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Hi I'm Twila

I grew up in Arizona, USA, I have a niece who is a year older than I because I have a sister who is 20 years older than I.

About Me

Hello, my name is Twila and I am a Mormon. I have three beautiful children who have been the light of my life and four wonderful grandchildren. Last December I completed a certificate in Speech and Language Pathology Assisting. I think I may have set a record for being the oldest SLPA in the world.

Why I am a Mormon

I guess you might say I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day-Saints. During the first 18 years of my life, I had never had occasion to doubt my testimony of the church. During my first year of college however, I had a friend who wrote a letter to me which started me thinking about my faith. About the same time Brother Telford, at Ricks College (BYU Idaho) challenged us to read the Book of Mormon and pray about it. I decided it was about time to do just that. I was reading about the Sons of Helaman when I received a definite witness to the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon. Since then I have received numerous witnesses of Joseph Smith's prophetic calling. For years I skated along on the testimony I had received of the Book of Mormon and felt satisfied that all was well. Then my son was taken suddenly from us in an accident that still has not been completely solved. My anger and rage right after I learned of my son's death was out of control It's a good thing that my husband decided we needed to pray for comfort and direction. I am still amazed when I think back how the Spirit wrapped His loving arms around me and my family during those most difficult days. My hope and faith have grown through that terrible experience more than I could ever have imagined would be possible. I not only believe IN Jesus Christ, I believe that He can do everything He says He can do for me and my family. I believe our prayers are answered and we are often times carried in the arms of His love, just like the poem"Footprints" relates. In the Temple I have received answers to many of my questions during the most heavy-hearted trials of my life. I believe the Temple is a conduit to heaven for us on earth and I am so thankful that I have always been able to retreat to the Temple to gather the necessary strength to face the challenges in my life. I will be forever grateful for the opportunity to feel the love of our Savior in my greatest hour of need.

How I live my faith

When I was 12 years of age I began playing the piano for the Junior Sunday School and Primary children. Since then, I have very often had a calling in the music of the church, either leading the ward choir or the congregational singing. I love teaching the children to sing of the love of Jesus and our Heavenly Father's great plan of happiness. Leading a choir is "better than candy" when the Spirit comes through the music. When my 2 sons were young, I was a Den Leader for the Boy Scouts of America. We enjoyed encouraging the businesses in our town to fly our flag respectfully and appropriately.   The main reason I chose to attend Ricks College was my desire to become a member of the New Freedom Singers. (like an "Up with People" group, or Young Ambassadors from BYU) Thankfully I was able to tour with the NFS group to the West Coast and the Mid-Western States 1973 and 1974. That experience has been one of the great treasures of my life. One of the most special callings I have ever had in the church was when I was asked to be the Ward Activites Director. Due to budget restraints, our Bishop suggested that I should ask a member of the ward to write a play. After a desperate prayer a sister's name came to my mind. Being new in the ward I had not even met this sister and had no idea what she looked like. The following week the Primary children's program was presented. Afterwards I asked who had written it and was told it was the very sister whose name had been whispered to me after my prayer. It was wonderful to be a small part of the production of the ward play that brought our ward together in ways that could not have been accomplished in any other way. We were invited to the distant Stake Center to present our play which we considered a great honor. My callings in the church have not always been within my comfort zone, but they have always helped me grow stronger in my faith and love for my Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

How can we stop the spread and influence of pornography?

Twila
Because pornography has already ruined my first marriage: When I moved to Flagstaff, AZ the first thing I did was to enter all the gas stations and ask if they had any pornographic magazines for sale. If they did, and all but two did, I did not purchase gasoline there. The same can be true for any establishment. Be sure and tell the establishment you are going to boycott their store based upon their selling of pornography. Otherwise it will be an empty gesture, except for your own good feelings! In this way as President Hinckley states you can "let your voices be heard". Show more Show less