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Hi I'm Pam

I grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah and because of that I love, love, love the four seasons. I'm a Mormon

About Me

I am a great grandma to 5, a grandma to 16, and a mother to three boys and one girl. I love my family. I have been married to a very good man for 44 years next month. Though I worked part time when my children were young and assisted my husband as his executive secretary in his businesses, I am now "retired". My husband and I are going on a LDS Church Mission to Japan in about a month. We will be gone for about two years. I am so excited as well as a little anxious. I think that's normal. It has been crazy trying to prepare. So much to do. But is is wonderful to be able to serve other people in Japan even as a "retired" person. You never get to old to help others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Our nickname is "Mormon" because we read very special scriptures that are called "The Book of Mormon" Another testament of Jesus Christ. The "Bible" is a witness of Jesus Christ through the experiences of the people in Jerusalem and the areas around there. The "Book of Mormon" is another witness of Jesus Christ through the experiences of an ancient people who lived on the American continent. Though I was born into the Church because my parents were members, I had to gain my own testimony of its truthfulness. Through my own experiences, I know that we were spirit children of a Heavenly Father and a Heavenly Mother. Our elder brother, Jesus Christ was willing to come to earth and suffer great pain to atone for our sins so that we might live again with him and our Heavenly Father if we repent and try hard to live good moral lives. I know that in the early 1800s a young boy, named Joseph Smith prayed to know the truth. He was an instrument in the hands of Jesus Christ to restore his gospel to the earth. The same gospel that Jesus Christ established on the earth when he was here. I know that Heavenly Father loves us so much that he has called a Prophet as in olden times to help us know how he wants us to live. As the world gets more and more confused, the Prophet of the Lord, Thomas S. Monson lead the Church as he is directed by our Savior. President Monson reminds us that just because something is popular or accepted in the world that does not make it right. Our God is the same yesterday and today. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the true Church. Not because I want to hold it over peoples heads that I am better in any way. But simply because I was fortune enough to have found Jesus Christ's church here on the earth today. You too can know the truth of what I testify.

How I live my faith

We live in an area that has a lot of people attending our church building each Sunday. It is wonderful to be able to associate with good people each week. However my religion is not just a Sunday thing. I think about my brother Jesus Christ and try to live the way he would want me to. My day starts with prayer. I have so many blessings and I want my Heavenly Father to know how much I appreciate his tender mercies. It is important to me to keep my home clean and tidy. I feel the spirit best when things around me are organized. I spend much of my time serving my family. All of my children are married and live close by. I love to babysit the little ones and let them know how much I love them. Once a month I visit three of the ladies in our church congregation to make sure they are doing well and to see if there is any way I can be of service to them. I love to bake, so often I will make some bread or cookies to share with them. I try to be aware of others in our congregation that I can serve in other ways. A couple months ago my husband and I were in charge of a dinner for our congregation. We decided to have a luau. It was so much fun. We decorated like crazy with hundreds of bright tissue flowers, paper palm trees, and paper surfboards. Everyone that came dressed in grass skirts or moomoos. They were all given a lei at the door when they came in. We fed about four hundred hungry people. Serving others gives us purpose in life. My day ends with family prayer with my husband as there are only the two of us at home now. Then we crawl in bed and my husband reads the scriptures to me. It is a perfect ending to a usually very busy day.

What is the purpose of the welfare services of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints?

My husband and I worked for a year at a local Deseret Industries, a thrift store that is owned my the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Until we started working there all we knew about it was that people donated used goods that were in good shape and then other people came and purchased those items at a greatly reduced price. But the true purpose of Deseret Industries is to help people get jobs. The people who work there, associates, are those people who are currently unemployed for various reasons. It could be because they have problems keeping jobs or they need to increase their skills to get a better job. All the income from the store goes to train the associates and to help them get a job out in the community. The training includes several thousand dollars for each person to go to schools that offer certifications. The Deseret Industries also teaches the associates how to fill out job applications and how to interview properly. They even have a program that will have an employer allow an associate to work and train at their place of business up to six weeks without having to pay them anything. The Deseret Industries continues to pay the associates wages while they work for a local business owner. Often times that business owner hires the associate on because they are such good competent workers. Show more Show less