Hmmm, what can I tell you about myself to help you get to know me a bit and perhaps come to understand how I look at life? Especially those important things pertaining to our divine nature as women, the sacred role we play in our families, the Church, and in the world, and my unshakable testimony of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ as found in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Let’s start here….
I’m the oldest of six. (That explains a lot right there.) My parents are deeply religious people, especially my sweet Mother, for whom the veil often seems very thin. My father is now deceased. They found the gospel after seven years of fellowshipping by a good next door neighbor in Rockford, Illinois. (I shared that story in an article here on MWS titled “A Chocolate Cake and a Book of Mormon”.) I was baptized at age nine the same day as they were. Though technically a convert, I consider myself raised in the Church. I have passionate feelings about missionary work because of our family’s experience, and no fear of opening my mouth; which I inherited from my Dad.
Our family had our own pioneer trek when my father moved us out west to ‘be with the Saints’. We spent a few short years in Heber City, Utah where I loved riding my horse to school and then off to Red Ribbon Riders practice, before moving to Boise, Idaho. After High School I attended Ricks College and majored in Vocal Performance.
I was only at college for one semester when I made a hasty marriage decision. Four wonderful, I mean really amazing, children came quickly, and then that marriage ended.
I have been married to my sweet husband, Chad, for thirty years now. He brought our youngest two daughters with him. We have raised these six together as a family unit from day one. There is no ‘yours’ or ‘mine’ in our family, only ‘family’. We are fiercely loyal to each other; and are a happy, loving, crazy bunch! Though we prayed for many years that we would be blessed with additional children the answer from heaven ended up being “no”. That was a heart break, but the Lord was kind and finally took that strong desire from me. We have eighteen wonderful grandchildren.
I worked outside the home for the first few years of our married life. Then, when we moved to Texas in 1993, I began working in our family business fulltime, but was able to do so from within our home. I know all about the juggling of kids, and work, and church, and…, and …, and …….
My husband and I received a phone a call in June of 2009 from a General Authority of the Church inquiring as to our availability to serve a full time mission. This came as quite a surprise. We had always planned on serving missions together, but thought that would be a bit further down the road: say, like when we retired! But we’re so very grateful the Lord called us when the timing seemed inconvenient. That created the opportunity for us to really step out in faith, leave our business and family, and serve for two incredible years in the Russia Moscow mission. That experience changed me, and changed us, forever. The Lord acknowledged our sacrifice and we “stand all amazed” at the miracles we were blessed to witness in the development of the Church while there, and at home while we were away. There is a huge part of our hearts still in Russia with all those Saints we served, and served with.
In my Church service I have primarily been with the youth and Young Single Adults as a Young Women advisor, Ward & Stake YW President, early morning Seminary teacher for four years, Institute instructor, and as Stake Missionary Preparation teacher. My husband served in the Bishopric of the YSA Ward in our Stake and I accompanied him there for three years. We had a ball! I’ve also taught Gospel Doctrine, served a Stake mission with my husband, worked with our Stake Single Adults, had various Ward & Stake music callings, served in our Ward’s Relief Society and Primary Presidencies, and as an ordinance workers in the Dallas temple. Currently I work on our Stake’s Public Affairs Council as Media Specialist.
I love travel, sports, interior design, singing, cooking, yard work (truly), and about anything else creative. I have a quick wit, love to laugh, and my humor leans towards the sarcastic. Friday nights is reserved strictly for my husband, whom I lovingly call my ‘boyfriend’and ‘Daddy’.
Lastly, you should know that I will follow the Brethren. Period. Their words, spoken under inspiration, are the Lord’s words. It’s really that simple for me. My testimony of the restored gospel was developed one act of obedience at a time. One use of the atonement at a time. One pleading prayer at a time. One scripture study at a time. No burning bushes for me, just line upon line. It’s my own, and it’s soIid. I really look forward to sharing it with you going forward. And to us becoming good friends.