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Hi I'm Gina

I'm a wife, mom, sister, daughter, friend. And, I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the youngest of eight children, and mother of six and soon to be grandma. I have been married to my first love for 25 years. I love to make cookies and rolls, and I enjoy having our home be a pleasant place for family and friends. I play the piano and have been home schooling my three youngest kids for six years. I don't love to do laundry, I don't do windows, and I probably eat too much chocolate. But, I love to act silly with my kids and do music and art projects with them. I enjoy taking my kids on field trips to explore the fun things around us. I enjoy the outdoors and love to see my kids and husband have fun together. Running is a new hobby of mine, as well as blogging. My "happy places" are Disneyland, and the beach.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church, so it has always been a part of my life. I've often wondered what religion or belief system I would have chosen had I not been raised in the church. Change is difficult for me, and I may have been too stubborn to accept the gospel had it not been "given" to me. People comment to me about how happy I am, or how well I handle my large family. They are amazed at how great my kids are, etc. I know it's because of my devotion to Jesus Christ and the joy that living the gospel brings to my life. That is the difference that people see.

How I live my faith

I try my best to live life as a Christian every single day. To me that means that I love and serve my family, serve others and do my best to be a positive example and influence. I attend my church meetings each week. One way I serve is to visit three other women from our congregation in a capacity called "Visiting Teacher." We visit together regularly, to check on their spiritual and temporal well being. I do my best to follow the teachings of the scriptures as well as those of our current Prophet and other church leaders.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

We believe in not being dependent on others for our needs, so we plant gardens and store quantities of food, in case of emergencies--unemployment, natural disasters, etc. Our family recently ended over 12 months of unemployment. That time should have been stressful and difficult financially. But it wasn't for us. We had plenty of money in savings, and we had food storage to rely on. While we did need to make changes to how we spent our money, we were blessed because of our plans ahead of time to be prepared. Show more Show less