What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Penny

I grew up in Utah, and have lived in California, France, and Idaho. I am a lifetime Mormon.

About Me

I have three children and eight grandchildren. I am now retired, but have been a dietitian, an aerobics instructor, director of a health clinic, and a line dance teacher. My husband and I love to do ballroom dancing, square dancing, and biking. We are "snowbirds",(live where it is cool in the summer and go somewhere warm in the winter). I love to sew, quilt, do handiwork, such as embroidery and crochet, scrapbook, put together puzzles, read, and I am a whiz at Sudoku. I am a member of Daughters of Utah Pioneers, as many of my ancestors came across the plains. I served a mission for the LDS church when I was a young woman, and am now thrilled to be serving as a missionary again with my husband in the Tennessee Nashville Mission..

Why I am a Mormon

Many of my ancestors, great-great grandparents, were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the 1880's, when they learned from early missionaries that the original gospel of Jesus Christ was again restored to the earth. Some of them even knew the prophet Joseph Smith. They came across the plains as Mormon pioneers, and settled in Utah. They suffered many hardships, but had strong faith and testimonies of Jesus Christ. Both my parents were born into the Mormon Church, but needed to develop their own conviction of its truth, and chose to be baptized. They too were faithful members of the Church. My brother, sisters and myself were subsequently born into the Mormon Church, but as all persons must do, I needed to develop a testimony of my own and choose to be baptized or not. I have always known the the Lord loved me, and that He loves all His children. As I read the Book of Mormon, another testament of Christ, I also grew to know, by the Spirit, that those ancient scriptures which Joseph Smith translated were true reports and testimonies of Jesus Christ, and that those ancient prophets that wrote in the Book of Mormon were true prophets just as Moses, Isaiah, John and others in the Bible were. I learned about the plan Heavenly Father has for us on this earth, and the mission of Jesus Christ and the gift of eternal life He has provided for us. I chose to be baptized, and have found joy in my life as I have chosen to live His gospel, and be blessed by being a member of His restored Church. His prophets provide the guidance I need in my life. I love the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I love to teach, and have been blessed with that ability, so I have taught many Sunday and week-day classes to children, young women, and adults. I have also served as president of the children's organization as well as the women's organization. We consider it a privilege to give service to others, including visiting others, caring for the sick, helping in the home, helping someone move, doing community service projects, and even providing meals for neighbors and friends ( we are known for our casseroles, and yes, JELLO salads). :) We read scriptures every day after breakfast, and alternate The Bible, and The Book of Mormon. We love to read the stories of Jesus Christ and discuss together ways to better follow Him. We also read articles from a monthly magazine the LDS Church publishes that contains articles from our current Prophet and other leaders. My husband and I both play the piano and enjoy playing hymns both at home and for church services. Along with hymns for general church meetings, there are also fantastic childrens' songs that teach the principles of the gospel. They are both fun and profound. I have to practice a lot. When I was a young woman of 21, I spent 2 years in France, teaching the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who wanted to learn about and join the Mormon Church. Now, at age 72, I am again going to devote a year to serve another mission, this time with my husband in the Nashville Tennessee, USA area. We love being a part of the Mormon, or LDS faith.