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Hi I'm Billie

A '71 missionary convert, mom of 4 adults, a recent first time grandma. I enjoy gardening, hiking, sewing, and travel.

About Me

I grew up in a USAF family. We were found by missionaries in Rome, New York when I was 10. I was baptised at age 11, after we moved to Bellevue, Nebraska. In my young years we lived in many wonderful places including Athens, Greece, where I attended high school. Yes, we even had a little LDS/Mormon group there. I look forward to attending LDS meetings wherever I happen to be living or traveling. The program and spirit are the same no matter where I go. I find it facinating to be able to participate, even when I don't understand the language. This also gives me "family" no matter where in this world I am. I am a wife, mom, and became a first time grandma September 2011. I love travel- especially foreign, gardening- and am a UCCE Master Gardener, geocaching- I try to go hiking/hunting every week with my dog, sewing- lately learning how to make quilts, genealogy-although not enough time, volunteering in my community and most recently as a CERT community emergency response team member, and making new friends. I love to learn and try new things.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a mormon because it gives purpose to my life. I don't just exist for today, this week, even this year. I know who I am, where I came from, and where I am going. I know that I must continue to improve myself, do good, follow the teachings and examples of the Savior and the living Prophet. This gospel is the guideline for living a happy life. Ever since I was young and before knowing about the church I have lived as I should. Because of this my life has been a good one. Not necessarily a life without challenges, but I am content. I am a better person because of the experiences I have had, and the sacrifices I have made. Some may think the church gives us too many restrictions, but like a loving parent who gives and enforces rules that are for our own good, so does the gospel. I am free to be the person I choose to be, and I choose to be a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I choose to follow the Savior.

How I live my faith

This is not a Sunday only church. Members of our congregations are asked to participate and be involved. Some of the opportunities I have had to serve are: teaching Sunday lessons to the young children, taking the teen girls to camp, helping friends with weddings, teaching cooking classes, leading the childrens singing, decorating for socials, directing and making costumes for a youth "drama", serving as secretary for the women's organization, cleaning our building, being the speaker in church, being the scout chairperson and doing annual registration, making quilts for humanitarian projects for disaster victims, chaperoning a youth dances, directing the childrens annual Sunday programs, taking dinners to the sick, feed families after funerals, I could go....on and on. Did I have the talent for all of these things? Certainly not. I had to learn. We aren't alone in these things. There are others to help, teach, and work with us. Not only are we asked to serve in the church, we are asked to serve and be involved in the community. I mentioned previously some of the things I enjoy volunteering for now that my children are grown. I have also been involved in working poll booths. Community events are always looking for help. When the kids were young I was actively invoved in their classrooms and outings at school. Of couse, being a good neighbor and knowing our neighbors is important. How can you have a good community if you don't even know your neighbors? With all of this you would think that there is no time for me and my family but there is. The church teaches us that we need to strengthen our family units. We need to be involved parents. We need to teach our children and set positive examples for them. A cross stitch quote "No amount of success can compensate for failure in the home" by one of our prophets, was given to us as a wedding present. Following Christ's example is what the gospel is. Service to others is how it is done.