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Hi I'm Peggy Call Aitken

I am a married, 58 year old mother of four wonderful children. I have been a member of the LDS church all my life.

About Me

I have been a member of the LDS church my whole life. As I look back on my life so far, I recognize how many ways the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me, comforted me, and strengthened me. For the past 10 years, I have had chronic pain to deal with. After two surgeries and three misdiagnoses, I have been told I had nerve damage of some kind. As I have coped with this difficult reality, my faith in the lessons I am learning has blessed me. I have been a missionary for the Church and have sent two of my four children on missions as well. We finance these missions ourselves. We also tithe and pay funds every month to help the poor. This Church and it's teachings define us and is the source of our happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my parents taught me about the Mormon church. I can honestly say, my membership in this church is purely because I have a personal knowledge of the truthfulness of the teachings of the LDS church. I come from a family of five children and only two of us are members in good standing; so activity in the church is hardly a foregone conclusion. I choose my participation in this church every day because I have true joy in the gospel.

How I live my faith

The Teachings of the Gospel of Jesus Christ inform every choice I make as a woman, a mother, a professional, a wife, and a neighbor. I cannot imagine happiness through the daily struggles of my life without the knowledge of my Savior, his love for me and his part in our Heavenly Father's plan of happiness. This understanding of who I am and why I am here guides me. As I strive to follow the example of my Savior, I have practiced my efforts to be more patient, kind, honest, charitable and cheerful. I have lived in Thailand and on the Navajo Indian reservation in Monument Valley, Utah. Everywhere I have lived, I have experienced the wonderful but challenging realities of being far from home, and far from the cultures which were familiar to me. Through prayer, and obedience to the teachings of the LDS church, I have felt comfort and power from on high. I strive to live as Jesus would have me live. I learn His will for me by listening to and studying the teachings of His living prophets. By doing that, I have saved myself many of the miseries that plague the modern world. I have never smoked or taken illegal drugs. I do not drink alcohol or coffee and I saved my virtue to give to my husband when I married at 29.

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Peggy Call Aitken
God, our Heavenly Father loves us. The trials we experience during this earth life are directly related to our desires as his children to become more like Him. He sent his Son as an example for us. As we live our lives, we have opportunities to serve him, follow him and strive to return to his presence. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Peggy Call Aitken
I am always amazed when someone refers to Mormon women as oppressed. They literally need to get to know a Mormon woman! We are an amazing, empowered, effective and happy people. When I compare my reality ( as a young girl, young woman, and now as a mature woman) , I see that my life as been different from my friends outside the Church. As a female member of the Church, I have felt valued and encouraged to flourish by devolping my own talents and abilities. Show more Show less

What is the Law of Chastity?

Peggy Call Aitken
I am so grateful that I was taught that my body is a temple. From my earliest memories of childhood, I was taught to respect my body, to not write on it or put harmful things in it. My parents were examples to me. Neither my mother or my father smoked or drank... Ever. I knew that on their wedding day, they had waited and kept their bodies untouched by anyone else. That knowledge and teaching strengthened me to wait as well. I got married when I was 29 years and 11 months old, and I and my 32 year old husband were both virgins. Through the years, when trials have come in our marriage, that loyalty we feel and trust that comes from fidelity have strengthened our resolve to hold on tight and work things out. Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Peggy Call Aitken
We definitely do not worship Joseph Smith! That being said, he is one of my heroes. Joseph Smith trusted in the words in the Holy Bible when it said, "if ye lack wisdom.... ask God" Joseph Smith is my example. He was courageous enough to not deny what he knew, even though he was persecuted, and later murdered, because of his willingness to stand for the truth. The life of Joseph Smith cannot be denied, so therefore, the Book of Mormon cannot be brushed aside. He was poorly educated and yet, he brought forth this amazing book. How can that be? It is possible because he translated the records of this ancient people, by the spirit and power of God. If you want to know what you believe about Joseph Smith, read The Book of Mormon and then ask God in faith if it is true. Show more Show less

