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Hi I'm Pam Smith

I'm a polio survivor, a caregiver and grandma of 18. I lived in South America for 5 years and l'm a Mormon!

About Me

I was raised in California and enjoy the beach. Collecting shells is one of my hobbies. My greatest contribution to this world comes from raising four incredible children who continue to amaze me! They are only surpassed by my 18 awesome grandchildren! I lived in South America for 5 years so I learned to speak Spanish. For 6 years I taught English as a Second Language at our local library. I love my Hispanic friends! The past 15 years I devoted much of my time and energy to my parents as their caregiver. It was challenging beyond words but rewarding at the same time. They are 92 and 90 years old now and recently entered a nursing home where I continue to enjoy visiting them. This summer they celebrated 70 years of marriage and are still very much in love. My husband is a wonderful man who supports me in my goals and builds me up when I doubt myself. We have been married for 47 years and look forward to sharing old age and eternity together!

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I am a member because of my own personal witness that it is Christ's Church on earth. I was blessed with the gift of faith and never really doubted the gospel. When I read the Book of Mormon and prayed about it's truthfulness is when I had a testimony and I've never looked back. There is no way to express the peace, joy and confidence that comes from living Christ's teachings. I know that my Heavenly Father loves each of His children, that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer and this gives me a hope of returning to Their presence when my time on earth is done. Through the earthly ordinances performed in the temple by worthy men who possess the restored Priesthood, I know that families can be united together in heavenly realms. I want to associate with my family forever and ever!

How I live my faith

When my husband and I married in 1965 we set a goal of serving missions for our Church after we raised our family and retired from work. Because of our caregiving, we have not been able to leave home or return to South America as missionaries. We are SO blessed now to be serving a Church service mission at the Orlando Temple. We serve 5 days a week and are experiencing the joy that comes from sacrificing, giving of self, and showing our love for the Lord. Over the years I have learned much about charity, dedication and stewardship from serving in the Church's women's and children's organizations. I try to live my faith by treating others kindly, with the respect they deserve as a child of God.