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Hi I'm Alene

I was born into the LDS faith and appreciate that the principles I was taught have helped me to become the person I am.

About Me

I have many titles: Mother, Grandmother, Nurse, Wife, Daughter, Friend, Mormon, Pianist, Neighbor, etc. I am in my second marriage (my first husband died in 2004) and now, besides my own 4 children and 8 grandchildren, there are 2 more children and 6 grandchildren added to the family! What a blessing! I am a retired orthopedic nurse, currently a ward missionary and live in Florida where I absolutely love the (almost) consistently nice weather, especially after living nearly 40 years in (mostly cold and snowy) Wisconsin. My current husband is Canadian, so we spend summers in the Toronto area. Life has a funny way of taking us to places we never thought we would live, eh?

Why I am a Mormon

Yes, I was born and raised in the LDS church, but when I was a teenager, I wanted to know FOR MYSELF if this church was everything my family and Sunday School teachers were telling me. I prayed, studied, and took religion classes. My testimony came as a gradual recognition of the Lord's hand in my life. That is what actually converted me. It was a process, over time. He has answered my prayers (not always how I wanted them to be answered, btw), He has placed me where I need to be to gain experiences, and He has spoken quietly to my heart. All throughout my life the guiding principles I have been taught in this church have kept me in good stead. Those principles kept me chaste and drug free as a teenager growing up in the '60's, a faithful wife and mother of 4 children in young and middle adulthood, and comforted me after the death of my first husband. Experiencing that deep loss was the most difficult thing I have thus far lived through, and I came to know and understand the role of the Holy Ghost like never before. I have had such wonderful experiences which testify of God's love for me-- for all mankind-- and the good that is in this world that I could never doubt this true Gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth.. My beliefs have protected me, guided me, placed me where I should be, comforted me, taught me about parenting, love, compassion, truth, etc. I am firmly entrenched and will never deny what I know to be righteous principles and the way to return to live with my Heavenly Father. For this, I am most grateful.

How I live my faith

As a lifelong church member, (and being the age I am now) I can honestly say I've served in the LDS church in almost every calling possible....except those dealing with Priesthood, our men's organization! I have been able to share my elementary music talents wherever I have lived, and have served in different organizations in different capacities my whole life since I was 14 years old. I remember my grandmother telling me when I complained as a teenager about needing to play the piano in church so much: "If you don't use your talents, you will lose them" and I now gladly play or lead the music in our meetings, thankful for the opportunity to share my talents. I love serving in the Lord's church and I have grown in each calling, made friends, and anchored my testimony through this service. I try to be an example to my friends and neighbors, as well as the community by living well, being happy, and sharing my beliefs when it is appropriate to do so. I am amazed how interested people are about this church when they find out I am a Mormon, because there are misconceptions and falsehoods which are often spread about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. These conversations often reveal that we members have a lot in common with those of other religions, and that we can come together as Christians through our similarities.