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Hi I'm Gillian

I live in the UK and I have been a Latter-Day Saint Mormon since I was 9

About Me

I am married with 3 daughters, 2 of whom are also married. My eldest is living in Shropshire and our middle daughter lives in North Carolina. I enjoy crafts, mainly card making, but also cross-stitch and knitting, though I'm willing to try other things if they seem interesting and not too difficult. I enjoy camping with my family and friends. I also have a great love for Family History which included indexing records.  I recently learned how to do Bobbin lace for the British Pageant held at the Preston Temple site in Chorley. My next goal is to learn Tatting. I enjoy creative writing and have written quite a few short stories for children and one full length novel, just waiting to find a publisher.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 9 yrs old my father had realised that when he died he would loose everything he really valued - his family. I don't think he had a belief at that time, in a life after this one. It played on his mind so much that he became quite depressed about it. At around the beginning of 1967 2 young men knocked on our door and introduced themselves as missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It may not have meant anything to my father, I don't know, but they were invited to come in and share their message. They told us about the 'Plan of Salvation'. This answered all my father's fears and worries. We started to learn more about the church and in the Spring of that year we we all baptized. Over the years as I have learned more, it all seems logical and I know in my heart that all these things are right.

How I live my faith

Within the Church organization I am involved in the indexing program which is making information available to people the world over who are trying to find their ancestors. I work as a volunteer at our local Family History Centre helping people who want to trace their ancestry. We read the scripture each night as a family, if my husband is at work then I read them with my daughter. We feel it is important to read from the scriptures every day. We also say prayers together as a family, when I can I ring my husband at work so that he can still be a part of this important activity. 'A family that prays together, stays together.' Helping others stay close to our Heavenly Father is an important part of the church program, along with another female member of our church unit or Ward, we are assigned to visit other female members once a month. It helps us to get to know each other better and also if they have any concerns or need help then we can talk to them about it and with our local church leaders organize the help that they need.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

In the New Testament Jesus told the people that he had other sheep that he would visit John 1016. The people didn't understand what he meant. The Book of Mormon tells of Jesus Christ's visit to the people that lived on what we know as the American continent. In reading about the Indian Tribes that live in America, many, if not all of them, have stories passed down from generation to generation about a Great White Healer that visited their ancestors and taught them how he wanted them to live. How he healed their sick. He promised each tribe that he would return some day. Many recognise the stories and accounts in the Book of Mormon from stories that have been passed down by their parents.   Show more Show less