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Hi I'm Nina

I am a birder, a genealogist, a gardener, a wanna-be artist, a Jane-of-all-trades, mistress of none. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Many things are of interest to me -- reading, sewing (I quilt occasionally), gardening, genealogy (I have written and published three family histories), but I am most passionate about birds and about conserving our environment so that there will be beauty for future generations to enjoy. During the past few years, photography has become an important way for me to identify the beautiful birds which I see around me here in Southeastern Arizona. I know more about birds than the average person on the street, but, contrary to the opinion of my non-birding friends, I am no expert. Yet observing and learning about these beautiful avian creatures brings me joy and lifts my heart.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both Atheists and they raised me the same way. They taught me that there was no God, that religion is a crutch used by those who are afraid to face life on their own. But somehow, deep inside, even as a young girl, I didn't quite believe this. Various friends invited me to attend church with them, so as a pre-teen, I sang in the Congregational Junior Choir, attended Baptist Young People's Meeting, and got out of school on Wednesday afternoons to go with classmates to Episcopalian Released Time Religious Education. (After all, the other kids were getting out of school, and unless I went, I'd have to stay in the classroom alone.) In 1966, a good friend sent the LDS Missionaries to my door. I told them to come back when my husband was home. They were delighted! When I called my friend and asked what I was supposed to do with these young me, she said, "Feed them. They are always hungry!" So that's what I did. It was the beginning of my association with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As they began to teach me about Joseph Smith and the gold plates and about angelic visitations and that Joseph Smith had actually seen God and His Son Jesus Christ, I folded my arms across my chest and said, "Yeah, and I'm supposed to take this all on faith!" To my great surprise, they told me that no, I could receive an answer from God Himself. And then they taught me how to pray. I began my prayer by saying, "God, if you are really there, I want to know about it. And if this Church is true, then I'll join it." To make a long story short, I received an answer to my prayer and was baptized about 4 weeks later. Since then, I have had many experiences which have confirmed to me that the Church is indeed true, that Joseph Smith was God's own prophet, and that Thomas S. Monson is His prophet today. I know it. I live it. I love it.

How I live my faith

During the 47 years in which I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I have served in many ways. I've taught classes for small children, have been a counselor and a secretary in our women's organization, I've been the president of our Young Women's program in a small congregation in Vermont, and have recently had the fun of leading the music during our worship services. It's been my favorite position of all. Recently, I completed a Missionary Preparation Class during which I was able to learn how to become a missionary for this Church which I so dearly love. And, on September 2, 2013, I will enter the Missionary Training Center to begin serving a full-time mission in Arizona for a period of one year. (Young people usually serve 18 month or 2 year missions, but at my age (71), I will be permitted to serve for only 12 months. I'm very excited about this opportunity, because I have grown to love the young missionaries very much and will have the chance to work with them daily during this time.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Mormons do NOT worship Joseph Smith. We worship God, our Eternal Father in Heaven and his Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph Smith was a prophet, and we greatly admire and respect him. But we do not worship him. God Himself appeared to Joseph Smith when Joseph was a lad of 14 years. And later, as an adult, Joseph was entrusted with the task of translating gold plates which had been written anciently and buried in a hillside in New York State. This later was published as The Book of Mormon. When Joseph told others about his experiences, he was persecuted and reviled, yet even after being tarred and feathered, beaten and jailed unjustly, he continued to maintain that God had spoken to him and that the Book of Mormon was indeed ancient scripture. On June 27, 1844, an angry mob shot and killed this good, dedicated man. He was only 39 years old, but he sealed his testimony with his blood and died as a martyr. So, no we don't worship Joseph Smith. But we love and revere him for his sacrifice for our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

How can I find someone to talk with, in person, about the Mormon religion?

You've seen them in their white shirts and black-and-white name tags. Missionaries from The Church of Jesus Christ are everywhere -- on their bikes, in the grocery store, knocking on doors in your neighborhood. Stop them and ask them to spend a little time with you. They will be delighted! If you haven't seen an LDS Missionary lately, please call 1-888-537-6600. Tell the person who answers the phone that you'd like to talk with a missionary, and give them a way to reach you -- your phone number or your home address. Within a few days, someone will be in touch with you. Show more Show less