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Hi I'm Calleen

I have a neat husband, 4 married sons & 18 grandchildren. I'm a retired elem school teacher, love a busy life, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married to a wonderful husband, and we have four fabulous sons who are each married to a beautiful young lady. Eighteen grandchildren bless our lives. My husband and I have lived in three different states, which was a wonderful experience for us and our boys, and have been able to travel throughout most of the U.S. I am a retired elementary school teacher after twenty-five years of teaching, guiding, and enjoying 3rd and 4th grade students. We have also had the great experience of teaching university students in Tianjin, China where we helped them with their oral English. In my retirement years I enjoy working in the yard with my husband. He takes care of the vegetable garden while I work in the flowers where I enjoy cultivating peonies from my grandmother's bushes. We also enjoy golfing, going for a walk in the mornings (outside or the gym depending on the weather), going on short 3-4 day get-away trips, reading, serving in our Church, and spending time with friends and family - which sometimes takes us to places like Japan and Italy in order to see children and grandchildren. As we travel I also enjoy working on handwork - knitting or crocheting. Recently we have found it interesting to get to know our ancestors through research, reading journals, visiting via email and phone with long, lost cousins. Life is good, and I am grateful for the blessings that I have been given.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon for two reasons: I was born to parents who were members of the Church, and I choose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes known as The Mormon Church. I choose to be a member because I know through prayer, study, and faith that I am a child of God, that my Heavenly Father loves me and knows me. I also know through prayer, study, and faith that I lived with our Father in Heaven before coming to this earth, and I can return to Him when finished in this mortal existence. I also know that I chose to come to this earth in order to receive a physical body and go through trials in order for me to prove that I can be obedient to His laws and commandments in order for me to return to a loving Heavenly Father. I know that it is possible for me to return to our heavenly home through the gift and sacrifice of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of our Father in Heaven. I have had experiences where the Holy Spirit has borne witness to me that the doctrines taught by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are true and are for my growth and development as a loved child of God. Because of this knowledge I choose to be a member of this wonderful Church. I know that God is our Eternal Father, that Jesus Christ is His Son and gave his life for me, and the Holy Spirit guides me daily and bears witness to me that these things are true. I am so grateful for the blessings I receive by being a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I feel it is an important part of a well-rounded, balanced life to participate in community and church activities. My husband and I support our community by voting, participating in planting - cleaning projects, attend annual community celebrations, support a local restaurant, etc. I thoroughly enjoy attending and being involved in my local Church - The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I support and live my faith by accepting calls by the local church leaders to work with children, youth, and women of my age group. I have taught valuable lessons of the Savior and how we can follow His example. I have been asked to lead groups of younger or older women where much planning, organizing, and facilitating is done in order to help young women set goals or provide uplifting lessons or activities where friendships are shared or renewed. At times I have been asked to organize humanitarian projects for the benefits of those who are in need throughout the world. Another calling that I enjoy is being a "visiting teacher" where I look forward to visiting with a few of the women in my Church community to see how they are doing. This visiting gives me an opportunity to teach them a principal of the gospel, or help them in times of need, or listen to their joys or sorrows, or simply take them a plate of cookies ... just be their loving friend and sister. I also try to live my faith by having personal time to seek knowledge by reading the scriptures and other uplifting Church books and materials, pray for daily guidance, attend my Church meetings, support family endeavors, and be a friend to everyone by following Christ's examples in "loving one another". Being involved in my ward (church) brings me great satisfaction followed with wonderful blessings.