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Hi I'm Peggy

I studied civil and mechanical engineering, I am a stay-at-home mother of 5, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am a wife and mother of 5 (one child deceased of SIDS). I love to quilt, sew, crochet, read, and recently became very interested in my Family History.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family that has roots that date back to the restoration of the gospel and have been a member all my life. Many ancestors sold everything they had and came to the United States from England and Denmark. Although I was raised in the gospel, I still had to gain a testimony of my own of the Book of Mormon. I remember as a youth of about 12 years old, I was challenged to read the scriptures every day. After spending many hours reading the Book of Mormon, I remember praying to the Lord and asking Him if the Book of Mormon was true. I was overcome with the most incredible feeling that warmed my heart and soul. I knew then that the Book of Mormon was true. As I got older someone once said, "If the Book of Mormon isn't true and the gospel isn't true, why would Joseph Smith and many others go through the persecution and even death. It would have been easy to say it was a hoax." They knew, as I know, that it is true, without a shadow of a doubt. This testimony is what has helped me to continue on when trials and challenges are in my life.

How I live my faith

We recently moved into a new area and started attending a new ward (congregation). My husband and I were called to be Family History Consultants. This has helped me gain a huge interest in my family history. My mother had done a great deal in the past, but I have found many more relatives with the aid of the internet. It is fascinating to see how my family joined the church and immigrated to the United States from various countries. In the past I have worked with the young children in many capacities, a den leader in the Webelos Cub Scout program, and also with the young teenage girls. I loved having the opportunity to work with the young women and have made lasting friendships with several of them.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Peggy
A husband and wife can be together forever if they are married in a Mormon Temple. We believe that through the priesthood power, we can be a family for eternity. This belief has helped me deal this the loss of a daughter as an infant. She passed away of SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome) at 11 weeks old. The knowledge that she is my daughter to raise and to be with throughout the eternities helps me deal with not having her here on earth to raise and helps me want to live righteously so I can be with her again. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Peggy
Self-reliance has been a life saver for our family. We went through a period of time in which my husband was out of work. Our food storage, that we had built up over the years, was a great asset to help us feed our family during this time. The Mormons talk about emergency preparedness because of all the natural and man-made disasters that are happening all over the world. Earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, monsoons are happening all the time and we never know when one of these disasters will affect our lives or the lives of our loved ones. Show more Show less

What are Mormon church services like? Are visitors allowed at church meetings? Can I attend church?

Peggy
Anyone is welcome to attend church services. The Mormon church services consist of three meetings. One meeting, called Sacrament meeting, is where the family sits all together and listens to speakers who talk about the Gospel and how it has affected their lives. We also partake of the emblems of the Sacrament (bread and water) and renew our covenants (promises) that we made at baptism. The second meeting is Sunday School. The adults meet together and study different aspects of the Gospel. This year we are studying the Old Testament. The youth meet together in their respective age groups and study the same topics. During the second and third meeting, the children meet together and have lessons, singing time, and activities that are appropriate for their age. The third meeting is where all the men meet together, the women meet together, and the youth divide into young men and young women groups. During this meeting, each group has a lesson that pertains to the needs of that group. Show more Show less