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Hi I'm Genny

I'm a wife, a mom, and a piano teacher. I'm a "cyster" with fertility struggles and I count my blessings each day. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife of ten years, a mother of two, and a piano teacher to many! I love my husband, I love my children, and I love sharing my love of music with children of all ages. I am a PCOS "cyster" and love to connect with other women who are dealing with infertility, since its effects are something I deal with every day of my life. I see it as both a curse and a blessing, and trust that Heavenly Father is in control and has given me exactly the trials and blessings that I need! My life completely centers around three things: Church/God, family, and music. These three things have gotten me through every difficulty I have faced in my life. I am lucky to be married to a wonderful man who shares my passion for those three things.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born in the Church, one of a long line of Mormons extending back to its earliest years, but that isn't why I am a Mormon. I am a Mormon because I have a testimony of the truthfulness of the Gospel, gained through many years of studying the Scriptures, prayer, and seeking to follow the Lord's commandments. When I live the teachings of the Church, I find happiness, freedom, and peace. When I choose other paths, I find myself feeling sorrow and confusion. Through trial and error I have come to know for myself that the Gospel is true, and that when I follow the Lord, he will bless me and guide me.

How I live my faith

I think one of the greatest testimonies to the truthfulness of this Church is that its members give freely of their time and talents. As a musician with a music degree from a Christian university, I am fully aware that I could be making a good sum of money working in music ministries at other churches. Instead, I choose to share my musical talents for free. After all, Heavenly Father is the one who gave me this talent in the first place, so I feel it is only right that I should use it to help and bless others without expecting monetary reimbursement. It's the least I can do when He has given me so much. I have been playing the organ and piano for worship services since 1995. I have also served as the "Primary Chorister", or the music conductor for children, as well as the choir director or pianist for larger choirs, called "stake" choirs. I think music is one of God's greatest tools for bringing men closer to Him and I am grateful to Him for that gift and the opportunities I have to share it. I teach Sunday School each week to high school juniors and seniors. Most kids that age would much rather be out with their friends on Sundays, but my class is full of stellar kids who come every Sunday, without fail. In a time where so many youth are troubled and lost, it is wonderful to work with young people who know exactly who they are and who truly want to be forces for good in the world. I try to be a good example of service outside of Church as well. I serve on the boards of two music associations and enjoy getting to know colleagues of different backgrounds and faiths. Even though I do not initiate discussions of religion with my piano students, they are all aware that I am a Mormon and often ask me questions, or if rumors they heard from friends at school are correct or not. I also strive to treat each of my students in a kind, Christlike manner. I want every student to know that they are important and loved by me and by their Father in Heaven.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

We Mormons like to have fun! We are friendly, we enjoy spending time with family and loved ones. We can be just as goofy as the next person. We are not boring, rigid,or dull. We believe that Heavenly Father sent us here to learn to live with joy and happiness. I find my greatest joy when I am spending time with my family, engaged in good, wholesome activities. In general, we try to live a good and healthy lifestyle. We don't smoke, we don't drink, and we avoid all addictive substances. I believe we can be the best versions of ourselves only when we are in complete control of our bodies and minds. A lot of people think that the Mormon lifestyle is too strict. In fact, I find it very liberating. I have never "needed" to get drunk to wash away a bad day. Instead, I go to my knees in prayer. I don't have to count the minutes until I can have my next cigarette. Instead I count the minutes until my husband comes home and we can have family time. We try to be good neighbors and good members of the community. We believe in helping other people. On Sundays we go to church, but we don't believe that being a Mormon is only a Sunday job. We are not perfect, by any means. We struggle, we make mistakes all the time, we get angry occasionally when we are stuck behind somebody driving 40 mph on the freeway and we're running late....but we believe in repentance, in saying "I'm sorry", and promising to do better the next time. Show more Show less

What is the Church’s position on abortion?

The Church does not support abortion, except in the very rare case where the life of the mother is in serious danger or in some cases of rape, and only with counsel from doctors, church leaders, and seeking answers through prayer. As a woman who struggled for many years to have children, and who still struggles daily from the effects of my fertility condition, it breaks my heart whenever I hear of a woman choosing abortion. I have so many loved ones and friends who have fertility conditions who, despite their best efforts and medical intervention, cannot have children. They desperately desire to have a family, and they would love nothing more than to adopt a child. Sadly, many of them have to wait months and years before the opportunity arises. I would ask women considering abortion to look at their fellow sisters who desire nothing more fiercely than to have children to love and cherish and try and feel, for a moment, the pain that they must feel. Instead of aborting a child of God, instead choose to change a fellow woman's life forever by giving them a child that they themselves cannot create. It is truly an act of great love and unselfishness. Show more Show less