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Hi I'm Hazel

I am a single mother with three wonderful children, two of whom still live at home.

About Me

I am a single mum with three wonderful children and a chocolate Labrador. I have survived a childhood of sexual abuse and a life full of the consequences of that including two failed marriages. When I joined the church I had no confidence but have improved immensely since that time. I have a very strong testimony of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ and know they know and appreciate me as an individual and love me because of who I am and what I try to do. I know Heavenly Father has a plan for me and through it He will help me to have more opportunities in which I can grow. I enjoy making things with my hands – sewing, knitting, icing figures and flowers and crafts. I am currently thinking I need to practice my drawing and painting skills again after a long break. Since being attracted to a book in a local store and reading the dust cover I have decided to write my own “bucket list” - a list of things I want to achieve in my life. Some of the things I have settled on are simple yet challenging for me (like reading a new book each month when I really do not enjoy reading very much at all) others will be very costly and difficult to achieve (like ice sculpting) but if I have learned nothing else I have learned you need to have something to aim for or you will just drift along and achieve nothing! Despite my failed marriages I still totally know marriages and families have the opportunity to last forever if they are joined together with the right authority in the Temple.

Why I am a Mormon

Basically, I know it's true! I grew up being told I was Church of England but never taken to church. Although I was sent to a Sunday School class in a community hall where I remember being taught we were born to die and nothing else – that never did fit! As I got older my parents started to attend a local spiritualist church. When my father died and mum wanted to go to church I would take her and I am grateful I did as it was there that I learnt about prayer and also how our spirit lives after the death of the body. Both very important lessons I hadn't been taught in my childhood. With the passing away of my father, the breakdown of my first marriage and with the new found “skill” of prayer I asked God to “help everything come out in the way that's right and best”. Suddenly religion became very important and I found myself reading the Holy Bible, praying and looking at other religions. I was prompted to write to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints after reading a book about the Osmonds, my favourite childhood band, and invited them to send missionaries to teach me. When I heard about visit teachers and home teachers (women and men put into pairs to help support and care for another woman or a family respectively) I knew the church was true. There was nothing I was taught that I didn't feel comfortable with, not even paying tithing which, like everything else, has always felt right. It was like I was re-learning things I already knew. I know Heavenly Father hears and answers prayers and fasting I have witnessed the blessings of that even from before the time I joined the church. After my baptism service had taken place I remember one lady coming up to me and said “Welcome home Hazel” and that is exactly what it had felt like, that I had come home! I am so grateful I took that leap of faith. There is truly not a day that I have ever regretted making the decision to be baptised and following it through.

How I live my faith

I keep my spiritual "battery" charged by studying the scriptures daily, saying regular prayers throughout the day when I feel or see a need. It does not matter where I am, whether I am on my knees or walking down the street. It does not even matter if I have my eyes closed or open either because I know Heavenly Father always hears our prayers. At different times in my life I have been a school governor, volunteer within a few different schools helping with reading, cooking, maths. I try to follow Christ's example to help people wherever I can. You know the sort of thing - listening to people in need, giving a hug, playing with a child to give another mum a break, oven and house cleaning, shopping, knitting baby blankets for the local hospital's baby special care unit, cooking meals for other families in times of need. I try to be patient, kind, considerate, caring, compassionate. I have an application pending in a local charity shop. Being a member of the Lord's church has given me plenty of opportunities to develop other skills. For example costume making, teaching lessons at different times to different sized classes of all ages from 18 months to adults in different groups. As well as speaking in front of large groups of people, organising sporting teams and various activities while on the activities committee, looking after the library and leadership roles with being on the team who care for the women and another time the team in charge of the children's organisation for the children aged 18 months to 11 years, including running the nursery. Oh and Heavenly Father showed he has a good sense of humour one year by asking me, who has no musical training or knowledge, to lead the music in the women's meetings. Yes it could have been disastrous but for the fact that Heavenly Father works in mysterious ways and true to form if you pray about your responsibility, put your heart and soul into it you learn something – I did and I grew to love the job too!