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Hi I'm Paula

I'm a Mother, Granny, artist, poet and have recently retired from doing in-home care for the elderly. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a Granny who lives on a farm with one cat and four alpacas. I have worked in various capacities such as plywood factory worker in Australia, florist, teaching and mentoring young children, library work, and in-home care for the ill and elderly. Always, I am an artist and spiritual seeker. I am a poet, love to garden, do genealogy, write and enjoy almost anything creative. I returned to college as an adult and earned my degree at the age of 49.

Why I am a Mormon

A few years ago, I never dreamed I would become a Mormon! In fact, I had turned the missionaries away even 40 years ago. But they made me curious and I went to the library and checked out a Book of Mormon to see what all the stir was about! It seemed to be mostly accounts of terrible battles so I was not interested. Many years later, I inquired of a friend - why Mormons were so interested in one of my pet hobbies - genealogy. This started an 18 month conversation about many things...an intellectual approach to many questions and comparisons, since I had a Christian background already. I had learned to wait upon the Lord through the many years of my spiritual journey and I explored and read and prayed and discussed the scriptures until Heavenly Father spoke to my spirit that this church is His church and right for me. I know I have a Loving Heavenly Father who knows me and loves me even though I am hardly a speck on an earth that is hardly a light in the vastness of the universe. I know He lives and that He provided His Son, Jesus Christ to atone for my sins and weaknesses and shortcomings. I know that Jesus, the Christ, willingly made His great sacrifice and that He lives so that we can all choose a blessed eternal life with Him and our Heavenly Father. I am blessed to know the love that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ have for me and I am humbled by the allowance for repentance and forgiveness. I seek to follow His commandments, for I love Him. I am privileged to share His love with others.

How I live my faith

I try to keep open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit in all things and at all times. I try to follow that guidance. I try to make choices that are good, choices that are better and most of all - choices that are best. I keep open to people who are brought to cross my path -how I might encourage and serve them and share the gospel with them. I try to live in humility and gratitude for the many blessings that Heavenly Father blesses me with. I try to build a faith that I can rely on during sorrowful times as well as the joyous ones. I look forward to being with my Heavenly Father and my Savior one day and I look forward to this eternal goal. I study the King James Version of the Bible. I study the Book of Mormon. I pray. I listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost. I try to live as a responsible and loving person. There is a hunger in the hearts of people who are searching for Truth. It is a joy to feed that hunger in any way I can.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the women's arm of the church. We study together and support one another. The purpose of Relief Society is to build faith and personal righteousness, strengthen families and to seek out and help those in need. One way we do this is through Visiting Teaching. We are each assigned several sisters to watch over. If she is ill, we might go in and sit with her or do her dishes or babysit her children or take in a dinner for her family. If she is having a spiritual struggle, we might encourage her and remind her of the faithful promises of our Heavenly Father. We might remind her to ask for a Priesthood Blessing and to consult her Patriarchal Blessing for encouragement. We may give her a ride if she is in need. If she is inactive, we might be her only contact with the church - we set a good example. In these ways and others, each sister knows that she is not forgotten and is cared about. Show more Show less