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Hi I'm Peggy Dunn

Hi, I love Family History, it is my corner of the world...my happy place! Familysearch.org/Family Tree is the best!

About Me

At the time of my birth, my mother was a devout Mormon, my father belonged to no particular religion. They built their first house right across the lawn from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and across the street from the Mormon Bishop. My father was literally 'loved' into the church by the Bishop and wonderful ward members. Needless to say, my father joined the church and 10 years after their civil marriage, they took their 3 daughters to the Salt Lake Temple with them to be sealed as a family for all time and eternity. When I was 12 yrs old, my parent's moved to Salt Lake City in hopes that their now 4 daughters would have a better chance of finding an LDS young man who honored his Priesthood and would take them to the temple. This worked perfect for me because my husband of 53 years is my High School sweetheart. He answered a call to serve a 2 year mission while we were engaged to be married. Upon his release after serving an honorable mission, we were married! We have been blessed with 3 sons, all returned missionaries and a happy, loving daughter. Life hasn't always been easy, there have been many times my faith has been tested but I am so grateful for parent's who gave up a new house and a father who loved his family so much, he joined the church, gave up a good paying job, left amazing friends and moved to Utah in hopes of his daughters finding an "eternal mate. I was definitely "born of goodly parents"! I have been extremely blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I was never forced to become a member of this church when I was 8 years old. It was my decision! I have never been forced by anyone at anytime to live any way contrary to the way I wanted to live! It has been important for me to know that when I get down on my knees and pray there really is someone listening, someone who loves me and is always there for me. I am proud to be a daughter of God and especially to be a woman, who works hand in hand with my husband who honors his priesthood and his God! We Have been blessed with 4 really great children and their spouses have become our son and daughters too. We have a great posterity who love and honor us and for this we are grateful! When I was 32 years old with 4 children ages 10 to 2, I contracted Guillain Barre Syndrome. I can remember lying in that hospital bed praying to survive this horrific disease so I could raise these 4 special children, on loan from Heavenly Father. After a year and a half of more pain than I could ever image living through, I am thankful that even though there are a few side effects, my life is pretty normal. Through these trials, I have been brought to my knees more often and find myself constantly talking to Heavenly Father whether it be for help or to thank him for the beauty that surrounds me. I know that God lives, that his son Jesus Christ suffered in the garden and gave up his life on the cross for me and for all of mankind, it is hard for me to understand this kind of love! I know that the gospel of Jesus Christ is true, that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and his son Jesus Christ. That he did restore the church in these latter days and that he was martyred because he was true to all he had witnessed as a young boy. I know the Book of Mormon is true because if it is studied with a sincere heart and real intent, we can know for ourselves the truth within its pages. I love each my children and I'm so thankful for my amazing husband, they are my life!

How I live my faith

My first church calling after marriage was working with the young women, ages 14-16, wow, did I learn to love these girls! We had wonderful times together and each girl was 'my girl'! I then taught the 8 year old boys how to 'choose the right' - some did, some didn't but they were 'my boys'! I moved on to the little children, ages 3 to 12 and of course, they became 'my children'! Looking down at those sweet little faces brought me smiles every Sunday! I have loved all of my callings in my church, especially at the Ogden Family History Center, first as a volunteer for about 8 years, then as a Missionary for 2. I also loved being Ward Family History Consultant for many years. Family History is my 'happy place' where all of my pain, both physical and emotional leaves while I search to learn, know and love my ancestors and my new found cousins! I love the 'hunt' but the 'find' always finds me doing the 'genealogy happy dance"! Now that we are in the lovely [ha!] Golden Years, we have been blessed to be called as the Ward Adult Couple Missionaries, certainly a calling I never expected but I am amazed at how much Missionary work and Family History, work hand in hand with God's children. It has been so much fun watching someone I am helping with their family history get choked up or catch their breath when they finally find that illusive loved one, who's blood literally flows through their veins! I have always loved our ward family and my neighbors but now I have all of them on my mind and in my prayers daily! With this new missionary calling, I almost feel like I am looking at all of them through a different pair of glasses and really seeing them for the first time with more love than ever before [I didn't think that was possible!] I have always been a Visiting Teacher and I cherish the time spent with "my sister's" and the lessons I have learned and the love I have received from them! I have been blessed beyond measure throughout my whole life!