First of all, I am so grateful for my mother and the wonderful example she is to me of selfless service. There are hundreds of memories I have of my mother giving to others. She would constantly ignore her own problems and with a glad heart, help those in need. She has more energy than a entire army of men and can to this day beat me in arm wrestling. She raised six boys, no small feat in itself and managed to keep her sanity. I love and am grateful for my mother and the wonderful person that she is. I love you mom!
Now I would like to say a few words about my wife and mother of my three children, Paulette. I am grateful for the opportunity that I have to be with this remarkable person for eternity. Every day I see something new and wonderful about her and cannot imagine what I will learn throughout the remainder of my life. At first glance, you see a soft spoken women but upon further review you will find so much more. Paulette is a women of tremendous faith and her faith grows with each trial that comes her way, I have never seen her take a step backwards, she has only moved forward and grown.
There are a couple of experiences that stand out to me that illustrate this point. A few years ago in our ward in St. George she was asked to be the ward organist, something that she has never done and is very different than playing the piano, but without hesitation she accepted this call with faith in the Lord. On another occasion she was asked to be the ward choir director. Again, something she was completely unfamiliar with yet without hesitation she accepted her new calling and the Lord again strengthened her.
Then three years ago when Paulette learned that she was pregnant with twins but then immediately found out that we had lost them both. Since she was so far along Paulette still had to give birth to these babies knowing that she would never be able to hold them in her arms. The strength and unshakable faith she showed that night is something I will never forget. There are the hard times and bad days but I am amazed that she continues to move forward and become a better person because of it.
Paulette is a wonderful, gentle, kind, patient and beautiful person and our children love her and she loves them. Thank you Paulette for the many sacrifices you make for our family, we love you!!