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Hi I'm Cecily Nelson

I grew up in Alberta, Canada. I'm now retired after teaching Special Education students for 25 years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am Mum to four grown children and Nana to ten grandchildren. When I was growing up, I had three younger brothers and a foster First Nation brother who lived with my family for six years. He was recently elected to his tribal council on Vancouver Island. We still visit together, keep in touch, and stay close. He is my brother. When my children were growing up, we had a Navajo foster son living with us. It was wonderful for my family to learn about another culture. We learned to love each other and to respect people from all cultures. I still enjoy associations with people from all walks of life. I've been called as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and will be living among Polynesian peoples. It will be wonderful for me to learn more about their history, family life and cultural activities.

Why I am a Mormon

Growing up, I always had a religious frame of mind. I would go to Church with my very devoted Mormon mother, then run home, grab a quarter for the collection plate, and attend another church with a neighbor friend. But even as a child I knew that in my mother's church I could "feel" the Holy Spirit more than in any other place. I was touched by the words I heard from the pulpit, felt the warmth of the people who worshiped there, and loved the beautiful music. I knew that my mother was sincere in her strong faith. She was the most Christ-like person I knew, and I adored her for it. When I was eight years old, I wanted to be baptized, but my father, who was not a member, would not allow it. He wanted me to wait until I was an adult to make such an important decision. Over the years, my desire to join the Church only grew stronger. I gained a testimony that this was Christ's church that had been restored to the earth. When I was sixteen, missionaries for the Church suggested that I fast and pray that my father would give permission for me to be baptized. Many friends from my church classes joined with me in faith and a day of fasting. My father's heart was softened, and he signed the permission form. It was a joyous time. I was baptized on Canada's Remembrance Day, and for me it was certainly a day to remember - something I had longed for and dreamed of. My membership in the Church of Jesus Christ is a great treasure to me. The Church IS my life, and through its teachings I know I grow closer and closer to my Heavenly Father and His precious son.

How I live my faith

In my church, I teach 14 and 15 year-olds in Sunday School. For the most part, they are eager to learn and participate. We all learn from each other, and I love these young people and their enthusiasm! I'm also a visiting teacher, which means that I get to spend some personal time each month with three other women who belong to our organization for women. Another friend and I visit these women in each of their homes. We visit, share what is happening in our lives, strengthen each other in times of need, and celebrate successes. We learn to love and support each other. It's a great way to make the closest of friends! We also share our feelings about the gospel of Jesus Christ and we inspire each other to become more devoted daughters of God.