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Hi I'm Wendy

I come from Idaho. I am a retired high school teacher. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I have a Master's Degree in English, but most of my teaching career I taught German and Italian. Because of that I spent most of my summers taking students to visit countries where those languages are spoken. I love to cook and love to read. I have learned to love gardening, mainly because I love the fresh fruits and vegetables it provides. I have never been married, but I have brothers whose children and now grandchildren are dear to me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the Church in a small farming community in Southeastern Idaho where the Church is strong and families are strong. My ancestry on my father's side is one of activity in the Church since its early history. My ancestors came across the plains with Brigham Young and then settled in Idaho as a calling from him. I am grateful to be living where I do because of their sacrifices. I feel I owe a debt to them that can only be paid forward by my service to others. I attended seminary as a young woman, learning every weekday about the Church and its teachings and as I grew, my testimony grew little by little until I have no doubts as to the truth of the teachings of the Church. I served a mission in Italy when I was 21, teaching others about my faith and felt myself blessed every day by beautiful experiences that let me know I was doing the Lord's work. Throughout my life I have had tender mercies from the Lord that have let me feel of His love for me and for the rest of His children. He has led me to acts of service and kindness that have helped make up for some of the kindness people have shown to me. I have never left activity in the church because of the spirit that fills my soul as I worship, read the Book of Mormon and attend the meetings.

How I live my faith

One of the things I love most about the Latter-day Saint religion is the constant activity it provides. It seems that hardly a week goes by without some chance to serve others in some way. I currently teach the adult Sunday School class in our congregation. A lot of people are afraid to teach adults, but I taught teen-agers for 37 years--there is nothing an adult can do that I haven't faced from young people. I love to teach. Visiting teaching, when I go into the homes of three or four ladies during the month to check on them and see if they have needs is one of my most cherished opportunities. I love the talk to them and share experiences--and learn from them. I am sure I gain more from them than they do from me. I have recently received a call from the Church to serve 23 months in the Missoula, Montana, Employment Resource Office. I am very excited to go there and help others who need employment gain the application and interview skills to obtain employment. I know this call came from God through His prophet and am sure there are great opportunities for service there.

Why do Mormons perform proxy baptisms in their temples?

Wendy
I think this principle of the gospel is one of the greatest examples of the love Heavenly Father has for all His children. Baptism is essential for entering into the kingdom of heaven (John 3:5), but it must be done here on Earth, when you have a body to be baptized. So what about people who lived when or where there was no possibility of baptism? Would a loving Heavenly Father just leave them out of His kingdom and home because of something they had no control over. So we do proxy baptisms in the temple so they, too, can be reunited with their Heavenly family. They are taught the principles of Christ's gospel in the next life and then they can choose whether to accept the baptism that has been performed for them. The right to choose is Heavenly Father's most vital law and He would not force anyone to be baptized who did not want it; therefore, they decide whether to be a member of His kingdom. Just because the baptism was performed for them doesn't mean they have to be a "Mormon". Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

Wendy
The concept of "eternal life" is a beautiful one. Life does not start at birth. We actually lived with our Heavenly Father and all of our other brothers and sisters in Heaven while awaiting a chance to come to earth. When we had learned as much as we could there, we were sent here to earth to gain a body and be tested to prove whether we would do all things we were commanded to do. After our life here on earth is over, we will return to our Heavenly family where we will be placed according to our obedience here on earth. Eventually resurrection will give us the chance to regain our bodies in a perfected state and through obedience to ordinances of the gospel we have the chance to live forever in the presence of our Heavenly Father with the families we developed here on earth. Show more Show less