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Hi I'm Gail

I'm a Mormon. I grew up in Tacoma, WA and married my high school sweetheart.

About Me

I am a wife, mother, and grandmother. I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 34 years. We were sealed for time and all eternity in the Seattle Temple on April 23, 1981. We have three wonderful sons, all three of whom have married their sweethearts in the temple. We have 2 beautiful granddaughters, and two handsome grandsons. I work in Law Enforcement, as a Community Service Officer, doing a lot of crime prevention education. I love to serve the Lord. In my spare time, I love to scrapbook - this is my way of journaling my children and grandchildren's lives. I also love to read - anything, but especially John Grisham, Gerald Lund, and Patricia Cornwell.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 19 and had been married to my husband for almost a year, I had the opportunity to have the missionaries in my home. My husband was a member, but not attending church. As soon as I heard the first lesson about the Plan of Salvation, I knew that this was for me. I had grown up in a home where we were not encouraged to attend church, and there was no talk of Jesus. I had been looking for a church my whole life, it seemed. I knew there was something out there, I just hadn't had the opportunity to discover it. When the Elders asked me that night if I had any questions, I said, "Yes, when can I be baptized?" I was excited to read the Book of Mormon and started that night. I prayed - hard - to know of the truthfulness of this gospel and the Book of Mormon. I had a burning in my chest - in a good way. It was my answer. The Holy Ghost was telling me then and there that this was true. This was where I was supposed to be. I was baptized a few weeks later, when I finished the lessons. Little did I know, I was pregnant with our first son at the time - - what a wonderful event in my life - one I will never forget. I have a testimony of the truthfulness of this Gospel. I know, with the deepest fiber of my being, that it is true. I have had difficult times in my life, just like everyone else in this world. What has gotten me through is the ability to talk to the Lord and put it all on his shoulders. He died for my sins. I know this. I know that when I make a mistake, the Lord will forgive me if I but ask. That is what the Atonement is about. I know that President Thomas S. Monson is a true prophet of the Lord. I know that Joseph Smith, as a young boy of 14, spoke to the Lord and our Heavenly Father. I try to do my best to serve others in any way that I can. I am not perfect - none of us are - we all make mistakes. There is forgiveness. I know this and have received it. I love this Gospel. I love this church. It truly is the Church of Jesus Christ. He is at the head of this church. I am so thankful for my family. I am thankful for the knowledge that we can be together for eternity. I love my family and I love Jesus Christ. I say this in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

How I live my faith

I try to serve others every day and set a good example for them to follow. I have served as a Primary Instructor, teaching all ages of children, a Nursery Leader - working with children 18months to 3 years old; I have also served in the Relief Society (women's group) Presidency. I was part of the Stake Emergency Management Team for 5 years and I am still an instructor, teaching Community Emergency Response Team training, as well as acting as an authorized provider for the American Red Cross, teaching CPR/First Aid classes at church. I am also a Visiting Teacher, visiting sisters in their homes once a month, at least, providing a message and assisting with any needs.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

Gail
The 10% of our income that we donate is called Tithing. Our tithing helps to support the temples, and church buildings. It helps to pay the bills, if you will. Tithing is a commandment in the scriptures, and we follow that commandment. We also have Fast Offerings, which means that one day a month, we go without food for two meals (24 hours) and donate what those meals would cost to the church. Those funds help those that are in need, be it food, clothing, or expenses. We can choose to pay as much, or as little, in Fast Offerings that we want, but are encouraged to be generous in our Fast Offerings to help others. Show more Show less