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Hi I'm Louise

I was born and grew up in South Africa, and then moved to Utah with my husband and children. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My five children are all grown up and I don't need to help earn a living for my family, so I am able to get involved in various volunteer opportunities. I enjoy doing free tax return preparation and filing, and also volunteer with hospice, (visiting sick people, helping people who have lost loved ones, and generally helping out where I can.) I enjoy doing handwork, particularly knitting and crochet, and also enjoy gardening, cooking and reading. I love to do family history research, and enjoy working on the church's genealogical indexing project, helping to make microfilmed religious and civil records available and easily searchable on the Internet. I trained and worked as a medical doctor in South Africa, but chose not to work when we moved to the United States. This was a hard decision in some ways, but my husband and I both felt that it would be best for me to be a full time Mom, particularly as we were moving our small children far away from extended family and into a new culture.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active Mormon family, so have never not been a member of the church, but I still had to learn for myself that I was on the path that my Father in Heaven wanted me to follow. Even though I grew up feeling secure in my faith, I had to find out "for sure" for myself. I was about 18 years old when I sincerely and earnestly prayed to know whether the Book of Mormon was true. My answer came in the form of pure joy. It was as though my whole soul was illuminated. And because the Book of Mormon was true, the Bible was true. Joseph Smith was heaven-inspired to do what he did, as much a prophet as any other of God's messengers to His people. I have never doubted that I have a Heavenly Father, and that He loves me and is interested in me and my welfare. He answers my prayers; sometimes my gratitude is tinged with amazement when He gives me a small miracle, and helps me with a issue that can't possibly be important to Him, except that it is important to me. I am grateful that I have been taught from an early age about my Savior, Jesus Christ. I honor Him and love Him, and know that it is only through His atonement and grace that I can look forward to the blessings of Eternal Life. I love the Holy Ghost. I was eight years old when I was baptized and received the gift of the Holy Ghost. I did not then appreciate the value of this sacred gift, but the promptings, warnings and guidance I have received through the years have led to my treasuring His influence in my life. I am so glad to know that God knows us and loves us, each of us as individuals, that He watches over us, and that He gives us the guidance we need, prophets, scriptures and our own personal revelation. He will never turn His back on us.

How I live my faith

The Lord has blessed me with a situation in life where I have time to do many things. This was not always true, of course. When my children were small I often felt that there were not enough hours in the day! Now, however, that I have more leisure time, it is important to me to use that time well. There are things I do for "myself" like going to the church and studying the scriptures and teaching of the prophets. I try to pray on my own every day as well as praying with my husband. It is important to both of us to seek the guidance of the Lord, so that we will be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and also to the needs of the people with whom we associate. I teach children in my local church unit. (Ward) At present I am able to team tech with my husband and we both enjoy this. This is a wonderful challenge and privilege for us. We work hard and pray earnestly about our lessons. Heavenly Father knows what and how we should be teaching - it is up to us to ask and then listen well. I love to teach and am always glad for opportunities to do this. I have also enjoyed working with cub scouts, and helping to organize activities for families and also for single young adults.

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