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Hi I'm Ilene

I live on an almond and pistachio farm. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up with dreams of traveling the world, doing humanitarian work. I got my bachelor's degree in nursing and did some studying abroad during my education, then met the love of my life. I'm married with three children and I love my life. I never imagined I'd marry a farmer, but I love learning more about the land and realizing how our food is grown and what it takes to get food to the grocery store shelves. Hopefully I'll get to travel the world more later on in life!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were Mormons, and my ancestors converted to the church in the 1800's. I grew up going to church with my family and was blessed to recognize feelings of the Holy Ghost, even as a young child. I had experiences where I felt really warm and good inside, like I was being hugged from an unknown being. I knew that was the Holy Ghost testifying to me of the truth of what I was hearing or reading. When I go to church and listen to the talks given, when I read and study the Bible and Book of Mormon, and especially when I sing or hear music about Christ and his gospel, I feel that same Spirit, the Holy Ghost. I served a mission for our church in Fukuoka, Japan. As a missionary, sometimes I would question if what I was teaching was really true, as I testified each day. Through prayer, and pondering, and living the gospel, I came to know even more that this is truly the Lord's restored gospel on the earth. I realized that when I go to church, and pray, and have faith, and try to learn more about God and follow the commandments, I am happy. When I stop doing those things, or when I think maybe there isn't a God in heaven who loves us, I am miserable. As it says in the Bible, John 7:17 "If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself" I have come to know the truth of the doctrine by trying to live it and from living it, recognizing how much happier I am, and how I can handle the trials of life better.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith each day by looking for ways to serve those around me. I don't have any close family members closer than an 8 hour drive, so I try to help my neighbors and serve them as if they were my siblings. When I do that, I get to know them better and they are there to help me out when I need a hand. In our church, my current calling to serve is over all the children that attend our ward. I get to teach a short lesson every few weeks, and make sure the teachers of all the classes are there, and do sort of administrative stuff. I love getting to know the children and hearing what they are learning. I enjoy going to visit the children in their homes, especially the ones who don't come as often to invite them to come to church and learn about Jesus. I am amazed at how well the children can tell me scripture stories from what they learn in their classes.

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Just as there were prophets in the Old Testament, there is a living prophet today, President Thomas S. Monson. Some may think it is strange for us to believe there is a prophet of God on the earth today. I think it is wonderful! God loves us today just as he loved the people thousands of years ago, and wants to guide us through a prophet. We get to hear Pres. Monson speak in General Conference twice a year, and it is always a good experience for me. I know he is called of God and I believe the world is in need of a living prophet today as much as, if not more, than it was when Moses lived on the earth. Show more Show less