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Hi I'm Gwen

I grew up hearing Mormons were bad people but now I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a convert to the LDS church. I have 3 children and a wonderful husband. My husband and I have been self-employed for 17 years. I love working side by side with my husband. He is my best friend. My children are all grown. My youngest son just returned from serving two years in Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico in November 2011. My middle child (age 24) is waiting for his mission call. We have truly been blessed.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was a young girl, my family went to church only at Christmas and Easter. When I was in high school I often went by myself or to a different church with my best friend. I remember stopping to look at a large picture of Christ and remember feeling something was missing. It wasn't until joining the LDS (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) church that I can now look at Christ's picture and feel peace now. I was so anti-Mormon. My father often told me how bad the Mormons were. Then I met my husband, who was in-active which means he didn't attend church. It wasn't until my second time with missionaries that I was mature enough to listen to their message. I love this church. It explains so much of what goes on in a person's life. The mysteries are unfolded and peace comes deep into a person's soul. Nothing in this church is weird or makes me feel uncomfortable. I look back now and realize that I just didn't know. At first my father wasn't happy with me when he found out I joined the church. When my mother died a month after being sealed in the temple, I had so much comfort knowing where she was. My dad told me then that he was glad I had joined the church and made me promise that I would be a good church member. Then he asked me to say a prayer with him for the first time in my life. The missionaries told me that they weren't here to convert me. That this was between me and the Lord. So they encouraged me to pray about this church to get an answer for myself. So I prayed and prayed. I prayed for several weeks. I knew that I needed confirmation from the Lord that this was the right for me. I had prayed for so many nights and one night I was down on my knees. I started to ask about the church and then I thought, no I'm not going to ask tonight. And then a voice came into my head that said it was the true church. I knew then that this is where I am supposed to be. I love the Church of Jesus Christ. It all makes sense now! I have so much peace in my life now.

How I live my faith

Most of my callings in the church have been teaching. I love to teach classes because it helps me to read and study and understand things better. I have taught from the youngest in the church to the adult level. At times I feel inadequate, but then I pray for the Spirit to bless me and sometimes I am amazed at what I hear myself saying.

Is it true that Jesus appeared in North America after his crucifixion and resurrection according to the Book of Mormon?

This was my turning point. When the missionaries discussed this issue, it made me really think about the fact that Jesus wouldn't ignore the people in North America. No one had ever talked about this to me before. Show more Show less