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Hi I'm Bernice

I am a retired elementary teacher, mother of three daughters, twelve grandchildren,four great grandchildren and "I'm a Mormon."

About Me

I have three wonderful daughters and a fantastic step-daughter who have given me 12 beautiful grandchildren. Last year, I decided it was time to retire from teaching. I miss my little rugrats and the wonderful peers who have become life long friends. Now, I am staying home with my husband who is experiencing serious health problems and spending more time with my grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I did not attend church as a child. When I married, I went to a protestant church with my wonderful mother-in-law for twelve years. After getting a divorce, I did not attend church on a regular basis. During my second marriage, my husband, youngest daughter, and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I already believed in God and Jesus Christ, but the missionaries from the Church filled in gaps that I had always found confusing. They explained that God did still talk to prophets today; that Jesus, God, and the Holy Spirit worked together in purpose but were three different beings; and that families could live together forever. They invited us to read the Book of Mormon and to pray about its truths. Following several sets of missionaries and many prayers, we joined the church. We are so grateful to the first prophet, Joseph Smith, who was commanded by Heavenly Father to restore his church here on earth.

How I live my faith

I used to think you could learn the gospel just by sitting in church and absorbing what other people teach, but I've learned that it actually takes work. So, I try to spend my time studying my scriptures, reading books about the gospel, and learning lessons from the missionaries. It's also important to go to church regularly to keep learning and growing. We also devote a great deal of time to our family. We are fortunate enough to live close to all of our adult children, and we take great joy in spending time with them and our grandchildren. You can often find us going to grandparent lunches at the elementary school, attending ball games or school plays, roasting s'mores by our middle daughter's fire pit, and babysitting the little ones. The gospel teaches that our family relationships are the most important on earth, and we feel so blessed that we can spend such priceless time with our children and grandchildren and also have the comfort that we can live together forever someday.