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Hi I'm Peggy Ipsen

I grew up in San Diego, California, I am a mother, grandmother, retired speech/language pathologist...and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I received a Master's Degree in Communicative Disorders from Brigham Young University, with a minor in Education. After the children were all in school, I worked part time in rehab and later in the public schools. I loved being a mom! I continue to learn so much from my kids. Even better than being a mother, is being a grandmother!!! It is joy beyond words when I am with them. I guess my favorite hobby is family history. I have boxes of old family pictures I am trying to organize. Since both my husband and I are now retired, I have really enjoyed this time in my life. We will be leaving on a mission soon and are really excited.

Why I am a Mormon

I gained my testimony of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was a freshman in high school. That was when I read the Book of Mormon for the first time. I never liked to read as a youth. My mom read all of the books I had to do book reports on out loud to me through junior high! But, this was an assignment, so I did it. I started in 3rd Nephi, which is midway through the book. That chapter tells of Christ's appearance to a people on the American Continent at the time of his death. I remember the story was so good that I just started reading faster and faster. I got to the end and thought, "Well I guess I should go back to the beginning and keep reading". The history of the people and the workings of Jesus Christ woven throughout really moved me. It was so powerful that as I read, I just knew it was true. When finished, I knelt and prayed, asking if the book was of God and received a powerful feeling testifying of its truthfulness. All these years later, I still experience that feeling as I read and study. I have received such comfort from reading the Book of Mormon. It has answered my questions and given me guidance through the trials I have experienced. I am grateful that living prophets guide us today. What a comfort to know God continues to reveal His will through His Prophets to help us navigate the troubled times in which we live (Amos 3:7). I am grateful for my Savior, Jesus Christ, who atoned for my sins and who loves me and knows my desires. I am grateful for the great Plan of Happiness which teaches me where I came from, my purpose on earth, and where I will go after this life. I know families are meant to be eternal and look forward to being with my loved ones again someday. The Gospel of Jesus Christ keeps me grounded with an eternal perspective. I receive peace and comfort through the Holy Ghost as I strive to keep the commandments and serve others.

How I live my faith

My parents joined the LDS Church when I was 9 months old, so all of my memories are in the church. No one else in our extended family ever joined, but all were always respectful of our beliefs. I have served in the Church teaching little children, youth, and adults. There have been many years of girls' camp, organizing youth conferences, family preparedness activities and even cub scouts. Every opportunity has helped me stretch and grow. Today I am the sum of all of the experiences I have had over the years.