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Hi I'm Colleen

I grew up in Orem Utah. I'm the youngest of six children and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Our family made potato chips. Not many people can say that. I started working when I was 2 ½. Actually, they could not afford a baby sitter, I sat on a big metal table, and I watched the potatoes chips drop off the conveyor belt into big boxes. As the boxes got full, I would slip down and push an empty box in its place. When I learned how to count I was allowed to pack the bagged chips into the boxes. My father was 50 when I was born so he retired when I was 12. For him retiring meant moving from one type of work to another. We closed down the potato chip factory and opened full force a bedding plant business. I’m grateful I know how to work. As I was growing up, we lived on a shoestring budget, so learning how to sew, and garden, were a big part of my childhood. I love to read good books. I have sewn many amazing articles of clothing and unique projects. If it can be made on a machine- I've probably done it. My most recent item is a little burial dress. Our son and daughter in law were told they were having twins. One would be fine and one would die shortly after she was born. They asked me if I would make a blessing dress and a burial dress. I prayed for days that the dress would be perfect. When the dress was finally finished, I knew that it was perfect for our little angel. However one of our many miracles is… Our little angel is still with us. She is 2 and a half months old and will have many surgeries. But she has a strong will, and a great mission to accomplish.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my heritage is filled with rich pioneer stories, we, in this life have the opportunity to make our own choices. I am very humbled to know how important the gospel was to my ancestors. The home I was raised in was not always active. As I became a teenager and started attending seminary, my desire for a very close relationship for our Savior became the focus of my heart. I have had many experiences where I know that the Lord is mindful of every person. I know that Miracles happen around us every day. I would be very lost without the gospel principles and my very sacred personal experiences. I know that blessings await each individual that is willing strive to do the right things, and ask a loving Father in Heaven for help and guidance. I think I would like to turn the tables and ask you… “Why wouldn’t I be a Mormon?”

How I live my faith

The last 6 years I have been very active in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers, DUP. I have been the Layton Company president with 11 camps to oversee. I have also volunteered at the Pioneer Memorial Museum in Salt Lake City. I have had several realizations working in this area. Everyone who came across the plains was NOT a Mormon. And People who were raised in the gospel of Jesus Christ do not always understand what they have. The DUP museum itself has given me many opportunities to help people understand some of the great events that took place which enabled the saints to move west, and our beliefs. I am always willing to do whatever is asked of me. I believe the most fulfilling thing I have done is to go visiting teaching. This is an opportunity as a relief society member to visit and create a strong bond between other women. We are able to buoy each other up, share gospel lessons, and encourage each other and our friends to be better people and to realize their potentials.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief society is the largest organization for women in the world. The sisters encourage and help each other to be better mothers, and to have stronger testimonies of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less