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Hi I'm June

I grew up in a family of 7 kids, my husband grew up in a family of 12. We have 36 grandkids & 3 greats. I'm a Mormon!

About Me

Growing up in a small Mormon farming community where everyone knew everyone, and a lot of us were related, I learned some good work ethics, how to get along, and the importance of good family and friends. My dad farmed, had a dairy, raised sheep, pigs, and cows. We always had a garden, a few horses, cats, dogs and chickens around to make life interesting and give us plenty to do. My Mother, being an accomplished pianist, taught piano lessons (including her own kids), wrote noteworthy happenings and articles for 3 newspapers, and taught school. She received her Masters and Doctorate degrees. Both my mom and dad were always actively involved in the church. Needless to say, the great example of my parents has helped me in every aspect of my life. Being a parent and grandparent myself, has made me grateful for the upbringing I had and increased my desire to be an influence for good on my family and friends. With my upbringing, I wouldn't feel normal if I didn't have a garden, yards and animals to take care of as well as the children and grandchildren. Like my mother, I too taught school for many years and was in administrative positions and am a great advocate of a good education. Besides family and gardening, I love fishing, reading, camping out and relaxing in the hot tub.

Why I am a Mormon

Even at a young age, I learned that being born and raised in the church does not automatically give you a testimony. I think I always believed it was true, but to be able to say without a shadow of a doubt that I knew it was true never happened until I was married and left the safety net of my home and family. When I was in new territory with very few Mormons, and non-Mormon in-laws around who questioned me about my religion. I decided I had to know for myself whether it was true or not. With the challenges and help of the full time missionaries in that area, and much studying and praying, (And this didn't happen overnight) I was truly touched by the spirit of the Holy Ghost in such a sweet and yet strong way that totally warmed my heart and filled my being that I knew without a doubt that the Book of Mormon and Joseph Smith were true. The realization of that absolute knowledge filled me with such elation that I wanted to laugh, cry, and shout for joy all at the same time. I'll never forget the feelings I experienced at that time as the Holy Ghost touched my heart, mind and soul. Over the years I have experienced many times that the Lord has helped, directed and blessed me through the power of the Holy Ghost. I know the church is true and am so grateful for this knowledge which brings so much peace and happiness into my life and the lives of those I love..... And that is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Having been admonished to always accept those callings, experiences and opportunities to learn, serve and grow, I have never been without a job of one sort or another for as long as I can remember. From the workplace to community to the church, I have been the recipient of some great experiences. To mention a few, I have worked a lot with musical groups, both in directing and participating in ward and stake levels, been a teacher (imagine that) in many various positions and organizations, president of three different auxiliaries, ward missionary, family history consultant and camp director. The most recent position, that I loved was teaching the 17 & 18 year old kids in Sunday School. These are the ones preparing for missions! What a great learning experience and challenge that was for me. The Lord knew what he was doing when He called me to that position because it really made me study, prepare and pray to stay one jump ahead of these smart kids. Not only that, I don't know what better experience I could have had to better prepare myself for this calling of being a missionary.