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Hi I'm Naomi

I was born into a Baptist minister's family and was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 23.

About Me

My husband and I are both converts to the LDS church. We joined as single young adults and we met each other at church. Following my husband's church mission to Germany, we married in the Washington DC Temple 35 years ago. We are now the parents of 4 adult children, 2 daughters and 2 sons, and the grandparents of 5 children, 2 granddaughters and 3 grandsons. In the years since our temple marriage, my husband has served as a ward bishop, as a stake high councilman and as a stake president, as well as in various other church callings in between those major ones. At the same time, he has also worked in several companies as a computer consultant -- jobs that frequently took him far away from our home. By choice, I stayed at home to take care of our 4 children. When they went to school, so did I. As much as possible, I was in their schools, frequently serving as a volunteer in the classrooms. I also spent 5 years as PTO president at our local middle school. When our children participated in sports teams or in high school plays, I volunteered to keep score, to be the team Mom, to sew costumes - whatever permitted me to be near our children. Knowing what they were doing and who they were doing it with was very important to my husband and me. As a result, our home has always been open to our children's friends and has frequently been a place in which to "hang". What better way to be part of our children's lives? Now, I am a sometimes substitute teacher and an avid genealogist.

Why I am a Mormon

I graduated from Penn State University with a BA in English and quickly returned to school to become a cytotechnologist. The job I took after I completed my training brought me into contact with strong members of the church who soon introduced me to the missionaries. I was interested in what they had to tell me about the Gospel, particularly about where I came from before I was born and why my Heavenly Father sent me to earth at this time. I started to go to church with my friends and found I enjoyed the spirit and fellowship I found there. Despite this, I was conflicted about joining the LDS Church because my father was a minister in another church and I knew he and my mother would highly disapprove of me. I spent much time in prayer and contemplation and it took me many months before I finally made the decision to join the LDS Church. I would like to say life was a breeze after I joined the church, but that would not be the truth. In fact, I faced some of the hardest days of my life in the several years between when I was baptized and when my husband and I were married. However, my faith in Jesus Christ sustained me and I grew spiritually in ways I would never have thought possible before I joined the Lord's church. Over time, joy has filled my life, busy though it may be. Peace prevails in our home as a result to the family members living the Gospel as best they know how. Are things always rosy? No, indeed. Like everyone else, we have our fair share of trials and burdens. However, we do not have to face them alone. Jesus Christ is at the center of our home and family. Through his grace, we have always been uplifted and we have hope that bad things will eventually have a good outcome. Concerning the day I chose to become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I quote Robert Frost's poem, "The Road Less Taken" "Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference."

How I live my faith

Along with my many volunteer jobs within the classrooms and within the various extracurricular activities our children have participated in, I have also served in many callings at church. Upon occasion I have organized church Christmas dinners and programs, manned the regular library and the local genealogy library, performed in church plays (learning to dance and to sew costumes at the same time) and headed a Cub Pack. I have even served as a "Ma" during five separate days-long pioneer hand-cart treks. However, most of my callings in the church have involved teaching, be it in the adult school class, lessons in the women's organization, the children's Nursery and Primary classes or the Young Adult Sunday School class. By far, my most intense teacher training opportunity, and the reason I am now able to function as a substitute in any middle or high school classroom, came in form of an 11-year service opportunity to teach an early-morning (6:30 AM!) Seminary class for high school students. It met for 45 minutes every school day during the school year. Each morning, 16-18 students (aged 13-18) and I met at our local meetinghouse to study the Gospel and to learn about Jesus Christ. Using a church-provided program, we studied the Bible, the Book of Mormon and the Doctrine and Covenants/Church History on a 4-year rotating basis. Under these circumstances, I was able to teach three of our four children the Gospel and to bear my testimony of Jesus Christ and of the truth of his church without the intensity of a one-to-one experience. What a blessing this was to me! Today, I continue to teach in the women's Sunday meeting, but now only on a once-a-month basis. Teaching, particularly teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ, has become a true light in my life.