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Hi I'm Genevieve

I'm a wife, a mama, a photographer. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Taking pictures runs in my blood! My great grandmother owned a home based photography studio and would take my grandmother and her sisters with her to help on site. I fell in love with life through the lens at a young age and would finagle my six sisters to let me style and shoot them with my disposable camera. I haven't stopped taking picture of them since! Although now I shoot with a digital SLR, and my mother no longer throws away more pictures than she keeps! I studied Social Work and Photography in college, and after graduation relocated with my amazing husband and adorable one year old daughter. Nowadays I, mostly, am running around playing mamarazzi and trying to keep up with my active toddler. I shoot natural light portraits on the weekends for fun. In my spare time I enjoy cooking, running needed because of the love of cooking, reading, and practicing my Korean I served a LDS mission to South Korea with my best friend. 

Why I am a Mormon

My parents both grew up with very different perceptions of God. My father was Roman Catholic and my mother was the daughter of a Lutheran Minister. They both through their spiritual journeys became Mormon. They brought to the religion their perceptions of God, my father believing that he was stern and just expecting obedience, and my mother that he was loving and would extend mercy to all regardless of their action. Growing up I was sometimes confused by these seemingly conflicting perspectives. During my teenage years I felt a deep desire to connect with God after an incident of abuse. I wondered if he truly loved me and was angry that he allowed me to suffer. I decided that if I was to try to love God, I needed to know who he was. I needed to know in order to trust him. I spent time reading the New Testament and the Book of Mormon. I discovered more about the nature of God, that he loves us so much that he wants us to obey his commandments so we can avoid suffering. And best of all that he sent proof of his love by allowing his son Jesus Christ to come act as a sacrifice for not only our sins, but also all the suffering that we will have in this life as we gain experiences that help us learn and strengthen our faith and character. I prayed to know if God loved me and if I could feel free of my pain. I had a very sweet experience where I felt that God did know me and love me. I came to appreciate that justice allows us to trust God and mercy allows us to come unto him. Because this experience built on what I had been reading in the Book of Mormon, I came to know that it was a true and good book. I feel closer to God when I read it. Many experiences and feelings have built on that foundation and helped me decided to choose to be Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to be a Christian at all times. Especially I try to live Christian principles and values at home as a wife and mama. I also try to live these principles so that I can better teach a Sunday School Class for 11 year olds. When I teach them about the scriptures I try to feel the Holy Ghost so I can be inspired to help them relate the scriptures to their lives...middle school can be tough! I want to be a good example to my class. I also direct the music in a meeting for the women in our church. I know that singing praises to God is a wonderful way to feel his spirit and express our love to him.

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

Genevieve
To get to know what a Mormon woman is like, you would have to get to know that woman! There are so many different woman from all circumstances and walks of life that are Mormon. That's why each week when we have a meeting of sisters called the Relief Society, I try to look for new faces. I am excited to get to know new people and learn from their life and experiences. Relief Society is as the name implies a society of service to those in need. It is the largest organization of women in the world. As a whole I believe that Mormon women try their very best to serve God and our brothers and sisters. That's why our Relief Society is so successful. I truly believe that any church that would organize such a large society of women, which led and made up of women, must have respect for the influence and power for good that women possess. Mormons believe that men and women are equally loved of God. We believe that both are responsible for treating each other with respect and love. We do not believe that men and women are the same, there are of course biological difference, but we believe that men and women are equal in their value in the sight of God. We believe that men and women are equally capable of accomplishing great things and are equally responsible to follow the will of God in their lives. Show more Show less