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Hi I'm Yvonne

I am a born and bred southerner, a retired partner of an insurance agency, a free-lance writer, genealogist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 3 grown sons who have children of their own. Before retirement, I was a partner in an independent insurance agency in a small rural southern town. After the sale of our agency, I moved back to the town where I grew up and loved. With lots of extra time on my hands, I began to do something I'd always wanted to do...write. Recently, I sold my first two articles to a regional magazine, and I've written an academic article for a genealogical association. I'm an avid family historian and blogger and love digging in my yard, "junking" (the new buzz word that used to be "antiquing") and decorating.

Why I am a Mormon

I am an only child who lost both parents before the age of 21. Shortly after my mother's death, I relocated with my husband and my son away from my home town to a town some 4 hours away from where I'd always lived. After relocating, we searched to find a church to attend. We were Southern Baptists, but no church we visited left us with that warm, fuzzy feeling we so desired to help us through the transition of the move. After a near-fatal accident in the nuclear power plant where my husband was employed, the missionaries knocked on our door. We were more 'nice' than interested in what they had to say...southerners tend to be polite like this. It didn't take me very long to become interested in the story they had to share with us. Even though they tried to plan our visits and their teaching around a slower schedule, I had a burning desire for them to visit daily and share every piece of information they knew. They encouraged us to read, study, and pray about all they were teaching us. They admonished us to be diligent in our prayers and our desire to find out for ourselves whether or not the teachings were true. After a few weeks, they began asking if we had any special feelings about what we'd learned. Each time, my answer was the same, "no." Nothing had happened to confirm the truth to me. About 3 months after their initial visit, they asked the same question of me, and when I opened my mouth to tell them "No," a warm, enveloping feeling overcame me, and I burst into tears. At that moment I knew the story of the Restored Gospel was true; I knew that Joseph Smith was a Prophet, and I knew that the Book of Mormon was a second Testament of our Savior. In that one instant, 33 years ago, a confirmation was given to me about the Truth and the Gospel that I've never forgotten. In the years since, I've not always made the right decisions or chosen the right paths, but the one constant in my life has been the Testimony of the Truth that burned in my heart that day.

How I live my faith

Family bonds are important to me. I'm a family history instructor, presenter and Stake Family History Center Director. I teach others how to begin their genealogy and family history and how to use the tools available to them to find their ancestors. I am actively compiling histories of families and village residents of a 1900s southern textile mill village to help maintain our community's history, and I founded and administer a research project to document families who filed 1906 Eastern Cherokee applications.