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Hi I'm Gwen

I'm a Mormon. I'm a mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend. I love hiking, swimming, dancing, quilting and reading.

About Me

I am a Mom. I have 5 children and 20 grandchildren. I am retired. I like to hike, swim, dance, quilt, sew, crochet, read, and travel to see my grandchildren. I enjoy making baby bibs and burp cloths to give away to Moms with new babies. I have been involved in making quilts to donate to the local battered women's shelter. I have been involved with several humanitarian aid projects, like quilts for children at the hospital, and sewing cards for children.

Why I am a Mormon

My grandfather was a farmer in Saskatchewan. He heard "The Spoken Word" on the radio in the 50's. It is a program of music by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir with some commentary. He asked for missionaries to be sent to help him learn about the church. He and my grandmother were soon baptized. They had the missionaries sent to my newly married parents who also joined the church. My dad didn't stay strong in the church, but my mother has been very faithful every since. We had very few members where I grew up. We often had to travel long distances for meetings and youth activities. There were no other Mormons at my school except my brother. I was often asked questions about the church and people didn't understand why I had the standards I kept. I think it made me stronger and I had to question my beliefs and know for myself what I believed. I took the challenge in Moroni 10:4-5 seriously. I love reading the Book of Mormon. I feel the Spirit every time I read it. I have had many powerful witnesses that the Book is true. I know that Joseph Smith translated it and that it is the word of God. I am so glad to know we have a living prophet on the earth today, just like the prophets of old. I know my Savior lives and that he loves me as He does each of us. He knows our names and our needs. He is loving and merciful. I know that He wants us to be happy and the way to be happy is to live the commandments.

How I live my faith

We move around a lot. One of the good things about being a Mormon, is that wherever you go, you belong to a congregation. You don't have to go looking around for a church. Our congregations are divided by boundaries and you go to the church you are assigned to. You get a new job and you feel part of a family. I love the women's organization. We often have activities together where we can visit and share our talents. My current job in the church is to teach the a women's class. We study the scriptures and the words of our prophet and other leaders. I enjoy learning what members of the class have to say and the insights they have. It gives me a challenge to prepare an interesting lesson each week. I also play the piano for some of our meetings which I enjoy. The women in the church are assigned other women to "visit" every month. We are assigned a partner and we visit 3-4 women each month. We look out for them and help them out when they need something. Sometimes its just a visit, sometimes it might be a meal because they or someone in their family is sick. When you move around a lot, it helps you get to know other women quickly. You have a group of friends very quickly. My husband and I read the scriptures and pray together every morning. We find that gives a good start to our day and brings a good spirit to our home. We are looking forward to servinga senior couples mission to Ventura, California. We leave in a few months and will be gone for 18 minths. We are excited about giving our time to help spread the gospel in that area and serving the people there.