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Hi I'm Colette Burnham

I am a daughter of hard-working, faith-filled parents who farmed. I'm a Mormon who loves my faith, family and freedom.

About Me

I have been blessed with the ability to love and to do many things. I have a great love for people, music, choirs, sports, photography, creating slideshows, cooking, and learning about food and health. Since my early years on the farm I have grown to LOVE hard work. My greatest love and gift though is my family. I am the mother of seven children, six on earth and one in heaven. Our third child was diagnosed with cancer (a brain tumour) shortly after his second birthday. He lived for 19 months after diagnosis. Although it was a time of pain and longing, it was also a time of heaven in our home. Our young family became familiar with the Holy Ghost as "the comforter" in our lives. We also witnessed that "even babes did open their mouths and utter marvelous things; (3 Nephi 26:16), and that God did indeed "ease the burdens which [were] put upon [our] shoulder[s], that even [we could not] feel them upon [our] backs, [that we knew and we know of a surety that... the Lord God, [does] visit [his] people in their afflictions. And now it came to pass that the burdens which were laid upon [me and my little family] were made light; yea, the Lord did strengthen [us] that [we] could bear up [our] burdens with ease..." Mosiah 24:14-15. I do stand as a witness that God loves His children, that He is very aware of our pains, sufferings and needs and that He will strengthen us during our long dark hours of need.

Why I am a Mormon

I love being a Mormon and am one because I believe the tenets of our faith. I believe in a living God who indeed gave His only begotten son. I believe that our lives on this earth are by no means coincidence and they are only a small segment of our eternal existence... that there is continued life after this life. I not only believe in the vital process of faith, hope and charity, but I also believe in the process of faith, repentance, baptism and the gift of the Holy Ghost. I believe in living prophets and continued revelation. My belief in these things began at a very early age, but my understanding, conversion and change of heart has been a lifelong journey of learning by study, by faith, by observing people, and by personal experience. One of my favorite scriptures is found in the Book of Mormon in the book of Ether 12:27 which says: "And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them." Personally, over the years I have had too many answers to prayers not to praise Him; too many miracles not to marvel; too much comfort in times of crisis to criticize Him; too much of His love to let Him down, and too much grace to give Him up.

How I live my faith

My life has been very blessed by being able to work with and serve many people of all ages throughout my years in the Mormon Faith. Throughout their lives, people in the church are allowed many opportunities to give of themselves to help others. It's been my rich blessing to help through teaching toddlers, children, youth, young adults, and adults. Music is also a great blessing and gift which I've gladly shared by conducting adult and youth choirs, and playing the organ for church services. One of my favorite continual opportunities over the past few decades has been serving through the visiting teaching program of the church. We are assigned each month to visit a few women, to get to know them, become a trusted friend, ensure that they are doing ok and that their physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being met. It is a marvelous way to get to know many women who become close friends in time. Through this opportunity I've learned to love not judge others. As people's lives unfold and you get to know their story, love and understanding increase and with that increase comes compassion. I love this assignment because I believe the Savior needs people on this earth to be His hands, His heart and His feet.