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Hi I'm Wendi

Graduated Ricks and BYU. Married Gary. 5 children. Lived in NY 20 years. Widowed 13 years. I'm a Mom, a Grandma and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a part member family. My Mom was a member and my Dad was Jewish. My mother's side of the family were from the colonies in Mexico. When her father got sick, the family moved to Arizona to seek medical treatment. It was in Arizona that my parents met. My Mom asked my Dad that if and when they had children, would it be okay to raise them LDS. He agreed. Three of their children were married and sealed in the Mesa Temple. Dad always supported us in our Church callings. He knew that it was important to us. Thanks Dad! I married Gary in 1980. We attended BYU and worked at the MTC. He as a teacher and me as a language typist. He graduated in 1982. He had a job offer from IBM in NY. It was too good to pass up, even though I was short a few credits from graduating myself. Gary promised me that one day, I'd be able to go back and graduate from BYU. 8 years later, Gary made good on that promise and I graduated. Thanks Gary! We were blessed with 5 children. Three born in NY and one each in CT and NC. We definitely lived in the mission field. We served in every calling. While living in Poughkeepsie, NY, Gary was called to serve as the Bishop of our Ward. Less than a year later, he was called to preside over the new Newburgh, NY Stake. We worked hard to help the Lord further His work in this part of the vineyard. In 2000, Gary was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. On April 21, 2001, Gary passed away.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a song from our hymnbook that says "Sweet is the peace the gospel brings to seeking minds and true. With light refulgent on its wings, it clears the human view." Being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always brought me peace. Ever since I can remember, I have had a testimony of this Gospel. I am grateful for that. I am not perfect and I haven't always made the right choices, but knowing that I can repent and be forgiven is a blessing and a comfort. I have always tried to live my life in service to others, whether it be our next door neighbors, our Church family or someone I've only met today. It also includes my family, my husband, my children and extended family. I love them and will do whatever I can to help them. It's funny, but my life now is divided into two parts...before Gary died and after Gary died. I believe Gary knew that he was not going to be on earth for very long, but I didn't. We had just celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary when we received his diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. He valiantly fought to live and to be there for me and our children. Gary was never angry about the hand he was dealt and only once did my anger show. He was given a blessing by one of the General Authorities of our Church. It was a beautiful blessing. One of comfort and peace, but not of rebuking the cancer that was killing him. How could this Godly man not have said those words that I longed to hear? After I said those words out loud, I ran to our bedroom and knelt on the floor and begged my Father in Heaven to forgive me for questioning His plan for us. He knew me and He knew Gary and He loved us. He had always been with us. With that same faith that I knew He could heal Gary, I could not now deny with that same faith, that this was His plan for our family. He would not leave me alone to raise our 5 children and He never has. Our Family is Forever.

How I live my faith

I have three Church callings. I am a visiting teacher. I am assigned a companion, who with me, is assigned 3 - 4 women in our church. I have always loved being a visiting teacher. I love getting to know the women and learning about their families. I love to visit with them each month and deliver a spiritual message. I love to learn of ways that I can serve and help them. I look forward to each month coming up with a fun little goodie to give each of our ladies. Each visit makes me happy. My second calling is one to serve all the women who lead and guide the children ages 18 months - 11 years old in our area during Sunday and weekday meetings. I help encourage and teach them of the great responsibilities that they have to love and teach these little sons and daughters of God. To help these little ones feel of God's love and that He knows them and wants them to be happy. It is a great responsibility to serve these Sisters who work so hard serving these little ones. These Sisters need to know that they are loved and that Heavenly Father will help lead and guide them in their service. I love serving these good and kind Sisters. My third "job" is volunteering in the office of the Raleigh, NC Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Friday has become my favorite day of the week because that is the day that I have the privilege of helping my brothers and sisters continue on their path back to our Father in Heaven. I get to answer the phones and help make appointments for the wonderful work that takes place in the Temple. I love to talk to those who call the Temple because they are so happy knowing that they are serving brothers and sisters that have passed. Or making appointments for a son or daughter preparing to serve a mission. Or to seal families together forever. The Temple is a holy and sacred place and I am grateful for the opportunity to serve my brothers and sisters and my Father in Heaven.