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Hi I'm Nona

I have lived in and loved the Arizona desert all my life. I'm a teacher, a musician, a wife and mother. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised on a cotton farm, and my father was a rancher too. So I consider it a great blessing that my husband and I were able to raise our family on a farm. We raised cotton, alfalfa, lettuce, garlic, and customer-pick vegetables. About 25 years into it, we took a vocational turn, and I returned to college to complete my elementary education degree. I have taught music and kindergarten, and have substituted for some years. Music is very important to me and my family. I have accompanied choirs and soloists all my life, and find it very fulfilling. My husband and several daughters love to sing; it is a favorite family pastime. While I love all these things, my passion is my family. As a young couple, my husband and I were unable to have children for several years. We yearned, prayed, searched medical avenues, until finally, the floodgates were opened! We were blessed with seven daughters and one son, every one unbelievably unique. I admire and adore them! At present count, there are eleven grandchildren, each one, of course, cuter than the last.

Why I am a Mormon

Covenants matter to me. Because I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, a Mormon, I have entered into covenants with God. These covenants do several specific things for me: 1-They protect me from myself! We humans are subject to every worldly temptation and sorrow possible. My covenants help me remember who I am and why I'm here. 2-They allow me to receive of God's promise to always have His spirit, and to fully partake of peace and joy. 3-They provide regular, periodic reminders of my spiritual goals. In short, my covenants connect me to God in a real and personal way. Scriptures matter to me. I love the privilege of reading the Savior's own words, of studying his life and mission in the Bible and Book of Mormon, and applying these principles to my life. I have come to really appreciate and love the writers of these books, the sacrifices that all of them made for Him, and the commitment it took for them to make these records. I know and love the Bible and The Book of Mormon as companion testimonies of Jesus Christ and His gospel. Prophets matter to me. It makes sense to me that God would want a certain, chosen mouthpiece on the earth, as He always did in ancient times. The blessings that have come to me and my family as we have followed these latter-day prophets are innumerable. My Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ matter to me. Being a Mormon enriches my ability to feel their love, and to love others as they do. I know they have a plan for me, and they want me to succeed in my mortal journey and return to them. Through the third member of the Godhead, the Holy Ghost, they help me navigate the inevitable trials of earth life. I appreciate the blessing of communicating with them through daily prayer, and truly feel that my prayers are heard and answered. My family matters to me. Living and teaching the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ has provided a safety net of happiness and purpose. I am so grateful for that.

How I live my faith

Living our faith, I believe, is an innate response to blessings, a motivation to participate, to give. Passion for secular things is a spiritual gift that enlarges us. As a child, I watched my father serve simultaneously as a mayor and a bishop in the Church, and my mother teach and create while raising her family of eight children. My husband and I have gratefully shared our love for farming with elementary school students in dozens of ways over the years. My love of music has propelled me to plan and host workshops, conferences, and recitals for children and teens. I am in awe of youth who live their faith, and have seen that through similar forums. Because I am a visiting teacher, my friend list is long, full of wonderful women I have been accountable for caring about. And, I admire so many people who live their faith, no matter the denomination. I have patterned my worship after many examples. Kindness and tolerance matter - the best way for anyone to live their faith is to live like Jesus Christ.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

Our Heavenly Father is the loving, divine, male, omnipotent head. That truth is the foundation of my willing acceptance of priesthood authority. I feel valued by Him in my role and responsibilities as a woman. I feel His specific guidance to me as I serve in church callings. As a stake Young Women president, He very definitely directed my planning, teaching, organizing, and counseling. Not only that, but I was lifted and comforted in my insecurities and weaknesses. He most certainly needs women! Show more Show less