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Hi I'm Claudia

I love families and music. I have twelve children and 44 grandchildren! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a happy family with nine brothers and sisters. I earned a teaching degree at a university, then married and had twelve children. We never planned on having that many. They were just so much fun that we kept having them! I have always loved music. I play flute, piano, organ, and sing. I taught my children to sing and used my skills to create musical productions. Our family recorded an album and a DVD (Fortress of Love). Eventually we ended up singing around the world for several years. Our message was the importance of family. We sang for large international UN Conferences, CNN International, world leaders, International World Family Conferences, and for Pope John Paul II in a private audience. We also sang for orphanages, AIDS victims, earthquake survivors, street children, and the terminally ill. One of the strongest convictions I gained in meeting people on every continent is that we are all children of a Heavenly Father who loves each of us dearly. I also love to write. I have published a book (Parting the Red Sea One Bucket at a Time) and two magazine articles. I also wrote monthly for an online magazine, Meridian Magazine, for five years. Now my children are all grown and gone, and I have 44 grandchildren. They truly are a joy to me!

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a 6th-generation Mormon. My great-great-great-grandparents were taught and baptized by the Prophet Joseph Smith himself in the early 1800s. All my direct ancestors since that time have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. But that is not why I am a Mormon. Everyone has to take their own journey to conversion. I am a Mormon because I know for myself—through my own diligent study, prayer, service, commitment, and experience—that it is true! I am a Mormon because I love God with all my heart, and I love His Plan of Happiness for each of us! It’s the easiest way to live. Having a direct connection to heaven whenever you need it is awesome. I still have my challenges, like everyone else. But deep down I don’t worry, because I know I am living so that I can call upon the Powers of Heaven whenever I need them. Being a Mormon makes me so happy I feel like shouting, “Do you know how wonderful life is? Rejoice! God loves you!”

How I live my faith

Just as a tree thrives on sunshine, good soil, and water, faith grows as it is fed and nurtured. Since I was young I have read from the scriptures daily. At first it was hard and felt like a duty. Establishing new habits is always challenging, but after a few weeks I began to look forward to that time and treasure it. Feasting on the word of God has become a lifelong habit of joy. I find that my days always go better if I begin them with scripture study. The principles I have learned from the scriptures have strengthened me immeasurably during troubled times. Prayer is also a priceless part of my day. I begin each morning by talking to my Heavenly Father. I feel His love and often have quiet ideas come to me concerning things I need to do or ways to deal with challenges facing me. Before retiring to bed, I again pray to my Heavenly Father, recounting my activities and thanking Him for His blessings to me. Other activities that greatly strengthen my faith are weekly family home evenings, regular temple worship, writing in my journal, attending church meetings, family history, and serving those around me. One of my favorite things about our church is that everyone has a chance to serve. It helps us all to increase our talents and our love for each other. Some of my favorite callings have included: teaching the youth in a daily early morning religion class, teaching lessons in Sunday School, to the youth, and in the women's organization. I have also enjoyed leadership experiences in various organizations and playing the organ or piano, or leading the singing for worship services. Serving others is one of the best ways to learn to love them. I feel very close to the members of my ward. Because I love the gospel so much, I am serving a full-time mission to share that message with others. I am so excited that I can hardly contain myself! My mission is in Nauvoo, IL from April 2015 to October 2016.