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Hi I'm Helen

I have lived in big cities and small towns. I love the contrasts and variety that bring great richness to my life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Helen. I come from a large family with nine siblings, one of whom died in infancy. For me, life is about finding harmony amidst diversity. I love variety in color, foods, and opportunities. I love learning of differences in traditions, cultures, and histories. I marvel at the natural and distinctive beauty of places I have visited. I am fascinated by people – our differences in thoughts, interests, and life experiences. And yet, with all these differences it is remarkable how similar we are. It’s this common ground, these shared interests that makes friendships and relationships meaningful for me. I get to work with people from across the USA who help struggling families gain skills for a healthier life. I like my work because it provides me the opportunity to give back, to serve others. I had a happy childhood. Lessons from my youth are important to me now. Examples are the worth of each person, the joy of work, and the power of gratitude. Having lived away from family for most of my life, I consider the telephone a great invention. In spare time, I enjoy dancing, hiking, reading, and other activities that strengthen the body, mind, and spirit. Most of all I enjoy being with or talking to friends and family.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from several generations of Mormons who sacrificed much to live what they believed and provided for their families both physically and spiritually. Beyond what I was taught, I also have always had a sense of the reality of God - that He is the Giver of all that is good and Healer for all that is difficult, unjust, or unfair. As a very young child, I sensed that we are each children of the same Eternal Father and that every person on earth is as important to Him as I am. So I need to see the good and try to love others as He does. Even with a strong foundation, I have learned that faith is an individual matter. The question for me is why I have chosen to remain an active Mormon. Through study, application, and life experience, I have come to understand and trust in the truths of this Church. I find it remarkable that we can have a personal relationship with God through prayer and our desire to learn His ways and follow Him. I am grateful for prophets today, just as existed anciently, and that God cares and helps His children across the centuries. I’m grateful that family relationships can last forever. I am humbled as I consider how much God has guided, strengthened, and corrected me. He has been with me in difficult times, helped me achieve impossible tasks, and expanded my capacity to be grateful. I take comfort in knowing that I am not alone and that ultimately things will work out as I stay true to God and constantly seek to do my best. I take even greater comfort in knowing that these same blessings are available to all of God’s children if they seek them. With all the uncertainty and changes in beliefs and values in our world today, I cling to the great truths that Jesus is the Christ, He loves us, and He can and will help us as no one else can. Finally, I am an active Mormon because this religion helps me better understand, value, and learn from others whose lives intersect mine.

How I live my faith

The only way I know to live my faith is to try to apply it in all that I do. To live what I believe – to incorporate the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ into every part of my day and to how I treat others – is not easy, but is important to me. Personal prayer is vital as a means of expressing gratitude, seeking answers to difficult questions, and determining how I might improve personally and be supportive to others. Keeping covenants or commitments that I have made in how I spend my Sundays and fulfill church assignments and other responsibilities are also essential. I have been greatly blessed by God, and so my life needs to be one of service. Being an active member of this Church requires a commitment of time and resources, of doing all that I’m asked to do, even when not convenient, and of living a life that is somewhat different from current social mores. But I have found that trying to apply my faith to every facet of my life brings me the greatest sense of happiness, peace, security, and fulfillment, and so it is worth the effort.