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Hi I'm Gwen

I'm a wife and a mother and a program manager and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

 I am a forty-something married woman with an empty nest, and my family is the most important thing to me. I have a degree in Computer Science and I work as a consultant managing programs and complex projects for large companies. I travel for work a lot and work from home when I am not traveling. I love being home and caring for my family. I am a traditional wife and mother and I find joy in keeping house, cooking and serving my family and keeping our household running smoothly. Both my children are away at college, so I am adjusting to being a long-distance mom. I love to read and write, and sew, and garden, and shop. I love to walk and jog and bike and paddleboard and be outside in beautiful Orange County whenever I can. Although the adjustment from a very active household with children to a quiet and tidy empty nest has been a difficult one, I am enjoying finding out what this next stage of life will bring as far as personal development, alone time with my husband, and opportunities to serve.

Why I am a Mormon

 I was born in the Church. My mom is from pioneer ancestors who converted in Ohio and came across the plains to Utah in a covered wagon in the Mormon Migration. My dad was converted when he was 21, and he came across the plains from Pennsylvania with his mom and sister to join the saints in Utah in the late 50's in a red station wagon. It was our family joke that both sides of the family crossed the plains for the same reason, to join the saints in Utah, and both came in wagons, but came 100 years apart. Having both a strong pioneer heritage and a convert heritage allowed me to see life from both perspectives. I have the historical grounding from the pioneers as well as the passion and gratitude for the gospel that converts have. I grew up going to church, Primary and Young Womens, Seminary and Institute and my testimony developed into something strong. When I was 20 I got married in the temple and in my mid-twenties I got divorced. This was not what I expected my life to be and it was a very difficult time for me. I felt that I had followed the rules and was shocked that things had not worked out. I questioned my testimony and my membership in the church. I had to start again from square one - did I believe that there was a God? Yes, did I belive Jesus was the Christ, my Savior? Yes, Did I believe in His Atonement and that it applied to me? Yes - and I rebuilt my testimony bit by bit. This experience matured my testimony into a strong, living thing that sustains me through life's difficulties.

How I live my faith

 I live my faith by serving whenever there is an opportunity, and by living as an example of the believers wherever I am. I take my callings seriously and strive to give my best.