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Hi I'm Pam

I'm a mother of four grown children. I just graduated from college (again) at age 51. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to learn. It started in the first grade when I won a prize for reading the most books at school. As a young girl, a great day for me was finding a Nancy Drew book I hadn't read at the library! In college I studied nursing and worked as a registered nurse until I married and had children. I love being a mother, although it is much harder than any other job I've had. When my children grew up and began to leave home, I decided to go back to school. My nursing license had lapsed, and besides, I wanted to learn something new, so I chose writing. I don't aspire to be a famous novelist--I just enjoy words. It has been fun (and challenging) to learn to write poems, essays, and stories. I wrote a picture book for my granddaughter, Sophia, and hope to write one for each of my future grand kids. I also like to run. My dad was a marathon runner, but I just run 5Ks. I love feeling the sun and the wind as I jog along. My goal is to place first in my age division (50+) in an upcoming race. The closest I've gotten so far is third. A good vacation for me is visiting a National Park. I'm not a lie-on-the-beach type. Well, maybe for a day or two, but mostly I like to be busy, seeing new and beautiful things. Our family, which has now dwindled to just my husband and sixteen-year-old son and me, went to Glacier National Park last summer--loved it! By far the most important thing in my life is my family. That is where I find happiness. I love being with my husband and children.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because living its principles and teachings makes me happy. I was born into a Mormon family, but still had to find out for myself if the teachings of the church were true. It is not something I learned in an instant--many experiences and much soul-searching brought me to know that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints really teaches truth. Great peace has come to me as I've tried to follow the plan God has given us, his children. I know that the things I do and don't do matter, and I know that by studying what the scriptures say about how we should live and by following the counsel of living prophets, I can live with my family and with my Heavenly Father again after this life. Life can sometimes be hard, but knowing my purpose helps me carry on during the difficult times. And God also has blessed me with many happy and wonderful times. The thing that is constant through the good and the bad is the peace that comes through trying to live the gospel of Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

Right now I work with the young children in our congregation, teaching them that they are children of God and that because of what Jesus Christ has done for them, they can one day return to live with Him if they obey the commandments. Over the years I have contributed to my church in diverse ways: as camp director for the young women, as a leader of our women's organization, as a Cub Scout den leader, and as a teacher of children, teens, and adults. I also spent eighteen months as a missionary in Peru, teaching others about Jesus Christ and his church. Because education is so important to me, I have spent many hours volunteering at my children's schools-- teaching art literacy, planning class parties, coordinating safety matters, and helping children one-on-one. Probably the most important thing I do to try to live my faith is to be aware of others and their needs. I may not have anything big to offer, but I can do small things, and I think small, simple things are important. Although I'm far from perfect, I try to see others as Jesus would see them and love them as he would.