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Hi I'm Artoise

I grew up in a small town in southern Utah. I am the sixth of 14 children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

For the past sixteen years, I have been confined to a wheelchair and have lost much of my coordination. Before that time, I enjoyed doing crafts and sewing. I still enjoy reading uplifting books and going on walks (or rides in the wheelchair, in my case) with my family. I have always loved music, and used to could play the guitar, ukulele, banjo, and harmonica. I have striven to instill in my children this same love of music. Most of all, I love my family and spending time with them. I am the proud mother of ten children and the grandmother to 41 wonderful grandchildren. Having them around me brings me joy.

Why I am a Mormon

One of the treasures that I love most about the restored church and gospel, is the knowledge that we can be together as members of a family forever. The relationships that I have with my husband and children, father and mother, and brothers and sisters can last beyond this life. When my father and three of my brothers each passed away, I felt comfort in the knowledge that I would see them again. Though I still mourned their passing, I felt the peaceful reassurance that through the atonement and resurrection of the Savior Jesus Christ, and the ordinances of His gospel, I could be with them, and all of my family, again someday. This is the greatest gift and blessing that I have.

How I live my faith

I currently teach the 11 and 12-year-old's in my ward. In the past, I have been in charge of teaching the primary children to sing, and to enjoy singing. For much of my life, I have been involved with the teaching and nurturing of the children where I have lived. I love children and the joy they bring.