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Hi I'm Bernie

I am an active and energetic people-loving person. I work as a respiratory nurse at a local hospital. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a married mother of 3 children - a daughter in her twenties and 2 teenage boys (all living at home......at present). Raising my children and running my home have been my focus for much of the past 20 years in combination with a variety of part-time jobs that fitted around the routine. Back in 2007, I chose to return to higher education - fulfilling a lifelong ambition to become a nurse - graduating/qualifying in 2010. I have since been working as a respiratory nurse in an acute hospital and was recently promoted to junior sister - which means I get to be in charge when I'm on shift! I have been playing netball (centre position) for as long as I can remember and participate in various other sporting activities, as the mood takes. I enjoy dancing and listening to music - with teenagers in the house, it's hard not to! I 'get by' playing the piano - regret not keeping up the lessons! I love learning and so reading is an integral part of my life. I suffer with coeliac disease - diagnosed as a baby so it has not been too much of a problem adapting to a diet free from wheat-gluten. Most of my extended family live locally so we see each other loads - what a bonus that is - though I have many relatives who live in Trinidad who I only got to meet a few years ago and would love to visit again. My husband is not a member of the Church but is exemplary at supporting our children and me in our faith and through our respective life journeys. Love him to bits.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints all my life so you could argue that I don't know any different; that it's a convenient way-of life for me or even that I've been brainwashed into it! However, there have definitely been moments, particularly in my teenage years, when I could have turned my back on the Church and walked away - who always wants to do what someone else tells them to - even if that person is God! However, there were also moments when, because of opening my heart to the teachings of Jesus, and putting them into practice, I have seen situations turn out better than I could ever have hoped - including a marriage to a man that doesn't share my beliefs. My family is the most important thing in the world to me and I am so grateful to belong to a Church that supports me in strengthening the relationships within my home, and then enables me to look outward to strengthen others - I do believe this is the source of true happiness. I love that I am constantly challenged to strive to be better and do good, whilst feeling accepted and loved by God for who I am- even if I makes mistakes. I concede that it is not always easy practising a religion, especially when it does not follow the popular notions of the day but barely a day passes that I am not glad to have persevered. My wish is that my loved ones are left in no doubt of my commitment to follow Christ and to try to be like Him. What they choose to be is up to them!

How I live my faith

My faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel goes deep and is something I treasure which, I hope, is reflected in the way I choose to live my life. I recognise that it's the person I am and the things that I do that say more about my values and beliefs than anything I actually say....or write!! At church, I have spent most of my adult life voluntarily working in the youth and children's organisations. For the last 2 years I have been a leader in the organisation to which the over-18 women belong - the Relief Society. This means I get to teach on a regular basis during Church on a Sunday, visit with the women in their homes and assist them with any needs they have - from the physical to the spiritual. I also participate as much as possible in other events that the Church puts on, from singing at a local old people's residential home, to performing on the stage in a musical! Thinking about it, the range and depth of my Church experience is vast.....and I have grown so much in the process. I am grateful to know how to pray and I love to study the scriptures and other church materials (both privately, with my family and as part of a larger group) as, together, they really help me understand what my priorities should be and how to be effective in fulfilling them - not always easy with so many other distractions and demands on one's time.