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Hi I'm Betty Nelson

I was born and raised in Yuma, Arizona which is in the very southwest corner of Arizona. I still live here today.

About Me

I am married, have a husband, five children who are all married, and 16 grandchildren. We own a small Medjool date farm just across the Colorado River in the state of California. My job with the farm is billing and payroll for our few employees. Most of my time is used keeping house, serving at our LDS (Mormon) church, researching my ancestors information, and making quilts. I'm not sure how many quilts I have made as some have been for donation to charities. I would guess the number of quilts is about 35-40. Quilting gives me a sense of creativity, accomplishment and enjoyment.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother was a member of the Mormon church but my father was not. In fact, my parents separated when I was 13 and later divorced. Mother always served in various ways at church while she worked full time as a school teacher and took care of her three children. My conversion to the truthfulness of the church came gradually through the years. Attending church always made me feel peaceful and happy. While going to a church owned university, I learned much about my religion as I attended religion classes, discussed religion topics with roommates, and learned from my ward members as well. But even though I didn't have any one defining experience that showed me the truthfulness of the Mormon church, I do have a deep faith that this church is Jesus Christ's organization on the earth today. He has brought His plan for redemption back to the earth again to its original form. It is so comforting to know that Christ leads, speaks to our modern day prophet, and directs His church. Knowing that I can be with my loved ones again after I die and pass on, that I can follow His commandments to show that I believe, and to feel His guidance in my life brings comfort, peace, rest, and contentment.

How I live my faith

In the ward where I worship, I have had many various callings. Some years I have worked with the children, many years were spent teaching and serving the youth, but most recently I have been involved with the women's organization where I served with the president as her counselor. The Sunday lessons for the women was my responsibility along with giving compassionate service and helping plan dinners and activities. Playing the piano or the organ during our worship service and for the ward choir have been my responsibility recently as well. Each day I practice the choir music so I can play it as flawlessly as possible during the performance. One night a week I have volunteered to work in the Family History Center helping others locate information about ancestors. I enjoy attending church, serving, and meeting new people.

What blessings can you receive from reading the Book of Mormon, the Bible, and other scriptures?

Betty Nelson
In 2013, my younger sister was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of brain cancer at age 57. The doctors gave her 18 months to live. At about the same time, my daughter-in-law, who is a mother of four small children, was fighting breast cancer at the age of 34 With two very loved members of the family being treated for cancer, I felt a crushing blow in my life. I tried to help and support them both. Both family members were treated by having surgery, radiation and chemotherapy. For my sister, the cancer was incurable and but she spent her last months serving others as often as she could. She passed away in November 2014 leaving a husband and 3 grown children. The daughter-in-law has now regained her health and is feeling well once more. I knew I needed help from my Heavenly Father during this time in order to keep my faith strong. I started reading the Book of Mormon each day with a study guide. The peace I was seeking did not come immediately but after a few months, the anguish I was feeling lessened and I felt stronger and comforted. I miss my sister very much, but know that someday I will see her once more and enjoy her company again. The positive results of my daughter-in-law's treatment is a relief and a blessing. I know Heavenly Father's spirit supported me and continues to guide me as I daily study the scriptures. Show more Show less