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Hi I'm Tracy

I'm an Aussie and I love to travel. I'm currently in the Philippines with my husband as a missionary. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have an amazing husband who somehow saw my potential when we got married. He has been my levelling guide for the last 25 years. But I tend to get things around the wrong way sometimes. For example my education. At the age of 46 I decided to go back to school to obtain a degree. Probably a bit late in life when it comes to planning my future, but it worked for me. At heart I am a mum and I have spent much of my life teaching and training my children to become independent and productive individuals. So in essence I basically did myself out of a job, as recently our youngest left home to find his own way, and we became empty nesters. I'm proud of my children and what they are achieving in their lives, so I figure I did an ok job. It has always been a dream of mine to run away to a third world country and see if I can make a difference somewhere. Well, that's exactly what my husband and I are about to do. We are heading over to Tacloban in the Philippines for the next three years to take charge of 200 young men and young women (did someone say something about empty nesters?) as they share the secret of eternal happiness with these humble and happy people.

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught from a young age about family, love and faith. I'm grateful for a family who support me and respect me in the choices I have made. I'm grateful for my own family who represent all that is most precious in this life. Ultimately I know that as I work in harmony with the laws of God and keep sacred promises I have made, that I will be able to live with them forever. I work daily to love and respect my neighbor as I would want them to love and respect me. Christ taught us how important love is. But that love extends beyond just ourselves and our family. We are commanded to love one another...even our enemies. For many this would seem an impossible feat, but Christ is our perfect example and I know that as we focus on His perfect example we can overcome anything. Faith is my path to betterment. Faith is what allows me to become, not only what I want to become, but also what God wants me to become. I know, as I look back on my life, I would not be where I am now without God. He knew where I could be even tho' I didn't know then. I have faith that he will not lead me astray. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been my anchor to who I will become. I know it to be the Lords true church on this earth today. By following its principles and ordinances I know I will be able to return to His presence once again and live in harmony and happiness with my family.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by sharing the talents I have been given. Life is about learning...learning about who I am and who God wants me to be. But that learning is useless unless I put it to work. I've done this in many ways throughout my life. I've worked with youth and other members of the community to teach them how to be successful in their lives. I've taught, I've dug gardens, I've painted sheds, I've scrubbed floors and I've listened to the needs of others. One of my crowning accomplishments has been a humanitarian project I formed recently. I managed (with the help of many other people around the world) to collect 500 backpacks - all with a full set of school supplies (pens, pencils, books etc) - for students of a school in the Philippines after the recent devastation there caused be Typhoon Yolanda. This project has restored my faith in the humanity of man. I continue to look forward to many new opportunities to serve the people of the Philippines over the next three years.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

As members of the church we follow the example of Christ who served and helped ALL people. While we do work closely as a congregation to support and fellowship each other, we also love to be a part of the wider community and help those in need. Regularly LDS congregations can be found out in the community helping. Recently our local congregation helped to paint a local church building, which was a different denomination, and maintain the surrounding gardens. As individuals we also look for opportunities to make our community a happier place. When we see a need that we are able to meet, we gladly share our time and talents to help. I personally oversaw a humanitarian project this year where I was able to collect and distribute almost 500 education packs for a school in Tacloban, Philippines after the recent devastation there with Typhoon Yolanda. On a larger scale, and in places where we as individuals can't offer personal assistance, the church has always been there thru humanitarian aid. That aid has come in the form of medical aid, clothing, shelter and hygiene kits and has found its way to the worst hit areas of natural disasters around the world - religious affiliation has no bearing on where or to whom this aid is given. Show more Show less