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Hi I'm Margaret

I grew up in Arizona. I lived in California and Utah. I was a widow for 7 years and now am remarried. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother and a great grandmother. I love my family very much and love to do family history work. My ancestors have taught me so much about who I am where my roots were. I grew up in Arizona and married my first husband and raised our family of seven children in Southern California. We had many great experiences and made lifetime friends. We then moved to Utah where the younger children finished growing up. Here we also have had amazing friends and great times and trials. My husband of 42 years pasted away and I was a widow for 7 years. I met and married my present husband and we have had a multitude of wonderful times in just a few years. We have been able to travel to Germany and Israel and spend time with our children and 40 grand children and 8+ great grandchildren. Family is what it is all about. We have had wonderful times together. Sometimes we laugh and cry together too. We joy in the happy times and mourn together when there are trials. They are my best friends and it is great to know that we will be together forever.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints since I was a child. My mother and her ancestors were members, but my father was not a member of any church. I have been active all my life. I realized as a young adult the importance of marrying someone who was also a member of the same church as I was. As I look back I could see that because my father was not a member we were not taught all we could have been at home and we did not have the priesthood and its blessings in our home. I married a man who also grew up in a part member family and we both knew that we wanted more for our children. We committed to be "100 percenters" as my husband used to say. It has been the greatest blessing for our family. All of our children grew up knowing Jesus Christ and what He meant to our lives as we lived with service and love and gospel teachings as the basis of our family life. They are all parents now and several are even grandparents and I can see the joy in their families as they live this type of life also. It is a different life than is seen in this new generation where these values are not practiced in many homes. I testify that your family can be better if you put Jesus Christ at the center of your family life and live the precepts of His gospel plan. You and your children have a guide on how to live so that you can learn and grow and prepare to live eternally with your family in peace and joy and happiness. Mine has been and I know it is because the Church of Jesus Christ has been the center of our life. I love this gospel and love to share with others the joy they can have by learning and becoming a part of the true church here on the earth.

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I love to work with people. I very much enjoy doing and teaching about family history or genealogy. It is wonderful to learn to know and love your ancestors. They are who made me who I am. I enjoy working with the visiting teaching program. Every female member of our area is visited each month to let them know they are cared for and someone is there for them if there is a need. A spiritual message is also shared with each sister so we can grow together in the gospel. I have served in many leadership opportunities in my local church unit. Women can have a great influence for good for those around you. I have so enjoyed working with the youth groups and cub scouting. When my children were in school I was very active in PTA, trying to help all receive better interactions in the schools between Parents and the schools. There is so much that parents can do that the teachers do not have time for. Now in my later life I am beginning my fifth mission for the church. I served three missions as a widow. Two of them were working in family history. My new husband and I also served a family history mission and now we are going to serve for 18 months doing member and leader support in an area where there is a need. It will be a great opportunity to make new friends and also be able to help people who may not have the same experience we have gained from many years in church service. I love service work. When you serve others you do not have time to sit and worry about each little thing that might be wrong in you own life. You learn an grow and love each person that you serve. I know it will keep you young in mind and heart and if you follow the teachings of our Savior Jesus Christ you will have peace and joy each day you live. You know He is there for you every minute and loves you more that you can ever repay.