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Hi I'm Wendy

I am a wife and mom of 8 children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I married as teenagers. We became members of the LDS church as young marrieds with 2 little boys. We ended up having 6 more children. I was an only child and wanted a large family. I learned early on how difficult it was being a stay-at-home mom. I learned so much from the other women at church. Even though it was difficult, it was also the most rewarding experience of my life. All the children are grown and live all over the country, but they give my husband and I so much love. Our 35 grandchildren are all awesome. While in my 30s with 8 children at home, I felt my vocabulary had dropped to a 3-year-old level. So I attended college and received my BS in Psychology. I chose not to work and to stay home and use my degree to help me become a better mom and person. I love doing family history since family is so important to me. My family is the center of my life along with the Gospel. I love traveling especially to visit family. My husband and I have driven in every state in the US except North Dakota. We have lived in all four corners of the US plus the Midwest. We lived in Birmingham, England for 8 months and enjoyed driving all over the UK. We visited Paris, Rome, Venice, and Florence, Italy while living in England. We took a cruise in the Norway fjords to visit the place my great grandparents left from to come to America. We've also traveled in Canada and Mexico. I look forward to many more fun adventures.

Why I am a Mormon

Since I was a young child being raised by a single mom who wasn't interested in religion, I still knew that God was there and watched over me. From ages 8 to 13, I attended many different churches that I could walk to. At ages 13 to 18, I lived with my father and stepmother and attended her church. I loved going to church. But I always had two questions that no one could answer satisfactorily: 1) Why isn't God speaking to us like He spoke to people in Biblical times; and, 2) Why aren't there prophets and apostles in our church today? After my husband and I were married 5 years and had 2 small boys, I was unhappy. I didn't have friends or a supportive family and my husband worked full-time and went to college part-time. I was left alone with the boys. I didn't know how to make myself happy. Then my husband's cousin was going to be a missionary for the Mormon church and we were invited to his farewell. Of course, I had to ask him my two questions along with a few more from the Bible. Not only was he able to answer my questions, but I knew instantly that his answers were true. He gave me 5 books to read including the Book of Mormon. I read all of them and knew in my heart that they spoke the truth. Three weeks later, both my husband and I were baptized. That was 44 years ago. I love the Gospel. I love Jesus Christ. The Holy Spirit has guided me, taught me, and comforted me throughout these years I know I would not have been as confident, happy and fulfilled as I am now had it not been for becoming a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith daily by praying to Heavenly Father and reading my scriptures. I also like to help others. I love people and love getting to know them on a deeper spiritual level. When my sons were younger, I was a den mother. I was also the secretary of the boys' baseball league and kept score of the games. I've taught many classes at church including the youth from 3 to 18. I've also taught women's classes and was president of the women's organization. My daughters were involved in dance and sports. I spent a lot of time in the car chauffeuring children from one activity to another. The car is a good place to have short, meaningful conversation with the children. I once put 25,000 miles on the car in 1 year without going further than 5 miles from home. At one point, my husband and I put on a conference for single adults over 30 that 375 attended from all over New England. We had spiritual speakers in the afternoon and a moonlight dinner and dance cruise in the evening. Now that we are seniors, we are getting ready to become service missionaries at a Chicago employment resources center for 18 months. We are excited to serve and help people there get jobs or better their careers. After that, I can't see myself sitting in a rocker on the front porch. There are so many more ways to serve and have adventures.