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Hi I'm Phyllis

I'm a single mom. I drive a Red Mustang. I love to BBQ all year 'round. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full-time as an IT project manager, and in my spare time I love going to movies with my daughter and cooking BBQ for friends. I was raised a Nebraska Cornhusker so naturally college football is a big deal. My parents and 3 brothers still live there.

Why I am a Mormon

There weren't any Mormons in my hometown, but we were raised with many of the same principles: a strong work ethic, a desire to serve others, and a lifestyle of self-sufficiency and righteousness. After I left home and headed out on my own, my church attendance waned. Throughout the years, I searched for a church home but never found a church that really felt comfortable for me. In April 2011, I met two missionaries who shared the Book of Mormon with me. It wasn't until August that I even opened it, but by mid September, I had come to know the words of that book are true. With the help of the missionaries and local church members my daughter and I were invited to join in church activities that opened my eyes to the joy of belonging to the church. On October 22, I was baptized.

How I live my faith

My faith is the foundation for everything I do: work, parent, socialize, write, and teach. Because I am new to the church, I have much to learn, and I make it a practice to read and study materials related to scripture every day. My recent conversion has given me the strength to overcome many addictions. In recovery, my mind has become so much clearer, and I am experiencing life with renewed joy and interest. My relationships with my family, my coworkers, and my friends and neighbors are enriched by my renewed faith.

What will the Mormon missionaries talk about when they visit my home?

Missionaries will listen to what you have to say. If you have questions, they will do their best to answer them. They will offer uplifting prayers, invite you to church functions, and give you as much guidance as you need in your quest to understand what the LDS church is all about. If there are church members who they think can identify with your individual circumstance, they will invite them to come along for a visit so you can find out more about the church from a neighbor's perspective. Missionaries are patient and kind; never pushy or unpleasant. Every one of them will greet you with a smile no matter what. They love the gospel, and they will consider you another of God's children and will guide you however you need to be guided in order to learn about the gospel. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

The Relief Society is the oldest and largest women's organization in the world. Its purpose is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and homes, and help those in need. Relief Society Sisters lift each other up, welcome new members with open arms, and encourage all women to do their best to learn and grow in their faith. As a woman, membership to the LDS church means an added layer of strength in becoming a part of a group of strong, self-reliant, smart women who empower each other. The organization thrives through individual contribution, which means that your talents and interests are recognized and put to use in many exciting and fulfilling ways. Show more Show less