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Hi I'm Connie

I'm one of 10 kids. I'm married with 4 adult children. I cover my gray hair and sneak cookies. And I'm Mormon!

About Me

I'm the 5th of 10 kids, I love being from a large family...my husband is the 4th of 8...we have a ton of nieces and nephews (i love being an aunt!!!) We have four adult children, one son and three daughters. I look forward to becoming a grandma some day. I love music, traveling, blogging, reading...being with my family. A fairly new empty nester, my husband and I are new to this part of the country and love planning motorcycle trips to see all the historical/cultural places that are within a few hours. I've been a teacher, a school board member, but my most favorite jobs have been being a wife and mom.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My mom taught me that I am a child of God and that He loves me, and that Jesus loves me. As a young child, I had experiences with priesthood blessings that no one can ever take away. My mom's faith and those priesthood "miracles" are the foundation of my faith. I have had periods in my life when I haven't attended church, but my life was always missing the goodness that comes with regular church attendance. I do my best to avoid missing church again. Through personal experiences through life struggles, prayers, tender mercies, I have come to believe on my own that Joseph Smith did have a visit from Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ, that he did bring Christ's true church back to the earth. I believe we have a modern day prophet. I believe that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me as an individual. I believe that we have the opportunity to live with them again, to live together as a family for forever. I believe that I will see my mom and my brother Mark again...they did not cease to exist when they were killed. I am a Mormon because as much as the world pulls and tries to convince me otherwise, this church makes sense. This church is true. Not everyone is a perfect example of a follower of Christ, but there are good people all around who strive to be. I don't know that I always am doing my best, but I appreciate that I can repent and do better. And that all will be forgiven as long as I do my part. I am a Mormon because nothing matters more to me than my family. And, to me, the basics of this church is all about how we can be a family for forever and always. I know there is a lot out there about my religion and gay issues, this is a tender area for me because my daughter is gay. There are times that I feel I walk a fine line, but I also believe that God loves my daughter as much as he loves anyone and he expects me to love her and be her mom. Kindness and love folks, it's how Christ wants us to be.

How I live my faith

I am usually involved with music at church. Playing the organ and piano. I currently work with the teenage girls on Sunday and during the week, I love this job...I miss my own daughters and these girls are so open and accepting and easy to love. So even though "my girls" live far away, I have gained another group of girls here. I attend the temple with my husband, we like traveling to temples we haven't attended yet. I study the Book of Mormon. I listen to Christian music. I try to figure out how to pray better.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Our temples are sacred and to honor that, one has to live up to certain guidelines. There is nothing secret that happens inside, only sacred. We perform ordinances. Make sacred promises to ourselves and Heavenly Father. Show more Show less