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Hi I'm Gretchen

I grew up in Seattle. At 16, I was looking for Christ to have an influence in my life. I found him. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mother of 4. Two of my children are college age and two are still at home. I love being a mother. I have been blessed to be home while my children were/are growing up. I can think of no other career that would give me as much joy and satisfaction. I did graduate from college with a Bachelor of Arts. I believe my education has broadened my horizons and helped me be a better mom. I still love the arts I love to craft and make anything I can myself...I have a great appreciation for the talents of others and especially those that add beauty all around us.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon, or member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, because I have found that the principles taught are true and have brought me closer to Christ. I know who my savior is and that he loves me. In this church, I am taught about that Saviors infinite love and I have felt it time and time again. I have learned where I came from, why I am here and where I am going after this life. These teachings, as well as others, have helped me raise my family in love and unity. I know that sometimes, we seem different from the main stream, but I feel we follow Christ and that is not always popular. I know that when I am true to his teachings, I have inner peace.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith in everything I do. I don’t think I go around with a stoic look or self-righteous demeanor, but I do hope that when people get to know me that they see that Christ has had a positive influence in my life. My hope is that my walk in life will influence others to want to follow Christ too, because He brings immeasurable peace and joy.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gretchen
No!! You hear about him a lot in the church because he played such a major role in restoring Christ's church to the earth...We are grateful for his strength and ability to endure great persecution to bring about the church and translate the Book of Mormon, but we only worship Jesus Christ, who is our Savior, and our redeemer. It is through him and only him, that we can be saved. He paid the price for our sins. He suffered in Gethsemane. He hung on the cross. He showed us the way, the perfect way. No other man could do that. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Gretchen
I grew up for 16 years not being a member of the Mormon Church. I lived from age9-18 in a home with a single mother and 2 sisters. Without a man directly in the home, we learned to become very independent and learned that there was much we COULD do. Matter of fact I never thought of life with restrictions due to my sex. As I became a member of the Mormon Church and saw the reverence the men had for women, those feelings did not change. I went to college thinking that I could become anything I wanted. I was strongly encouraged, at church, to gain as much education as I could. Even though men are the only ones who hold the priesthood in our church, I understood that the role was one of service. The women also have many opportunities to serve, as well as, lead. Motherhood is, but one, very important opportunity to serve . Heavenly Father has given us each, man and woman, different ways to learn the attributes of Jesus Christ, mainly charity. One role is not more important that the other. Together, equally a man and woman raise a family side by side. If anything, my feelings as a Mormon woman are empowering. I am proud to be a Mormon woman. Show more Show less