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Hi I'm Nanette

I'm a mom, a teacher, and a Mormon. I was raised in Utah and New Jersey by wonderful parents who inspire me every day.

About Me

I was born in Utah and lived there till I was 12 years old. Then my family moved to New Jersey, and I was the only Mormon in my middle school. I was grateful for my faith as I faced the challenges of adolescence and the many important choices that stage of life brings. During my college years, I decided to serve a full-time mission for 18 months in Taiwan, teaching people about Jesus Christ. After my mission, I finished my degree and became a middle school English teacher while also meeting and marrying my sweetheart. We had our first baby a year after we married. He was born with a congenital heart defect and only survived five days. It was a heartbreaking time, but filled with love and tenderness from family and friends. We have since had seven more children, each amazingly unique and wonderful. I am currently not teaching school so that I can enjoy being home with my kids, and I am grateful to my husband for his hard work to make it possible for me to stay home. Our last two babies are twins, born three months prematurely, one perfectly healthy, and the other with severe brain damage. Our handicapped son has become source of incredible learning for our family, and has helped us learn what really matters in life.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the joy I feel when I study the Book of Mormon and when I listen to the current prophet and his apostles speak. As I do those things, I feel as if I am being filled with light. I know that feeling is the Holy Ghost confirming to me that the things I am learning are true. And when I live what they teach, my life is filled with joy, peace, and purpose.

How I live my faith

I am a teacher in the women's organization in our church. I also visit and teach three sisters in their homes, making sure their needs are met and taking in meals when needed. At home, we gather our children for family prayers and scripture study each day. I have my own personal scripture study and prayers each day, and my husband and I pray together each night before bed. On Monday nights, we have Family Night where we all take turns teaching a gospel lesson and having a fun family activity. I also enjoy tucking each of my kids into bed at night while softly singing my favorite hymns about Jesus Christ.

What is the Atonement of Jesus Christ? Why was it necessary for Jesus Christ to sacrifice His life?

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the sacrifice He willingly made for us to pay the debt for our sins and to give us power to overcome our weakness. I have hope to endure and to keep trying because I know through Jesus Christ I can do all things and overcome all things. Everything that seems unfair in this life will be compensated because of the atonement of Jesus Christ. If we choose to follow Christ, I believe all will be much more than compensated. Everything we have suffered will be made joyous because we have endured it well, kept the faith, and come out victorious through the combination of His grace and our choice to follow Him. Show more Show less