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Hi I'm Betsy

I am a business woman, a widow, a mother, a grandmother, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I married my High School Sweetheart when he was 18 and I was 20. We were sent 4 sons to raise, or shall I say raise us! Our lives revolved around our sons varied interest, the building of timber frame homes and my 21 years of dance studio ownership. My 4 adult sons, our two daughter in laws, three grandchildren, and I lost our best friend, father and husband 3 years ago to a sudden diagnosis of Pancreatic Cancer. My challenges have not been unique to those who have lost a strong loving family member. My choice has been to "celebrate" and cherish his memory in different ways that make us sometime laugh and always smile. Each birthday and Christmas my grandchildren get special gifts sent directly from Heaven from "you know who". My sweet sister in law introduced me to the Dr. Seuss quote; "don't cry because it is over smile because it happened". Of course I have cried and mourned because I am mortal. Had it not been for the deep seeded faith I have in Eternal Families, my pain would be inconsolable. In my life, I am finding joy in people and places I might never have known. Just the beauty in the sound of AnMama from my sweet grandchildren brings me to places in my soul that I know our family has to be Eternal.

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? There are many reasons. Mainly because the doctrine of this church has answered many questions starting in my childhood. But more importantly it has healed many wounds in my life and continues to do so. I remember the first time I found out that my future husband was "a Mormon". I could not believe what I was hearing! I was totally embarrassed that I was the one with "a MORMON"! Well, I thought, that will just have to change. We had many a discussion about religion after that! Only to find that I knew nothing about my own religion. We eventually broke up. We went our separate ways. It was in another state, while in college, that I met other Mormons and Missionaries. When I was a child, a Sunday tradition was to read Bible stories. One day Mama, read a child's version of a story about a war in Heaven (found in Revelations). I was intrigued. It was not until I was 19 years old that I again heard about a war in Heaven. I heard it in great depth from the Mormon Missionaries . I was raised by wonderful parents who actively taught me right from wrong. I heard many stories of Jesus. However, I never really understood how he did what he did for me. Again it was those same Mormon Missionaries that taught me about the Atonement through the additional teachings of Jesus Christ in the Book of Mormon. The Book of Mormon truly is, Another Testament of Jesus Christ. My testimony of the things I learned through Bible Stories as a child have only been strengthened and become more clear in my studies and service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. In the third verse of "How Firm a Foundation" the words speak so clearly to me. "Fear not I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed, for I am thy God and will still give thee aid, ... " Jesus Christ has strengthened me and now will help me to write another chapter in my life. Again filled with love, joy, and laughter! With lots of old -that would be my sons -and new family members.

How I live my faith

As a new small business owner with my son, I have the opportunity to interact with people that have known me for years in a new capacity, as well as meeting new people almost every day of the week. I go out of my way to make people feel loved and comfortable. I feel it an honor to share smiles and life experiences with others along life's sometime tangled roads. I have been asked by my church leaders to serve in a council of three women who travel to 8 of our central Georgia congregations. I adore meeting with women from different congregations, different cultures, and different circumstances in life. No matter who they are there is a common thread that we share, the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. Tomorrow will be a day of laughter for me. A good friend of mine and I will attempt to teach a new friend from Mongolia how to drive, in another friend's big red pick up truck - a truck that has already experienced a bump or two! I can't imagine a world without laughter and love. It is interesting to me,although I have abundance of friends who nourish my love for laughter and adventure, I sometimes feel lonely. That is when I know that I can ask my Heavenly Father to wrap His loving arms around me and send His angels to lift and lead me. Usually He lifts me and leads me to look for others who might need a hug or just a smile. I know that My Heavenly Father knows who I am and exactly what my needs are.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Through service, members lift one another’s burdens and express their love. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is organized just as it was when the Savior was on the earth. Our Savior sacrificed his entire life in service to others. Sacrifice is not always easy. However it allows us to understand more that sacrifice brings strength and courage. Exactly what we need to become the best people we possibly can be. Show more Show less

What is being a Mormon like?

Being a Mormon allows me to grow as a woman. I am encouraged to learn more about the Savior Jesus Christ and how I can best serve my family and friends. I find happiness in knowing that I can be a mother, mother- in- law, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, and business woman. I can be ME!!! Show more Show less