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Hi I'm Colleen

I live in Utah. I'm a writer, a mom, and a Mormon.

About Me

At age 34, I graduated from Weber State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Creative Writing. I walked the stage with four of my five kids in the audience. I work full-time and juggle home life with my husband, kids, and a niece and nephew, who we are raising. Life is hectic at best and completely spins circles at the worst, but we get through each day and rely on the Lord to fill in the gaps we can't.

Why I am a Mormon

I was baptized when I was eight years old but didn't have parents that were active. I occasionally went to church when I had primary leaders who took the time to befriend me. When I was 14, I took the prophet's challenge and read the Book of Mormon. I got to Alma 24 and read about people who made a covenant that they would not fight against the Laminates, and when the enemy came against them, they laid down and died for their religion. I knew that if these people felt so strongly about their faith, there must be some truth to it. I prayed about the Book of Mormon and received an answer that it was true. I think my real conversion happened after a divorce from a temple marriage that didn't turn out how I had envisioned my life. I asked myself and the Lord some really hard questions. I remarried to a convert and could have easily turned from the church at that time. I chose instead to be a strong example to my new husband and lead him in the gospel. We were sealed in the temple while I was pregnant with our fifth child. We have been active church members since. I know that the church is true and that Heavenly Father knows each of His children and he wants us to be happy in this life. He can help us to find that happiness if we ask.

How I live my faith

I can't get through the day without prayer and scripture study. I've learned that the Lord knows me personally and He will be there constantly for me if I just ask. Prayer can be a very powerful tool when used correctly. I serve as a 2nd counselor in Relief Society and our ward has been on a reactivation mission, since half of our ward members are inactive. I've seen great things happen when families come back to church. No one has a perfect life, or even a perfect day, but we can get through our trials by doing our best, having a positive outlook, remembering our blessings, and asking the Lord to help us.