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Hi I'm Colleen

Growing up on a farm in Idaho was a great start to a life of family, friends and faith. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Family has always meant a great deal to me. I was the seventh of eight children who learned the value of work on a small farm in Idaho. I had parents who cared enough to help me to value education, learn common sense and created an atmosphere of caring about and sharing with family (we had one bathroom for ten people). The rural community in which I was raised gave me a sense of security like no other. Many extended family lived close by and those who were not related felt like family. Each Memorial Day for forty-two years after moving from my little community, I retun to the cemetery across the hollow from my childhood home and reminisce with former and new generations there. Also, in that little community, my faith began and blossomed. It was nurtured by faithful family members, nourished by loving and patient teachers and taught in quiet moments by my Father in Heaven when I would listen. Now, I live in the suburbs and have raised seven wonderful children (even if I do say so myself). I greatly enjoy traveling with my husband, making Christmas stockings and quilts for twenty-two grandchildren, walking and talking each weekday morning with friends and serving in the community and my church. I hope that my children received the same secure feelings as I did even though they were raised in more of a city atmosphere.

Why I am a Mormon

Throughout my life, I have felt God's love for me. I felt His love through small things like an answered prayer for rain on the farm or to know how to calm an upset child. I also felt God's hand in my life through large things like protection from serious harm to the gift of His Only Begotten Son so that I might have the opportunity to repent and return to live with Him and my loved ones after this life. I am a Mormon and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints because I know that therein lies the Plan of Happiness through the restoration of the Church of Jesus Christ by the prophet, Joseph Smith. It has been proven true for me as I try to live as Jesus lived and abide by the covenants I made at baptism and in His holy temple.

How I live my faith

My mother was a dedicated servant in the church and community. I would like to say that I received that trait from her. As a teenager, I began my church service by teaching a class of three-year-old children. I have continued to serve with children, youth and adults throughout my life. Having four boys, scouting leadership was an opportunity and a priority. It was a busy time of service when I was the local Boy Scout Committee Chairman. With over thirty Boy Scouts in our troop between the ages of eleven and thirteen, I arranged for, picked up and distributed hundreds of merit badges for Courts of Honor. All four of our boys have received their Eagle Scout Award. Several times I have served in the presidency of our local church women's organization, planning and carrying out service projects, teaching homemaking skills and strengthening families. I have coached young women in church basketball, volleyball and softball teams. During the 2002 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Salt Lake City, I helped in hosting and security at the Olympic Village. What an inspiring time that was to see the nations of the world literally "come together." For nearly twenty-five years, I have been a member of the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, an association that preserves and furthers the pioneer legacy of those who crossed the central plains of the United States and entered the Salt Lake Valley. It has been a blessing in my life to learn of the sacrifices in my behalf by my ancestors and others and to try to pay that forward in some small way.