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Hi I'm Gini

I come from a typical, middle-class, mid-western background. Now I'm married and raising my own kids. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a stay at home mom of two sweet and energetic children, ages 6 and 3. I am also the mother of a sweet angel boy, who passed away last summer at the age of 3 1/2 months from a congenital heart defect. I am also a registered nurse, but stopped working to stay home with my kids. I love to be outside, to spend time with loved ones and to watch my children learn and grow.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to be born into a faithful family, and have had the gospel in my life always. A few years ago, I remember at times thinking to myself that my life was relatively easy. Compared to the hardships I saw others face, I felt truly lucky. I wondered if my faith would ever really be put to the test. Well, my time of trial did indeed come, when I learned that my third child would be born with a severe congenital heart defect and would have only a small chance of survival. I felt devastated thinking of the suffering my son would have to endure and how helpless I was in this situation. Many, many tears were shed as countless prayers were offered that my baby might be healed. I knew that God had the power to heal him, if it was His will that my son be healed. I came to understand that even though I wanted desperately for my son to receive a miraculous healing, that I had to trust my Heavenly Father and His plan for my family. Gradually my prayers changed to asking that I would have faith and trust and that God's will for my son be done. I was blessed to be able to see and love my son in the flesh for 3 1/2 months. He endured many difficult and painful procedures and treatments. Eventually his weakened heart could give no more and we knew the time was rapidly approaching that he would have to part from us. This was the most difficult time of my life. But I felt an indescribable peace that made it possible for me to accept his departure. I felt in my soul that my son was finished with his special mission in this life and that he was merely ready to move on to the next. I knew that my Heavenly Father was in charge, that He had a plan and that He was acutely aware of me and what I was being asked to go through. My faith was never shaken--I never questioned whether God or the gospel that I had been taught all my life were real. Instead, as my most difficult trials unfolded, the truthfulness of these things was only more deeply confirmed in my heart.

How I live my faith

I love going to church. It is a highlight of my week to meet together with other members of my faith and worship. I also enjoy visiting with the women in my congregation outside of regular church meetings. Part of my church service includes me being in charge of monthly meetings with these women where we get together to learn something new, to participate in service, or just to enjoy one another's company and strengthen one another. I also enjoy occasionally filling in as a substitute teacher for children's Sunday school classes. At home my family and I enjoy reading the scriptures and praying together daily as well as having a special Family Home Evening night once a week when we participate in special activities and gospel-centered lessons together.