Friday, December 24, 2010

my name is Nina, and I am a Mormon...

I've submitted information to be published on our Church's website - so has a lot of other people.  The idea is to help people know who we, as Mormons, really are and not as people have assumed we are.  Basically, the goal is to show that we are neighbors, friends and followers of Christ.  I'm thrilled (even if there ARE two typos), because this really is who I am and I think that it's important that people who know me, knows these things about me:

Hi, I'm Nina Suzanne

About Me

I am the mother of 3 plus stepmother to 1. I LOVE my kids.

I am the grandmother to 12. I could not possibly love them more.

I have been married to my husband for 32 (33 as of last Saturday) years. He is the center of my universe.

I have been a member of the Church for 31 years. It is where I have found my joy.

I have worked in the medical field and public health most of my adult life.

I love, love, LOVE to travel, which is good because I travel for work and travel to see grandchildren and travel to other countries for medical clinics.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents encouraged me to find my own faith. I went to many, many churches looking for the answer to a question that really bothered me when I was young...... I had asked my minister who the Holy Ghost was. His answer was that "we don't know really, but that's okay because it doesn't really matter."

Somehow I knew that this was not right. I knew that the Holy Ghost had to be a real person with a real purpose. Each church that I visited could not seem to answer that question for me.

Then I met my husband, who was a member of the LDS Church. He asked if I would like to meet the missionaries and I said yes. Our first lesson taught ma (me) about the Holy Ghost. I knew immediately that I had found him. It felt so right and so true. I never had a doubt. It was a joyous day when I was baptized and joined the true Church.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Church's position on abortion?

 The Church recognizes that every one is a child of God. They are all precious. They are all important. We live in a world that devalues the importance of a they need to be loved and nurtured and cared for in the way Heavenly Father has taught us to.....exactly how He loves us. When we live a life that does not recognize the power and sacred responsibility of childbearing....and makes that responsibility 'disposable', it does not lift us up, it does not improve our world, and it completely devalues the worth of a soul.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is a wonderful woman's organization. We are headed by women and are for women. Our motto is "Charity Never Faileth". We strive to provide compassion, love and service to the world and concentrate of (in) providing support to the women within our local churches (referred to as Wards). Every woman in our church has two women whose responsibility is to visit and watch over them to make sure that they are safe, sound and cared for. The Visiting Teaching program, provides an avenue to make sure that everyone understands that they are important.

Personal Stories

What are you doing to help strengthen your family and make it successful?

My family has many challenges. Sometimes it hurts so much knowing that they are ill, or lonely, or frightened. We love our family, and to see them in pain is one of the hardest situations we could possibly face. My husband and I pray, sincerely. We serve others, with the hope that there are others in our children's lives who are helping them. We keep in close contact with our children (who are all grown) to make sure that they know that we love and support them. We have faith, and strive everyday to use that faith. Most of all, we lean on the Lord - asking for guidance, comfort, strength and mercy. It is so exciting to see His hand in our he answers prayers and allows us to witness miracles. We are very blessed.

How I live my faith

I am in the leadership of our local women's group in church. I also coordinate having our ward members go out with our sister missionaries during the week. I've belonged to Soroptimist, Red Cross, and various civil and supportive community organizations because service is how I serve Heavenly Father the best. I currently work with my brother in the area of disability rights and support. I wear a ring that says "Integrity" and I strive to live that verb every day.

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