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Hi I'm Paula

My Danish pioneer ancestors crossed the plains in 1856. I'm a mother and grandmother. I received my M.A. in Folklore at age 50.

About Me

I am a lifelong member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My husband and I will soon celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary, and we hope to be together forever. We have eight children, six "children-in-law" and 20 grandchildren, which makes 36 members of our immediate family, currently. We love our family. I enjoy gardening, walking, yoga, moderate hikes, all kinds of stories and storytelling, music, opportunities to learn, teach, love, and serve. I earned my B.A. in English and my M.A. in English/Folklore.

Why I am a Mormon

My pioneer ancestors came to the United States from Denmark and Switzerland as converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormons. Those who came earliest crossed the plains in wagons, associated with the Willy and Martin handcart companies. They risked their lives and sacrificed almost all of their worldly possessions when their company was caught in early winter snows on the high plains of Wyoming. One little daughter died even before they began their trek. They were saved by a rescue party sent out by Brigham Young. My own parents were faithful members of the Church in their generation. I am inspired by the faithfulness of my ancestors and my parents. Still, gaining my personal testimony has been my own responsibility. I have always believed in God, our Heavenly Father, and in His son, Jesus Christ, and that, through the prophet, Joseph Smith, the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ was restored and the Church of Jesus Christ was again organized upon the earth. These beliefs are a part of me, they are deep in my heart. This doesn't mean I don't have unanswered questions. I do. But I also believe that living by faith means living with unanswered questions. It requires patience and trust in God's love and his understanding of the needs of each of us, his children. It requires that we continue to learn the gospel by study and practice and faith. It requires trusting that our perfect Savior can work with and through imperfect people, ourselves and others. It means that we can grow and learn by our own choices, make mistakes, recognize them, change, and be forgiven through the atonement of Jesus Christ. The restored Gospel promises that through obedience to the principles and ordinances of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, our family relationships can be eternal and we can live and progress eternally in the presence of God. These teachings are beautiful to me. They express the desires of my heart. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I enjoy serving people in my family, church, and community. I have had opportunities to be a leader and teacher of children, young people, and in the women's organization in my Church. I have been a storyteller at our city public library and a member of the city Library Advisory Commission. I served in the PTA when our children were in school, and more recently as coordinator of a literacy tutoring program at our local elementary school. I try to live my faith by following the teachings and example of Jesus Christ. To me, this means loving and serving others, valuing each individual, respecting and taking interest in the cultures and beliefs of others, being kind and helpful, and being courageous in supporting good values.