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Hi I'm Virginia

I've been married to my sweetheart for 45 years. We have 6 talented children and 26 sweet grandchildren. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am an Idaho farmgirl, born and raised. I love to have my hands in the soil and grow beautiful flowers and gardens. I grew up performing tasks that no one really does any more. We had milkcows and made our own butter, buttermilk and cottage cheese. We made our own soap using beef fat and lye over an open fire outside. We raised horses, cows, pigs, chickens, and sheep, and prepared them for storage and eating (except the horses). We raised, harvested and canned all of our vegetables and fruits. We learned to knit and crochet and quilt. We made our own clothes. We learned to work hard and appreciate the fruits of our labors - we now call that provident living. That is exactly what I taught my own children, and hope they teach it to their children. The end product of living close to the earth is that you appreciate what you have so much more because you know how much work went into producing it. You also grow closer to your Father in Heaven as you appreciate the beauties of the world around you.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to a family who was very active in the gospel of Jesus Christ. My ancestors on both my mother's and father's lines were faithful people who found and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in it's infancy. Many knew Joseph Smith and were with the early saints as they were moved and persecuted. However, even with that tradition and inheritance, I found that each person, no matter who you are, or what you inherited, has to find out for themselves if the church is really true. Each and every person has to have their own witness of the truths of the principles taught to them. I want you to know that I have searched, studied, and prayed to my Heavenly Father and I have received my witness that all that is associated with this church is true. I testify to you that I know my Heavenly Father is real, that he loves me, and blesses me with my individual blessings each and every day. I know that my Savior, Jesus Christ loves me and that he sacrificed his life for me, that if I repent of my sins and strive each day to obey His commandments and live close to Him, that I can return to His presence and live with Him eternally. I bear my witness that I know that Joseph Smith was and is a true prophet of the Lord, that he was visited by Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, and he was the instrument through which they restored the true gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I have read it, I have prayed to know of it's truthfulness, and I have received a witness from the Holy Ghost which testified that it is true and will bless my life as I study it's contents and strive to live it's teachings. I know that we have a prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson. I received my witness as I watched him speak in General Conference. I am thankful for my testimony of the gospel. It blesses my life each day.

How I live my faith

I have always loved music and it has been a big part of my service. My mother taught my sister and I to sing parts when I was 5 in our mother/daughter trio. I was the Sunday School choister or organist most of my high school years and have continued serving in both capacities all my life, adding choir director to my repetoire. I performed in solos, in musicals, and in choirs. I served in many callings during my life: as a teacher for many childrens classes, as a teacher and leader in young womens classes. as a leader and teacher in adult women's classes, and as Sunday School teacher for both youth and adults. I served in several Boy Scout units as advancement committeewoman, taught many required merit badge classes and helped many young men to become Eagle Scouts. I helped prepare and direct plays, musicals, road shows, speech contests, and dance festivals. As I have served I have prepared countless meals for needful people, served in soup kitchens, made quilts, clothing and humanitarian kits for the needy. I have pulled and moved chickens, cleaned cemetaries, cleaned houses and chapels, and moved households. I have served lovingly and faithfully in projects that there was not enough money in the world to pay me for doing those jobs, but I willingly served from my heart with no pay for my Heavenly Father and needful brothers and sisters in the gospel. My last four years are the very best four years because I was serving my ancestors. There is a very special spirit you feel as you lovingly work in your family history, searching for and finding those ancestors who have passed on but who are still very real, because they have given you what you are today.