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Hi I'm Paula

I am a wife, mother of five, mother-in-law of five and grandmother of 14 beautiful people. I have been a Mormon my entire life.

About Me

I enjoy visiting my children and grandchildren whenever I can fit it into my day, week, month or year. Some are nearby and others take hours to get to. One takes a plane ride as the only way to reach her. All of my children now have children of their own, so it is harder for them to come see me. I was caretaker and best friend to my mother who died last year. Life has opened up more time wise as I am not trying to spend time with her each day; nor worry like I did when I was away from her visiting my children. I love to read and make crafty things. I sew and plan parties for any occasion. I do enjoy cooking and baking both. I even enjoy cleaning! Being a Mom has been a great occupation. I was also an office manager for many years and worked for the best boss here on earth. My husband.:) Now we are going on a mission together which is exciting, but also makes me nervous. I am leaving two daughters who are expecting babies this fall. One of them is expecting twins! We did not know they were pregnant until we had turned in our mission papers. So, we are all moving forward with faith, that things will go well for them and their babies and that I will still get to spend a few days helping and visiting them when the time comes.

Why I am a Mormon

Although "I was born in the gospel" my parents were not attending, nor living the Mormon religion they had been raised in when I was young. They were what we call "inactive". That meant we had morning neighborhood coffee gatherings at our home and many Sundays fishing in rivers around the state. A family across the street was Mormon and learned that my parents were inactive members. They offered to take me to Sunday School. Turns out that I loved it! So for months my parents would drop me off at the church back door so I could attend Sunday School. I talked about church so much, that my parents decided maybe they should figure out if this would be good for our family. My Dad read the Book of Mormon in two days and followed Mormon's promise - praying and asking if it was true. He knew that the Book of Mormon was true and he should be living it's teachings. I had a younger brother and we all started going to church. Soon my Dad was made Scoutmaster, which he loved. Then he was put in the Bishopric as a counselor. When I was nine my Dad was asked to be a building supervisor in England. He was a contractor with a degree in architecture so this was right up his alley. We sold our house and everything in it and off we went. The Church provided furnished housing and a work vehicle for us. My Dad built two church houses while we were there. I attended Church of England school and so was one of three members of our church at school. It was a great learning experience. We had Church of England devotionals each morning and I learned a lot from them. I would come home and tell my Dad what I learned and he would help me to know if what they said of the scriptures was interpreted correctly. He would ask me to pray about what we talked about and I learned to recognize the feelings of truth. This was only the beginning of my conversion. I love the Book of Mormon and feel happier when I read it each day. I am grateful for the restoration of the gospel and priesthood.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings both in the children, youth and women's organizations in my church. At the present time, I have a calling which involves geneology through the family search.org program. I try to spend an hour or so each day with that. I am also a visiting teacher, which is a joy to me, as I get to visit with ladies I go to church with, but would never have known well if I was not their visiting teacher. I, also have a visiting teaching partner who I learn things from every time we are together. They are special people and older than I am, so I get insight into things still to come in my life and interesting happenings from their pasts. All of the ladies I visit have fascinating life stories that I enjoy every time I hear more of them. We help each other in many ways, emotionally, temporally and spiritually. I feel blessed to know them.