents, "Why is Nancy so happy all the time when she has such a heavy cross to bear?" My parents answered it's because of who I am, my personality, my spunkiness, my refusal to give up but I know it's because of my testimony that gives me this joy that burns in my heart. How can I not radiate that to others? How can I go around with a chip on my shoulder, when I have so much to look forward to. I know God lives and loves us. I know my Savior knows me, loves me and died for me. He is aware of who I am. I know His gospel is restored on this earth in these latter days through a prophet Joseph Smith and we continue to be lead by a prophet today. I am little but I am a daughter of my Heavenly Father. He loves me and I love Him.

How I live my faith

I try to do as much as I can to be active in my Church. Presently I work as a first counselor in the Young Women presidency. This is a group in our church that looks after the young women ages 12 - 18. Our Sunday lessons focus on finding joy as a youth, how we can be a good example to others, drawing nearer to our Savior, homemaking skills, honoring our parents etc. During the week we meet and do fun activities often with the young men of corresponding ages. I love serving these special kids and I have learned so much from them. These beautiful girls radiate their love of God through their spirit and determination to live His will no matter how the world rages around them. I have also worked with the younger children - my favorite calling being the chorister. Teaching these tots songs about Jesus and seeing the glow on their little faces as they sing their testimonies, is a joy beyond words. Growing up in the church has given me many opportunities to serve and I have done so since my youth. I love serving and I feel it's the least I can do for all that the Lord has done for me. I believe the most important calling in the church is that of a visiting teacher or a home teacher. I have truly had my eyes opened and my testimony strengthened from fulfilling this calling. I simply gain so much by visiting the ladies in my ward. They fill my cup each and every month and I look forward to being in their homes and discovering how I can serve them. The "sisters" in my ward enjoy being together and we give each other much strength, support and love. I truly feel like they're all my sisters and from them I draw what I need to face the world and all its challenges.