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Hi I'm Nancy Checketts

I'm 81 years old, a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a great-grandmother. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

I am 81 years old, a mother of 6, grandmother of 27, great-grandmother of 31. My husband and I have been married 61 years August 1, 2016. I feel blessed to have been a stay-at-home mother. We were both raised in families who weren't active in the Church, but a good friend and I attended Church together. My husband and his sister supported each other. I enjoy being with my husband and our family, gardening, cooking, reading, playing the piano, doing family history research, photographing flowers, and the wonders of the natural world. We are currently serving our 5th fulltime mission for the Church as senior missionaries. We served 2 years in the Philippines Cabanatuan mission doing Activation and Leadership; 1 year in the Tampa Florida mission also doing Activation and Leadership; 1 year in Kensington, Maryland as temple missionaries in the Washington D.C. temple; one year the North Carolina Charlotte mission as coordinators of the Employment Resource Center; and are currently serving in the Nauvoo, Illinois temple full time. We've loved these opportunities to serve together, and in each location have grown to love the people, the culture, and the history.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in a home where my mother was not active in the Church, and my father not a member. They never got along, and were divorced when I was a junior in High School. I know what that life is like, and wanted something better. My testimony of the truth of the gospel came little by little. I was blessed from as far back as I can remember to know that Jesus is my Savior. My best friend and I attended Church together. We had caring leaders who taught us. One of them especially encouraged temple marriage, and I set the goal to be married in the temple. When I was in college I read the Book of Mormon. While reading, I felt something that I'd never felt before --something that's hard to explain --an excitement, a peace, a knowledge that I was learning truth. My husband and I were married in the Logan temple, not until death parts us, but for time and all eternity. I know we will not be parted at death, and that our family will continue with us forever if we live worthy of that blessing. We have grown in the gospel together, and that is the constant part of our lives regardless of whatever else is happening. We pray together, read scriptures together, attend Church together, serve individually and together. In doing so, I have grown to have a knowledge that God hears and answers prayers; that Joseph Smith was truly a prophet who was given the responsibility to restore Christ's Church on the earth in our day; that we have a living prophet today. In times of trial I've found comfort and strength as my Savior has carried me when I didn't have the strength to go on myself. Because I've come to know all this for myself, I want to share this good news with others. The gospel is not just a part of my life, it is my life!

How I live my faith

I try to be a good neighbor, and look for the good in others. I support causes that I feel necessary to maintain our Constitutional rights. I'm especially passionate about reminding others of their obligation to get educated about issues and candidates, and to vote! Each election time when we're home, we invite friends to come to our home, and we go over the ballot issues and candidates, and share our opinions. My husband and I work at the polls each election. We live in a Senior Manufactured Home community, and attend Service Club there each month. One of my favorite callings was teaching 14 year olds in early morning Seminary for 4 years. That's teaching them from the scriptures 5 days a week during the school year. Before this mission, my husband and I served in the Newport Beach temple on Fridays. I was his Home Teaching companion, and we enjoyed visiting a single sister, and a couple in our community, and sharing a spiritual message with them monthly. I was a Visiting Teacher and visited sisters in our area each month with my companion, shared a message with them, and we were there to help when they needed us.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Nancy Checketts
Missionaries usually pay their own expenses. We encouraged our children to make and fund a missionary account from the time they were little. When 4 of our children served their missions, we also helped pay for them. We have a grandson serving in Brazil, and he came up short of funds for his mission. So different family members contribute monthly to his mission, and he also receives monthly financial help from the Young Adult congregation he attended before his mission. As a Senior missionary couple, we pay our own way -- rent, utilities, food, clothing, health, and car expenses. Some have complimented us on our sacrifices, but we don't consider it a sacrifice. The blessings received far exceed our contributions! Show more Show less