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Hi I'm Coleen

I'm a pediatric nurse, a wife, a skier, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Though I live 5 minutes away from the capital hub of Mormons, I don't consider myself surrounded by Mormons. I live in a neighborhood with a variety of cultures, races, backgrounds, and religions. I love to meet new people, I learn so much from interacting with others. That's one reason I love my job as a nurse. I get to meet new people everyday, awesome parents (often first time parents) taking it one day at a time, learning what it means to be a be a parent. And of course- their cute kids. I love the way children see the world, and being with them helps me to look at life differently. When I'm not in the hospital I love to ski in the mountains and enjoying kayaking on the ocean. I love the beach! Any type of beach, in any weather. The lapping water refreshes me as much as my yoga practice. Hiking and biking around woods and islands are also on the list of favorites . I enjoy music, all kinds, and feel especially in love with life when my husband cooks dinner (which is often) and dances with me in the kitchen.

Why I am a Mormon

Having a type "A" personality, I always enjoyed going to church, every meeting and activity, because that is what others expected me to do. Lucky for me, these meetings, events, activities, camps, and firesides contained some strong stuff to start me out on my own testimony. I remember feeling an overwhelming love from some of my youth leaders in the church, and learning over time that this love comes from my Father in Heaven. I prayed to Him more earnestly my teenage years, and came to recognize and understand the love He has for me, along with other answers to my prayers. As this love and knowledge of the grew I wanted to share it with others. I had a testimony of Joseph Smith being the prophet of the restoration, and Jesus Christ being our Savior, but these feelings were magnified and solidified when I served as a missionary for the church. I love teaching the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I love to see the change it inspires in people. I love the happiness it brings. I love the true, peaceful spirit that is felt when gospel principles are shared. Although being a Mormon does not automatically mean life is easy, it means I know my reason for living. I have a greater understanding for my trials, and I know that my increased patience and faith will bring me closer to the Lord. I love knowing I can be with my family forever, being sealed in the temple by proper authority means my husband and I will never be separated, if we live up to our privileges. This brings me joy!

How I live my faith

Everyday experiences throughout my life have taught and reinforced gospel principles: serving others with my time, banana bread, a listening ear, or organizing an event. Helping a family move, taking care of kids, writing a letter (or email) to a friends who's been on my mind, or preparing a lesson for the Sunday, or family night. These everyday activities aren't done just on Sunday, they help create balance through-out my week. I try to daily study the words of ancient prophets in the scriptures, I also study the words of the living prophets, from recent General Conference addresses. I strive to become more like Christ each day, and get a lot of practice being married. I am working on become less selfish and more loving and forgiving, as my spouse and I work together to have a safe haven spirit in our home.