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Hi I'm Wendy Bell

I'm a Mom and a Grandmother; I'm also a widow; I'm and indexer with an interest in family history; And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My eight children are raised, and now I look forward to the pleasure of being a grandmother to their nine children, so far. I'm hoping we will be able to share some memorable experiences together. My husband passed away a few years ago from cancer. I am grateful for the blessing of our temple marriage and know that we will be together again in the future for eternity. I never feel that he is too far away, and even that he is still watching over me and our family. I am enjoying the time I have now to use for some of my own interests. One of the most fun and interesting things I've done lately was to serve for 2 years as a family history missionary in Salt Lake City. Now that I'm back at home, I continue to enjoy doing my own family history work as well as indexing using the online indexing program offered through FamilySearch.org. I also enjoy serving as a patron in the temple. Other interests include reading, and handwork. I've started taking piano lessons, something I've wanted to do but never had time for!

Why I am a Mormon

When I was about three years old my mother decided to map out the churches in the area where we lived and choose a church for our family to attend. That week two Mormon Missionaries knocked on the door, and my parents decided to listen to their message. To paraphrase Robert Frost, 'and that has made all the difference.' I am grateful for the privilege of growing up in a family where I could know from early childhood that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God. I love the scriptures including the Book of Mormon as well as the Bible. I am grateful I was raised with "standards" or guidelines which, as I've kept them, have protected me from making some of the choices or mistakes I saw friends make who didn't have such guidelines to help them. My parent's faith in Jesus Christ and the example they set for me and my siblings as members of the church has been one of the greatest blessings of my life.

How I live my faith

I've had many opportunities to serve in my church. For example, I've been president of the Women's organization or "Relief Society", as well as a teacher on occasion, and time as a "Homemaking Leader" where I helped to organize classes for our monthly meetings. I've taught classes of young women and served as a leader at the summer "Girls Camp". Right now my calling is to teach music to the young children during Sunday School, or "Primary" as we call it. (I think that is the best job of all!) I've served in the community in several ways over the years, including as a Crisis Line volunteer for Parents Anonymous , and as an ESL volunteer for Russian immigrants through our local community college. As I mentioned earlier, one of the most fun and rewarding opportunities I've had was to serve as a Family History Missionary. I can't say enough about how much I enjoyed my time there! I feel the time I spent serving has blessed my life and given me a boost of confidence to face the future now that I'm widowed.