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Hi I'm Beverly Ann Markham

I'm a Mormon. I was raised in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia and I joined the church in Australia in 1964.

About Me

I am the mother or two adopted children and grandmother to three very lively grandchildren. I like to do genealogy and I also like to do quilting. I have served as president of two different quilt guilds and president of a Craftsmans Guild, and recently as assistant director of the Family History Center in my city. I have taught genealogy classes for the past 12 years and participate in the Rootsmagic Users Group in my city. I have followed the following crafts over the years - tatting, crochet, weaving, dollmaking, dressmaking and I am a beautician. For 4 years, I had a small business making anatomically correct dolls for therapeutic use with sexually abused persons. I won a scholarship to college through a writing contest and I have a BA and have attended graduate school. I served a mission in Japan and am presently serving a mission with my husband in Maine, USA. We are digitizing the archives of Maine.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church mostly because I could not find solace or comforting truth in the religions I had investigated. My major concern was "Where had my mother gone after she died" and what will become of me? When the missionaries came to my door, I felt 'compelled' to go with them. It was a feeling that said "They have come for you because you have been searching and asking for answers to life's questions, and you need to listen". I felt like I had come home and there was no need to look further. I am glad I was able to listen to the message of the restored gospel and join the church. It has been the greatest blessing in my life.

How I live my faith

I have been actively involved with the family history activities in my community. I have also served as a Sunday school teacher, President of the young women's activities and at another time President of the Women's organization. I was delighted to serve as a missionary in Japan and after 42 years I still speak Japanese fluently. I am presently serving as a missionary with my husband in the State of Maine, working in the Maine State Archives doing records preservation.