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Hi I'm Cecelie

I've been a wife for 40 years, the mother of seven children and the grandmother of twenty-one so far and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I had an adventure-filled youth. I competed in swimming and gymnastics, went back-packing and rappelling, enjoyed snow and water skiing, took off for San Francisco in a Volkswagon bus, and ended up in Brazil as an exchange student. Then, I got married and found a new kind of adventure. My husband and I along with our seven children cut down the trees and built our own log home. We worked together to create the kind of a living and learning environment we desired in a small town in Idaho. Independence, self-reliance and creativity have always been important to me. As I've aged I've found other ways to be adventurous. After the children grew up, I went back to college and finally graduated. People always asked, "Why do you need a degree now? What are you going to do with it?" I always answered, "Why don't I need one?" I love to learn. That degree made it possible to go with my husband to China and spend a year there teaching English. It was an amazing experience. I don't ever want to quit learning. Life, even in its daily routine, is such an adventure, I want to get everything out of it I can and I feel like I've done that when I have something to give back to those around me.

Why I am a Mormon

I come from a long line of Mormons, but I had parents who taught us to search out the truth for ourselves. Everyone must find their own way back to God, but that doesn't mean any path will do. When a specific destination is desired, there is always a best way. You might ask "best" according to who or according to what criteria? But when it comes to organized religion there is one path back to our Father in Heaven that has everything, that is the best in every category, one church that has all the answers, one church that demands total commitment and then returns the blessings a hundred-fold. The Church of Jesus Christ is an incredible institution. My life as a Mormon mother has been rich and fulfilling. The Church has helped me raise seven wonderful, faithful children who believe in Jesus Christ and are going about doing good in their own communities. But when all is said and done, through every trial and joy of life, it is the quiet whispering of the Holy Spirit confirming to me the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ that is the reason I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Ever since I married, my life has been filled with children. I've had the opportunity to teach them many things from gymnastics, to swimming, to cooking, to acting, to music and even religion. I love being the teacher; I always learn more than my students do. I've done many things, but I've never really excelled at any of them, my teaching wasn't ever a master teaching a novice, it always more a service of sharing what I did know. I've learned that its ok to not be amazingly talented. Being willing and dedicated and loving those you teach is much more important than ability. To me, living my faith and following Jesus Christ means continually giving my time and my talents wherever they are needed. I've been an EMT, the Victim's Advocate, a member of the Drug Court and the Director of the community theatre. A small town affords many opportunities for service and through service we develop long-time priceless relationships. I'm loading up on these treasures because life is going fast.

To what do you attribute the growth of the Church?

While other churches find their membership diminishing, why does the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints keep growing? The simple, practical answer is because it's true! Because it is, in fact, Christ's church restored to the earth. There seems to be a great polarizing of the population going on. I think a lot of us feel it. We have an urgency to align ourselves with those who share our values. We can't seem to find this companionship politically. Social institutions provide some outlets for our desire to associate and work together towards these common goals,but inside, we know that what we yearn for is an aligning of the Spirit. We know that there is more to life than this life. We know that we want commitment, not only personally but collectively. We want to belong to something great, a living, growing, vital force for good. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is that force. It is the answer. It is the pathway. It is the vehicle. It is Christ's church, not man's. It invites questions. It provides answers. We find strength together as we share our common, active faith in the service of Jesus Christ and that's why the church grows. Show more Show less