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Hi I'm Nancy

I'm always a student and sometimes an educator. I reinvent myself about every five years. I love the gift of life. I'm a Mormon

About Me

Growing up, I moved a bit around the western United States (Washington, Utah, California). Even when we didn't change houses, I sometimes ended up in new school districts. I never attended the same school for more than two years. Perhaps that's why I'm always reinventing myself. There's nothing like a new context to inspire change and growth. I'm a wife, a mom, a grandma, and a PhD. I've worked in large corp and owned my own business. I'm an avid reader and a life-long learner. My husband and I will soon be serving a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My goal when we return is to certify in ESL so I can be a more effective volunteer working with refugees.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of confirmations to prayers I've had at many junctures throughout my life that, yes, God, our Eternal Father, lives, is the father of our spirits, and loves us; yes, Jesus is the Christ, who offered us the greatest gift possible, His atonement; yes, the Book of Mormon is another testament of Jesus Christ, complementing the Bible; yes, Joseph Smith was and is a prophet of God; and, yes, Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet on the earth today. Perhaps my favorite part of my testimony is an awareness that the atonement of Jesus Christ is not just for repentance (although that is a huge blessing) but also a gift of comfort, strength, and encouragement as I recognize new opportunities for stretching my soul and embark (again and again) on becoming more than I currently am. Of course, I struggle and fail (a lot), but the power of God's grace and the gift of the atonement of Jesus Christ help me stand up each time I fall, recommit each time I fail, and step out again when I'm tempted to stand still.

How I live my faith

I was baptized a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight years old. I've been an active member and have served in numerous positions in the church throughout my life. My favorite calling is one I've had in every ward I've attended since I was a college student (the first time around)--visiting teacher. I love the opportunity to become acquainted with women I might not otherwise get to know, to learn their back-stories, and to hear their testimonies. My favorite community experiences have involved helping out in the public school system (PTA, Jr. Great Books program, 3rd-grade aide, library guest speaker on writing, etc.).