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

Peggy Call Aitken
In a world of shifting values, I am grateful to belong to a church which stands for Truth. I believe that much of the World is searching to know what to believe in. Doesn't it feel a little strange in the world today to imagine that "TRUTH" actually exists? Of course it does! God lives and loves His children. He wants to speak to his children on Earth. So, how can He do that? He speaks through His servant the Prophet as he did anciently. The Church of Jesus Christ continues to grow because it is the true church of God. Show more Show less

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Peggy Call Aitken
A Mormon lifestyle is a different as each member and their talents and abilities dictate. The things that Mormon's have in common are their love of family; both immediate and extended. They have desires to make a difference in the world. This is evident as you see families sacrifice of their time and funds to go all over the world to serve and share the gospel message. Our world connections cause us to feel an affinity and love for our fellow man, no matter where they may originate. The other commonality I think you will encounter as you meet different Mormons is their trust that God lives, He loves His children and He has a purpose for each of us. We have a burning faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I have met members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from all over the world and I have found these traits to be truly held in common. Show more Show less

What is the Relief Society?

Peggy Call Aitken
The Relief Society of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is a service organization and a sisterhood. It is led by women leaders as an auxiliary of the Church. All organizations of the Church operate with the power of the priesthood (God's power on Earth). We, as sisters in the Gospel, work to minister to the needs of the individuals in our congregation and the World as a whole. As a woman in this church I have always felt empowered and validated. I currently have the assignment of teaching the combined group of the men and women in the congregation, from the Old Testament twice a month. I have always felt equal to the Priesthood holders in my life. Show more Show less

Do you really believe there is a prophet like Moses alive today?

Peggy Call Aitken
One of the realities that rings so true for me personally is this; God reveals His will through prophets. He has done this through the ages and he continues to do that now. Why shouldn't He? Answer me that! So many people have trouble believing this...what else is new? Throughout all the history of the World, prophets have been ignored, disrespected and hated for saying what was true. I challenge you to find out for yourselves. Ask God in prayer if He speaks through prophets today. Then, listen to the words of His prophets as they teach be visiting Lds.org, and follow the links under the heading "Teachings". As you watch and listen to their messages; ask God if they are his representatives. I promise you that as you listen, with an open mind and heart, you will know the truth.... That God lives, He loves his children and He has Prophets to direct His work, now as in the past. Show more Show less

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

Peggy Call Aitken
Since I was a little girl, I have participated in one way or other to provide for the needy of the world. As a young girl (9-17 years old), my congregation worked at a nearby fruit orchard. We thinned peaches, picked cherries etc. The men irrigated and cared for this orchard. We knew that all our labors were intended to produce food for others to eat. Each month I fasted and our family paid an offering to represent the money we didn't spend on food, to pay into a fund which is intended for the aid of the poor. Now as a mother, I am even more grateful to know that when I turn on the TV and witness tragedies and troubles in the world, I know that the Church is there; offering aid and supplies. The storehouses of the Church are full and ready to bless the lives of any who need, regardless of their personal situation, religion, or belief system. For several years, my Dad volunteered as an intake worker who dealt with the homeless and transient who happened into our community. He assessed their needs and wrote checks or made phone calls or gave advice to get them the help they needed. So, finally, the Welfare System of the Church is the way that human beings reach out the way the Savior did when He was on the Earth. We want to follow His example and serve as He served. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Peggy Call Aitken
I am so glad that throughout my life I have been taught to think of every individual who has ever lived as my own brother or sister. This outlook is reinforced through the Church as we ourselves, and our children and extended family members serve as full-time missionaries all over the world. I served in Thailand, my brother, in England, my husband to the Navajo Indian Reservation, my daughter to Montana, my son to Virginia and North Carolina. Our nieces and nephews have served in Russia, France, Mexico, Argentina, as well as missions in the United States. Each of us brings home with us, a love for the people and cultures where they lived and served. Each month we have the opportunity to pay a "fast offering" where our money is sent to help others who are in need. We are also encouraged to pay into a humanitarian fund and an education fund. We trust that those monies are helping many many people. We hope that anyone who is truly in need that we will be part of the help that is offered them. Show more Show less