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Hi I'm Stacey Burkinshaw

I grew up on a farm in Wyoming. I have a teaching degree. I'm a wife, mother to seven and grandmother to 20. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a dairy farm in a small community in the west. My early days were spent working on the farm, going to school, and participating in pretty much every extracurricular activity available. It was a great experience. I left home to attend Brigham Young University Provo and received my degree in Elementary Education. Several months later my new husband, our baby daughter and I moved to the mid-west which we now call home. We have moved enough times that our five daughters were all born in a different state. We also have two sons. Our children our grown and have families of there own and are located across the United States. After raising our children I continued to love to teach and do so as a substitute teacher which allows me to both work with children and be of service to some wonderful educators who on occasion need time off. It is also flexible for me and allows me to help with new grandbabies which now total 20. Raising a family has brought me great joy. I am reminded every time the grandchildren come to visit and we head for the park how much I love/d being a Mom and love God's creations. My husband will retire in a few months and we are looking forward to this new stage of life. We have been called to serve a mission together in another country and are excited about this new opportunity to serve in another corner of the Lord's vineyard.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the church in a small Wyoming town settled by the early Saints who were sent by Brigham Young. The settlement of these communities is a story of faith. From my earliest years as I watched generations of these good people live their lives with faith I have never thought to do otherwise. I can honestly say that I have never had a desire to openly rebel, but as we all do struggle day to day to do the things that keep us solidly on the Lord's path. I have relied on the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ for repentance, but also for the enabling power that it holds. Because of that I have been blessed way beyond what I deserve. I am thankful for the restored gospel of Jesus Christ through the Prophet Joseph Smith and know that we have living prophets today. I am grateful for prophetic counsel and direction in a very troubled world. Many times I have relied on that counsel to know which path to take. I have always known that I had a Heavenly Father that loved me and was interested in the course of my life. I have felt that love many times. Because I grew up in the church my conversion was more a life time of experiences with the spirit than a single event. However those experiences with the spirit continue to affirm that this is the Lord's church and being a part of this work is what He wants me to do. I love to serve in His church because it gives me the opportunity to associate with His children, seeing them through His eyes and knowing how much He loves them. It is in the home I have experienced my greatest joy in serving our Heavenly Father. I have a loving companion who has made me a better person because of his committed desire to be obedient. We have learned much from our seven children and a growing family that numbers 35 and still growing. I am grateful everyday that my children are faithfully serving and learning the lessons I have learned in serving. This is God's church and the Gospel of Jesus Christ is the path back to Him.

How I live my faith

Recently my husband and I viewed the movie "Meet the Mormons". As I watched the lives of these six wonderful people on film I reflected on my own life. I have found that being a mother and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has provided unlimited opportunities to develop the talents which the Lord has blessed me with. I love music and have enough knowledge and background that I can use it at home, in the church, in the community and as a teacher. Last Spring as the trees were beginning to blossom I taught a pre-kindergarten class a song I learned in church called Popcorn Popping, they loved it. Recently I taught a song about insects and how they are put together to a kindergarten class--it was so fun!! I have found whenever I put together a program or activity in the church that music has the ability to teach the message in a powerful way. In a program for the women of the church the message was centered on the power that temple covenants bring to our lives particularly during challenging times. We used a song by a wonderful composer called "Shared of Glass" in which the chorus says, "He can take our broken shards of glass to color temple walls. He can mend our broken places and make temples of us all. He can do miracles..." I know and have experienced the power of the atonement of Jesus Christ and have seen it so many times is the lives of those who I have served. My experiences in serving in the church have been many and varied and each time I have seen the Lord's hand in the work. I have been blessed to feel and know how much the Lord loves His children and been directed to know what He would give to them particularly in times of need. I have always known that I could do what He needs me to do with His help.