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Hi I'm Gracielle

I'm a mother. A working mother. I embrace my lifelong job. I love life! I'm a Mormon. Always.

About Me

I am a 3rd generation member of our family. I served as a full-time missionary in the Philippines. I love teaching! I am a math teacher by profession, although I enjoy most teaching at church. I also enjoy travelling, specially with my family. My dream is to visit Africa, and I want to learn as much about the people, and the culture. Perhaps someday, I will go there with my own family. I was married in 2010 in the Manila Philippines Temple to my sweetheart. Our first son was born in 2012 when I also had a stroke at the age of 25. It changed my life. I still continue to live for my son and my husband, but I found also ways of serving other people and making them happy. I discovered my passion for making things as a way of blessing my family. I do arts and crafts. I work in the family business, too because I value what our father worked hard for. I see it as an opportunity to bless lives of other people directly.

Why I am a Mormon

I was first asked this question by my cousin who was not a member of the Church. She said she asked the same thing to our cousins who also served their missions. I didn't expect to hear it from her, but right then I prayed in my heart and searched for an answer. It would be easy to say that I'm a Mormon because my parents and my grandparents are. But deep in my heart I know that even if I am raised in another family, I will look for the restored gospel, and accept it. I am a Mormon not by birth, but by choice. It is my choice to believe. It is my choice to ask Heavenly Father in fervent prayer if the things that was taught me since birth are all true. And now, I do not just believe it; now, I know. I know that the Book of Mormon is true. I know that Joseph Smith is a true prophet of God. I know that the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ is restored here on earth. I know that we have a living prophet today. I know that all these things are true. My testimony means a lot to me because it keeps me strong and focused. It keeps me happy and positive all the time, knowing that I believe in something eternal. It makes me look forward to something better, like being with Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ eternally. I love being a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by building a strong family. We have Family Home Evenings, and we pray everyday. We want to strengthen our relationship to each other and also our relationship to our Heavenly Father. I have responsibilities in the church, too. I serve in the organization for young women. We lead them, teach them, and guide them in their life. We have about 120 active young women in our area. We love having fun together and learning from each other. I also have a blog where I share my interests on arts and crafts, and some stories about my family. By sharing my talents, I hope to uplift someone so that they can also see the talents that God gave them. It's very therapeutic and very inspiring.

Why don’t women hold the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints? How do Mormon women lead in the Church?

My mother-in-law used to tell us that women are the "holder" of the Priesthood holder. It sounds like a joke to me when I first heard it, but I pondered what it meant. I also know she meant something deeper, and she's pointing me to an important principle. Women are given a very precious role in the lives of the Priesthood holders. We may not have the power and authority of the Priesthood but we have the power to influence mankind for good. We teach and raise future and current Priesthood holders in our homes and family. We help them develop the qualities they need to be worthy. We administer to their physical and spiritual needs. We love our role as mothers, sisters, wives, aunts, grandmothers, teachers, leaders, or friends. I do not feel any less in not having a Priesthood. It does not limit us women in contributing to the church and to our communities, and to the world in general. We directly partake of blessings of the Priesthood, men or women. That is true meaning of Priesthood for me - to bless lives for time and for all eternity. Show more Show less