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Hi I'm Nancy Cole

I grew up in northern New York State. I'm employed as a financial analyst. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 3 adult children in their mid to late twenties, all single with two currently living at home, struggling to launch their “adult lives” after completing college/graduate school. When my husband passed away unexpectedly 4 years ago, I returned to the workforce full-time after an early retirement 5 years prior to his death. I am fortunate to have my 93 year-old mother living near me. Since all my siblings and other family members live on the other side of the country, I tend to all my mom’s needs. I try to spend as much time with her as possible on the week-ends, usually just talking with her at her home as her limited mobility makes it difficult for her to get around. Top on my list of activities I enjoy are outdoor activities. I like to swim, bike, hike, take walks, garden, and roller blade. Even though I don’t get to do it very often, I also enjoy kayaking. I always have a book underway, tending to read mostly fiction, but do also enjoy the occasional biography or non-fiction. I got a Kindle last year and love it! Sewing is another hobby of mine, even though now it tends to be more mending or sewing home accents than clothes. I also enjoy traveling and love to explore new places and seek out new experiences. As my husband and I raised our family, his career took us from one U.S coast to the other, living in 5 locations in 4 states. Living in different places has made me realize how much people have in common no matter where they call home.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Congregational Church and first attended the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints with my boyfriend, a Mormon, when I was 18. What first attracted me to him was his kindness towards everyone, his high moral standards, and his devotion to his family. By age 24, I married my boyfriend, we were living in Provo, Utah, and I was attending Brigham Young University for my graduate degree. Living where 90%+ of the population was Mormon, everyone assumed I was also a Mormon. When people found out I wasn’t, the typical reaction was “But you look like a Mormon.” After the birth of our children, I started to attend church with my husband and children. Even though I was not a member, I had callings where I could participate in the Church. For example, at one time I was editor of the monthly newsletter. At the baptism of my oldest daughter, I gave a talk on the Holy Ghost. Over the years, various missionaries gave me the discussion lessons, and I would read parts of the Book of Mormon. However, I never got down on my knees to ask in earnest prayer if it was true. I think I was too scared to do that, because I knew deep in my heart that I would receive the confirmation that it was and I was not ready for that change in my life. As my children got into their teens and my life became very hectic, I found myself letting my husband take our children to church while I stayed home and caught up on housework. Then a crisis hit my life and I instinctively turned to the Lord for help. I knew following his teaching was the only way out of my struggles. I went to Church for the first time in several years and asked the missionaries to teach me the discussions once again. I was baptized at age 47, almost 30 years after attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for the first time. Coping with the trials from my husband’s death 6 years later has strengthened my testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel and the power of prayer.

How I live my faith

Two scriptures I was drawn to on living my faith talk about service: 1 John 3: 18 ‘My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue, but in deed and in truth’ and Proverbs 11:25 ‘ …he that watereth shall be watered also himself.’ I am fortunate to have a wonderful calling in the Church where I learn and grow from teaching children in our Sunday School program. They are an energetic group who are so eager to learn about the gospel. As I prepare each lesson, I have the opportunity to study the gospel myself while seeking out the best way to convey the message to my class. As we talk about the lesson, I find myself amazed by their knowledge of the gospel at such a young age and their commitment to choose the right. Their dedication to reading the scriptures, praying daily, attending church each Sunday, helping out at home, and following the commandments serves as an example to me and a weekly reminder of what the Lord desires of each one of us. Another opportunity I have to serve is by visiting two members (women) each month to bring them a short message, visit with them, and help them out in any way they are in need. These visits start with the intention of lasting just a short time, but usually extend longer as we enjoy each other’s friendship. Again, they are a time of inspiration as we learn and grow from one another. These are structured opportunities for me to serve others in the Church, but I have also been blessed with opportunities within the community, such as serving as PTA president, volunteering at the library, taking a disabled neighbor to the store, and providing meals to a friend, where I have received so much more than I have given. As found in Matthew 22: 37-39 ‘Jesus said unto him, thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Nancy Cole
The Word of Wisdom is a guideline to use when making decisions about what to put into your body. It includes foods which are good to eat and which substances are not good for the human body; it calls for moderation and common sense in matters of health and nutrition. But it is more than just a guideline because it comes with a promise. To those who obey the Word of Wisdom, the Lord promises health, protection, knowledge, and wisdom. We need to be good stewards of the body the Lord has given us for it is an essential part of the plan for eternal progression. By keeping our body clean and pure, we show our love and gratitude to the Lord. The Word of Wisdom applies to every member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and must be agreed to be followed prior to baptism. However, one does not need to be a Mormon to follow the Word of Wisdom. The Word of Wisdom is recorded in Doctrine and Covenants, Section 89. Show more Show less