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Hi I'm Nancy

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small farming community, our home nestled amidst potato, onion and barley fields. An only daughter and the baby in my family afforded me love and security in my growing up years. My post-Depression parents passed on to my brothers and me their values of hard work, self-suffiency, honesty and integrity. I was involved in our community through 4-H, and through my parents' community service. I graduated from high school and have some post-high school education. I met my husband (a lifelong member of the LDS Church) while in high school. We began dating as sophomores, and have been together since. He introduced me to the church and eventually baptized me. Our eternal family began when we were sealed as a couple only a year after I was baptized. I have been blessed to be a stay-at-home mom since the day our first of five children was born. We now have three granddaughters, with another grandchild on the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I wasn't really raised with any religion per se, I only occasionally attended a Presbyterian church on Easter and Christmas, and once at a Baptist summer camp. I seemed to gravitate toward spiritual things. I remember reading (as best as I could understand) a Bible that my grandmother gave to me. I also remember kneeling to pray in my bedroom, unprompted by my parents. One summer I volunteered as a youth leader at the local Presbyterian church. While dating my lifelong Latter Day Saint boyfriend in high school, he introduced me to his church. His beliefs were intriguing to me. I was drawn to the closeness of his family, and to the fun activities his youth group held. What really grabbed my attention though, was when he began to talk about eternal families. THAT was something about which I'd never heard. I was very much in love with him (my future husband), and being with him for eternity was definitely something I wanted to learn more about. I took a couple of the discussions from the Latter Day Saint missionaries, but when approval was needed from my parents to continue, they declined. I was frustrated, but they didn't restrict me from continuing to date my boyfriend. (Good thing, because I was headstrong enough that I would have done it anyway!) Mom and Dad continued to be concerned, attempting to get me to attend a Presbyterian catechism class that a few of my classmates were attending. I was old enough to understand their attempts to distract me and resisted. My boyfriend and I continued to date and we married after two years of college. Only a few months after we were married, he baptized me a member the Church. And then, only one year after I was baptized, we were sealed together in the Seattle Temple, the same year it was dedicated. My eternal family had begun.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the Relief Society (the women's organization) president in our ward. In our church we have a "watchcare" program (Visiting Teaching), where each woman is assigned one to four other women to watch over, befriend and love. As a Relief Society president, it's one of my responsibilities to match these sisters up to take care of one another. I've been in awe at the quiet acts of service the women have done for each other, and I realize I have much to learn from them. I've learned that I MUST rely on Heavenly Father's guidance in my own life, and to help lead His daughters. I occasionally grow frustrated when I feel I'm not hearing Him, or that maybe He's not answering my prayers. But I am continually reminded in very quiet but undeniable ways, that my life is in His hands, and I must trust. As long as I am doing everything in my power to live the way He wants me to, He will guide my thoughts, words and actions. I love Him, and I am in awe of the unconditional love He has for us, His children.