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Hi I'm Gail

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

The most fulfilling of all the roles I have ever had, is to be a wife and mother. I have a very kind, supportive and talented husband, as well as two children, a daughter, son-in-law, and son, all of whom I am honored to call mine. I love family history! I also enjoy sewing, baking bread and music. I love nature and all of it's beauties and feel blessed to live in an area surrounded by God's handiwork.

Why I am a Mormon

While I was raised as a Mormon, I never came to embrace and understand the importance of Jesus Christ in my life until later. Through challenges I came to discover my great need for Him and His love in my life which lead me to my knees as well as the scriptures. A careful reading of the Bible lead me to desire to learn from the Master through His words. Through them, and His patient guidance, I have come to know Him not only as my Savior and Redeemer, but as my Friend. The more I learn of Him and His gospel, the more His perfect plan becomes evident in my life, and the greater my happiness becomes. Through challenges and triumphs I am beginning to understand His perspective on this life and His view of me as a daughter of God. His doctrine, the whole of it, is in the Mormon faith.

How I live my faith

I currently serve teaching the children in our church. They never cease to amaze me! It is no wonder that the Lord loved to be surrounded by them and instructed us to become as pure, humble, and open to the Spirit as they are. To watch them develop, to watch the lights go on in their hearts and minds as they learn how they can be like their Savior, and then see them implement it is so heart warming. I strive daily to be kind to all around me. I don't believe we have to do any one great thing to share our Savior's love with those around us. Simple things like a smile, a warm hug, a sincere thank you. Words of cheer and support instead of criticism go so far in making others feel joy, peace, and of value. Seeking to see others through God's eyes, instead of my own, helps me catch His vision of the potential we all have to become, if we will but help each other through this mortal journey.

What is being a Mormon like?

Gail
I believe being a Mormon only takes the best parts of my life and makes them better. Being Mormon also gives me foundation and direction to pull through the difficulties that happen in every life. I believe my family is stronger because of the values taught through our faith. I love that I have a church family where ever I go in the world! An ever widening circle of friends in the truest sense of the word. Being Mormon provides me and my family with opportunites to serve each other, as well as our community, and through that service find lasting joy and happiness. Show more Show less

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

Gail
Mormon women are incredible, loved, and appreciated for all they do! In an address to a churchwide audience in April of 2011, one of our leaders, Quentin Cook, said, "Our Latter-Day Saint women are incredible! God placed within women divine qualities of strength, virtue, love, and the willingness to sacrifice. ...Our doctrine is clear: Women are daughters of our Heavenly Father, who loves them. Wives are equal to their husbands. Marriage requires a full partnership where wives and husbands work side by side to meet the needs of the family." I feel that the doctrine of the Mormon faith places me, as a woman, in a position of honor and respect where those qualities that seem most natural, most innate, are strengthen and appreciated in a society that sometimes sees those qualities as weak or demeaning. We are encouraged to be strong, to be educated, and every other virtuous quality that will strenghten us not only as women individually but as a whole, and thus our families and the society in which we live. I love not only being a child of God, but being a daughter of God. Show more Show less

What is a ward/stake/branch?

Gail
Our larger congregations are called "Wards" and our smaller congregations are called "Branches". We are set up geographically so we are all in the same vicinity. We attend church in a meeting house near our homes. Several congregations make up a "Stake". Regardless of the official names, the best way to describe a Mormon congregation is family. We are family. There to smile, laugh, cry, and care for each other as a family would. There to worship together, build friendships, support and serve each other as needs arise. We celebrate achievements and mourn losses together. I genuinely love my ward family. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Gail
I love the Bible. I cherish the accounts that have been recorded and preserved, by God's gracious hand, to help to teach us, His children. The lessons within can teach the smallest child and the wisest adult. Mormons absolutely love the Bible. We study from its pages. We strive to apply the teachings into our lives. I believe God, through the ages, has inspired holy men to record and preserve His word, His voice. Whether it is Psalmist speaking words of comfort, the voice of John, testifiying that Jesus is the Christ, or the voice of Paul recounting his experience on the road to Damascus, it is His voice. Whether we were to hear His own voice or the voice of His servants, we should regard it with the same reverance, cherish it equally. The Bible is the word of God. We likewise feel that God loves His children enough to never cease speaking to them. Had He given all the counsel that was ever needed to Moses on Sinai there would have been no need for us to know about Joshua, Isaiah, Jonah, or Daniel. All could not be recorded. John said that he supposed if all of Christ's ministry could have been recorded, "that even the world itself could not contain the books that should be written." God has not abandoned His children since the Bible was cannonized. Just as in days of old, He continues to speak, continues to inspire holy men to record His voice. We are given the opportunity to open our hearts and embrace all of His words. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

Gail
While we are reminded and urged to participate in our community, state and national elections, we are also reminded that is it up to each individual to study the candidates, the issues and to vote according to what that individual feels would be best. Mormons, like all other responsible citizens, vote according to their concience, according to what they feel to be right. We strive to support our elected officials and be good citizens wherever we happen to live in the world. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Gail
Yes, without question, Mormons are Christian. There is a scripture I believe sums up not only our belief in Jesus Christ, but the reason why we believe in and worship Him. It was recorded by an ancient prophet in the Book of Mormon more than 500 years before His birth and reads, "we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins." Jesus is the Christ. Prophets of old testified, recorded, and looked forward to the day He would come to earth to fulfill His divine role to be the Lamb of God, to give Himself for our sins, to become the Redeemer of all mankind. Mormons worship Him as the Son of God, we are baptized in His name, and strive to live our lives in accordance to His will, His commandments, and His example. Show more Show less

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Gail
We believe that God loves all His children. We believe that Christ-like behavior and attributes developed within us, extends His love to all through our lives, hearts, and hands. A true Christian, would never deny help when help can be given, regardless of religious beliefs. We believe as we serve each other, with eyes blind to creed, color, nationality, or other outward appearances, we serve God. Every act of kindness never goes unnoticed in God's eyes. Show more Show less