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Hi I'm Iris Kay Smith Stratton

I grew up in Greenwood, South Carolina and I taught art in the public school system for 30 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have three children: two daughters and a son. Our fourth grandchild will be born in May. We are both retired. My husband was in law enforcement and I was an art teacher. I am a calligrapher and enjoy addressing wedding invitations for extra income. We enjoy spending time with our grandchildren. My husband's father lives with us and he enjoys time with the family. We weekly play games such as skipbo, golf card game, hands and foot (a variation of canasta) 3-13, phase 10, etc. My son, his wife and myself are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

During my son's senior year in high school he asked me this question, "do you want me to be on drugs or alcohol or do you want me to join this church (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints)?" We were members of another faith and he felt that his fellow church friends were going to church because their parents were making them attend and not because they were dedicated christians. They weren't living christian lives seven days a week. My son had been speaking with a member of LDS during lunch time and was interested in what he heard. He was baptized by this individual and began attending seminary. When January rolled around, I decided to investigate the church. I investigated for nine months, I had to see for myself if the church was true. I became very attached to two beautiful young ladies from out west who were on a mission. Both of them have four children each in Utah and in Arizona. I can't wait to go and visit them, I hope to do that soon. Before the girls got transferred I needed to get baptized, so the day before one was to leave I was baptized by my son on Sept. 14, 1998. One year later, in December, my son and I had our endowments before he left for his mission to Brazil for two years.

How I live my faith

Heavenly Father has given me opportunities to serve in my community. When a member passed, I took her place in a civic group which serves others. It is titled "Sertoma," which stands for "Service to Mankind." The group raises money for area charities. For five years now, I have been volunteering at the Greenwood Soup Kitchen every Wednesday. After the soup kitchen, I carry food to a number of people who are unable to get there. I currently am the secretary in Relief Society (the Church's women's organization). In addition, I serve as unit commissioner for the scouts as well as chorister in Relief Society's Sunday meetings and I sing in the church choir.