Hi I'm Gwendolyn
I'm a wife and mother. I'm a poet & musician. I'm a Mormon.
“I never saw an ugly thing in my life: for, let the form of an object be what it may—light, shade, and perspective will always make it beautiful.”* My widowed mother raised my four siblings and me. She is an artist and musician, so she taught us to see beauty in our surroundings—nature, good food, and especially people. I've also learned to see difficult beauty in difficult experiences. When I was six, my father died by suicide. That was a difficult experience for our family for which there are no adequate words, but we are survivors. Through the decades the Lord’s "light, shade and perspective" has helped me, through much prayer, to grow from that tragedy and to find beauty in how it changed me. The Atonement of Christ fills me with hope that I can keep progressing. My husband and I have three grown children. They are the center of our world. I have had pursuits such as singing in the Boston Symphony Orchestra and Boston POPs choirs, the Utah Chamber Artists, and as a lead role in an opera. All of that pales in comparison to being a wife and mother. My family is and always will be the most important and cherished part of my life…posterity is one of my favorite notions about the purpose of life. We often gather family and friends together in our home for my husband’s "famous" Waffle Night—we never know how large the crowd will be. But, life is all about the people, so we create ways to gather together. [*quote by, John Constable, 19th century British landscape painter.]
I’m a Mormon because of my mother; the way she handled adversity after my father’s suicide and other challenges—with faith, compassion, and forgiveness—is the most powerful sermon I’ve ever witnessed. I’m also a Mormon because I believe that the Lord still wants to communicate with all of his children on earth about important things, so we have a modern-day prophet through whom the Lord guides us. Additionally, I believe I can receive personal revelation from the Lord. A year or so after my father’s suicide I was sitting on our back porch thinking about things. I must have been about seven or eight years old. I clearly remember a sudden feeling that God knew my family, the tragedy we had been through, and that He knew and loved ME. For a moment, I felt like there was an enormous, invisible, protective umbrella over my whole home and yard—and over me. That knowledge and feeling of His love for me has been like a Steady Hand at my back all these years. I will never, never forget that feeling of unconditional, profound love from Heavenly Father: He let me know that He knew me and loved me. I know God knows and loves all of His children equally. I believe God’s love is one of the most important things we can allow ourselves to experience and learn about in life.
I just do the simple things. We made a music playlist at home to play all day long on Sundays. It has uplifting music like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and classical music. It creates a peaceful feeling in our home for the Sabbath. I read a little from the Book of Mormon every day. I kneel to pray every morning and night. My husband and I have family prayers morning and night, even though the children are grown and on their own. I make a point of obeying God's commandments as best I can, especially the one about loving my neighbors. I love being assigned to visit a few ladies in my congregation once a month to leave a spiritual message and to see how they are doing. I go to church every week to take the sacrament.