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Hi I'm Penny

I'm a mom of 8 children, 7 daughters and 1 son. Keeping up is my challenge! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom -- of eight children! My youngest is 5, my oldest is 22 (married and working for Microsoft). Now that I'm out of the baby mode, I'm finding it a bit easier, but I have so much to catch up on with getting my house and possessions in order! I hope to some day do baby books for all my children. I love to read. My favorite book is Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott. I also love The Wrinkle in Time series by Madeleine L'Engle and the Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling. My favorite humorists are Erma Bombeck and Dave Barry. I love music. I especially like to sing! I can also play the piano a little. My favorite musical is probably Phantom of the Opera. (The book is good, too.) I love to crochet, but rarely find time for it now with my family. I earned my degree in Computer Science from Utah State University. I worked as a Computer Analyst for the government for 2 1/2 years. When my husband found a job in another state, I quit and became a stay-at-home mom. We have lived in 5 states, 4 of them beginning with "M".

Why I am a Mormon

I was born a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, as were my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents. All of my great-great-grandparents and most of my great-great-grandparents were members as well. I am grateful for the written histories and testimonies they have passed down to me. They believed in their faith so deeply, they were willing to sacrifice everything for it. They were blessed with many faith-confirming experiences. My faith has been confirmed about the reality of prayer -- that we are truly heard and watched over. Twice in my life, I have had words spoken to my mind that were a direct answer to prayer. The feelings I had with these answers helped me to recognize what it is to "feel the Spirit." Before, I had always wondered what that meant, but I know now to pay attention to the feelings I get when I pray.

How I live my faith

Every month my partner (another woman) and I make a personal visit (or phone call or letter) to 3 or 4 other women in our congregation. The goal is to make each woman feel loved and included. We often share a message from our church magazine, The Ensign. (This is called "Visiting Teaching.") I am also "called" as a secretary in a church organization for children. I work with three other women (a president and two counselors). We make visits to individual congregations to give them advice and support. (This organization for children is called "Primary.")

What is faith?

Hebrews 111 says that "faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." James 117 says that "faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone." So faith is to believe in truth that cannot be seen, and then to act on your belief! Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that Jesus is the literal Son of God, both in the spirit and in the flesh. We are all spirit sons and daughters of God, but only Jesus is a son in the flesh. He inherited physical mortality from his mother and physical immortality from his Father. This meant He could die, but only if He chose to. This also gave Him the power to take His body again in the resurrection. We believe that the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost are three separate beings, but are one/united in the work they do. Show more Show less

Why is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints called Mormons or Mormonism?

This is a nickname derived from the Book of Mormon, one of our books of scripture. We believe in both the Bible and the Book of Mormon. Show more Show less