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Hi I'm Penny

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a sister, a friend, a neighbor. I am a Mormon and that affects everything else that I am.

About Me

I get to hang out with kindergarteners on a daily basis as a kindergarten aide. I also tutor one student in reading twice a week. I love working with kids. I learn a lot from them. They give me plenty of reasons to smile and things to ponder. I love helping children learn. Helping them discover the fun and adventure of learning keeps me young and enthusiastic about life and living. I am the mother of four children and two grandchildren. My grandchildren live many miles away which can be hard but it also reminds me of how important it is to not take family for granted. I have lots of fun putting together packages for them. My husband and I are empty-nesters which gives us a good opportunity to take a closer look at our nest and decide what to fill it with and how to keep it welcoming to our not-so-little birds. I love to read and talk about books. I love poetry. I like to write. I love words. I enjoy baking. I am a bit hooked on taking pictures with my phone. I love to look for beauty and things that are simply extraordinary.

Why I am a Mormon

I think it is good to stop and ask ourselves the question, 'Why am I a Mormon?' I once had a non-member friend and co-worker ask me why I did all the things I did in my church voluntarily. That gave me a chance to take pause and ponder... Every since I was quite young I have felt that I was part of something much bigger than myself, that there was more to life than what we can see. As a young teenager I was having some struggles that made me feel I had nowhere to turn so I turned to God and out of those difficult times grew an assurance that I wasn't alone. I know God is real and He is the father of my spirit. I know that Jesus Christ is my Savior, my Redeemer, my brother, my constant friend. He chose to obey our Heavenly Father and gave his life so we could live again. He lived and died and lives again for us. For that we need to do more than just believe in him. We need to follow him and trust him and yoke ourselves to him. I know that Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ do everything for our happiness, our learning, our growth, our joy. I know these things through the amazing and wonderful power of The Holy Ghost who brings the light and truth of God to my mind and peace and hope to my heart. I am a Mormon because I choose to be. Being a Mormon helps me know who I am and who I can become. I am a child of God, a daughter of God. He wants me to return home to him and he has given me a path to follow. The scriptures are the word of God. The Book of Mormon is truly a second witness of Jesus Christ written for us in our times. The scriptures open up windows and doors of understanding in my mortal mind and in my human heart. They answer my prayers and help me understand how I fit into the 'big picture'. I am a Mormon and do what I do because I have learned that is what takes me closer to home and brings me the purest joy.

How I live my faith

My calling in my ward involves working with the 8 and 9 year old girls. Working with another woman in the ward we get the girls together for activities that help the girls learn to draw closer to their Savior and to prepare them to become spiritually strong young women. We teach gospel principles along with helping the girls develop their talents, learn new skills, and become a positive influence at school, at church, and in their homes. I also am a visiting teacher. I get to go visit three women in my ward with a visiting teaching partner. This gives me a unique opportunity to get to know and love other women in my ward as I share gospel messages with them and seek opportunities to serve them and remind them they are loved. It is great to go into these women's homes and laugh and cry with them and share what it is like to be a woman. These women become special friends as we work to develop a feeling and bond of sisterhood.

What are some things that tell you there is a God?

When I have held my children as infants and looked into their eyes their is a depth and a wisdom there that goes far beyond their newness and helplessness. When I look at the delicate beginnings of a green leaf on a tree coming back to life in Springtime there is so much hope and promise in something so fragile. When I contemplate the intricacies of the human body or ponder the vastness of a star-filled sky I am amazed at the wonders my simple human self can witness and think about. God is in little things and big things. The details of the universe, the earth, of myself, tell me there is a God. Parents caring for children and children caring for parents tell me there is a God. Feeling the warmth of the sun on my face or seeing a smile meant for me when I really need one---these tell me there is a God who knows my name. A feeling of love deep inside of me---of wanting to be loved, needing to be loved, wanting and needing to give love---tells me there is a God who loves me and wants me to succeed. If I listen carefully and watch closely and seek always then everything tells me there is a God. There is nothing that says otherwise. Show more Show less