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Hi I'm Margaret

I grew up in Idaho but now live in Utah. I am a retired English teacher. I love people. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My mom set my feet on the gospel path when I was 8 years old; she was a convert in 1940 and raised my two sisters and me in the Mormon Church. I had an idyllic childhood in a town of 300 people where everyone knew and cared for each other. I married my childhood sweetheart in the LDS temple, and we adopted two darling children. Life was good! However, I soon learned that the world isn't as easy or friendly as my dear home town. My husband left me after 13 years, and I had to return to college and finish my teaching degree as a single mother with two small children. Life always has its ups and downs; mine was no exception. A second marriage gave me several step-children and a foster son but also ended in divorce after seven years. I raised my two kids by myself and taught English for 30 years. I spent my time with friends and family, my dogs and cat, reading anything I could get my hands on, and gardening every spring and summer in my yard I loved so much. When I retired, I planned to fulfill an LDS mission but then I met a wonderful man and married him five weeks later! He and I have now accepted a mission call to serve together, taking one year from our children and grandchildren to serve our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Why? Because I love people and I know they are all my brothers and sisters, children of a loving Heavenly Father. I want to share my happiness with anyone who will listen.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom gave me two gifts--life and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They are both equally important to me, and I try each day to live up to what she would expect me to do and be. Being born in the church is easy, but everyone needs to seek and acquire their own testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel. My testimony blossomed when I was 13 when I started listening to a wonderful Sunday School teacher, going to youth activities weekly, and signing up for seminary in high school. During my teen years I felt a deep desire to know my Heavenly Father's love. He guided me through those difficult experiences and helped me along the way to come to know the Church is true. I love to read, and that is the key to my knowledge of the Gospel. The scriptures are sometimes hard to understand, but that only made it more interesting for me to seek answers as in a treasure hunt. By the time I graduated from high school, I knew without a doubt the Gospel is true. It is beautifully simple and simply beautiful--have faith in Jesus Christ, repent of sins, be baptized by one having authority, and receive the Gift of the Holy Ghost. Endure to the end is the hard part, and Satan wants us to fail. But I know I have Heavenly Father on my side and if I ask in faith, he will bless me to know the path I should take in my life. I have read the Book of Mormon numerous times, and I love the characters and messages included in its pages. I know it was translated by the Prophet Joseph Smith by the power of God and that it is the key to staying dedicated to my membership in the Church. President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord's Prophet on the earth today and holds all the keys we need to return to Heavenly Father's presence.

How I live my faith

I live my faith every day of my life--some days better than others. It seems that Satan is always trying to sift me and keep me from my path, but I am determined to win in the end. My husband and I pray together morning and night and spend about 30 minutes every morning reading and discussing the scriptures together. We try to fill our home with wholesome music and decor and to organize our living space so it isn't chaotic and disheveled. We invite the Spirit of the Lord into our home and hope the atmosphere is pleasing to Him to stay here. We maintain our yard and gardens to beautify the outside of our home so visitors feel welcome, too. I serve as a ward visiting teacher, going to the homes of three other sisters with my companion each month to visit a few minutes and leave an inspirational message. Often we take treats to sweeten up their day! Every day I try to set a good example of friendship and integrity to all those I meet. I pray each day for service opportunities so I can help those I come in contact with as I go about my daily activities. Being sensitive to the Spirit gives me guidance to be aware of needs I can fulfill and burdens I can lighten among my fellowmen. The Gospel of Jesus Christ gives me such joy that I want to share it with anyone I meet so they, too, can find the joy it brings to me and my family.