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Hi I'm Colleen

I'm a high school counselor, farmer, wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I work full time as a high school counselor. I never planned on being a school counselor, but the opportunity was opened for me and I had to take it. I don't think I could ever walk away from it; my job allows me to work with youth as they are figuring out their own life goals. It allows me to help them with their problems, and keeps me mentally sharp as I continually learning about different academic opportunities, current social trends, and counseling strategies.I am blessed to have a service oriented job, which provides me with numerous rewarding experiences. I am a farmer too, which was not in the plans either! We have a smaller, hobby farm with chickens, cows, goats, cats and dogs. We grow our own hay, which means we are a self-sustaining farm. Farm work is never ending and because our animals rely on us, it sometimes interrupts our plans. The rewards of farming far exceed the frustrations. It helps me to unwind as I interact with the animals, enjoy the outdoors and connect with the creations of our loving Heavenly Father. I am wife to an amazing husband, who also works full time and runs the farm. He and I are an equal team, sharing daily responsibilities from housework, to getting the kids where they need to be and farming alongside each other. I love that people notice our teamwork in our marriage. I am a mom of 2 boys, who give me my daily dose of laughter and smiles. They are learning the importance of hard work by helping with the farm also.

Why I am a Mormon

The real reason I'm a Mormon? I accepted a challenge to read the Book of Mormon when I was 17. Upon finishing it, I prayed to have a confirmation that it was true. Before praying, I felt that it was true, but I was seeking a solid reassurance. I was about to leave home, without my parents to guide me. Although I had been brought up in a "relaxed" LDS home, I needed to know for myself that the Gospel was true. I was worried that I would get out on my own and be confused and lost. It was scary to start college in a different state, without any family nearby and I wanted to know if the Gospel was true, a bit of stability in a period where my life was going to change....a lot! I received that confirmation of truth for myself. It didn't come as a earth shaking experience, but a quiet comfort that allowed me to know that I could and should continue to attend church, continue to learn from the scriptures, and continue to live according to the Gospel principles. I'm Mormon now because I can not deny the things I have come to know through prayer, experiences, and others' examples.

How I live my faith

I LOVE helping in the local Mormon church. I am able to teach music to children ages 3-12. It is a wide age range, which makes it all that more fun and a little challenging! We use the Mormon Primary Children's Songbook, which has hundreds of wonderful songs. I am able to use games, pictures, memorization techniques and music concepts to teach them the songs. We perform to the entire congregation a few times a year. It is so fun to see the children excited to sing! I truly believe that music allows children (and adults) to express themselves when they can't find the words. It also allows them to feel emotions in a different way. I am also a visiting teacher. This is where I have the opportunity to be assigned to visit other sisters in our church once a month to share a specific message and to check on their well-being. It is a wonderful opportunity to get to know people I might not have had a chance to. It is also a great way to interact with adults, after working with teens, teaching music to children, and being in mommy mode at home! My visiting teaching assignment is a great way to share ideas, talk about events, and increase testimonies of the Gospel.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

It is evident across the news that natural disasters are widespread and devastating. It is also known that we live in a time of economical instability, such as the recent recession a few years ago. For these reasons, it is important to be prepared to take care of yourself, your family, your neighbors when there might come a time of limited resources. I speak from experience as I am one who lived through the Loma Prieta quake in 1989. I saw 1st hand the need to help neighbors. We gathered together on our street, pooled our resources and made sure that everyone was taken care of until we were able to have power, gas, and food available again. Being prepared is a sense of security. It is more than just stockpiling food. It is having a plan in place. What would we eat? where would we seek shelter?Would we have access to money? How much fuel do we have for heat? All these preparations make the experience of a natural disaster a little easier to face. In times of economic trouble, a prepared family will have stored resources to tap in to when their budget is tighter. I have known families who have gone through job layoffs and needed to rely on their food storage until they were able to secure work again. Preparedness is not paranoia, it is being responsible and realistic. No one is exempt from tough times and how nice it is to know that you can be prepared so that life can remain somewhat normal during hard times. Show more Show less