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Hi I'm Gwen

I grew up in Connecticut. Married a great man. We have only 1 child. I'm a bus driver & I love natural medicine. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am in my "middle-age years" and I have recently discovered I have a passion for cooking. I love to cook for company and/or on holidays, especially if I can cook something Italian or Polish. I like to try new ideas all the time. Reading is another passion for me. I have built up quite an extensive library on naturopathic healing and alternative remedies. I enjoy learning about the medical field, both allopathic and naturopathic. I love to promote the idea of there being a healer in every home. I love to read about anything that teaches me a new skill or somehow betters my life. I am not really into fiction, although I have be "sucked into" a choice few of those books during my life because someone just started reading them to me until I wanted to know "what happened next..." Oh well! I am married over 20 years now, and we have only one child who is now grown. She is the joy of my existence. I would have loved to have had more children, but one was all the Lord saw fit to give us at this time, so we have put all we could into getting the "parenting thing" right the first time around! I have never had wealth or fame or recognition of any kind, but my being a mother has made me feel like I have been blessed beyond measure. I am SO very grateful to have been a Latter-day Saint mother, especially in the times we are living in. I have loved having the guidance of the Lord in our lives as we raised our daughter together.

Why I am a Mormon

I was only living for myself until my daughter was born.Then, although I was told I would never have any children, I gave birth to a beautiful little girl. I wasn't really interested in God up til then. One evening I was watching the news & what they said disturbed me greatly. I went outside to get some air. I felt panic inside me as I imagined what would happen to my baby if I were not here to raise her. After trying in vain to calm down, I finally found myself praying to God. I begged for Him to allow me to raise her. I asked forgiveness for my sinful past & promised to do my best from here on out. I asked Him to show me which church to join & raise my daughter in. I immediately felt peace & a feeling like I was being hugged. I went inside and within a very short time, I forgot my promise. It was two months later that I met the missionaries. I've always been curious about other religions (I was a non-practicing Catholic)so I asked them questions about their church. I went home & told my husband about this & we invited them over to hear more about their beliefs. We had no intention of joining, but after a few discussions, my husband wanted to join. I became very defensive & felt like he was joining an occult of some kind. The missionaries asked me one day if I would just go ahead and ask God if all of this was true so I could know for myself. I was afraid to know, so it took me several weeks.Finally I did pray, & was blessed to know for myself that it was true. I decided to be baptized with my husband. A week later I was in church & I heard a voice say "remember your promise" repeated 3 times to me. Then I recalled that night when I prayed to God asking for help & promising a new life to him. I found myself sobbing. He never forgot me! I've tried to keep that promise ever since & have raised our child in this faith the best I could. I have NO doubt that He answered my prayer in bringing me to this church. I have never regretted my decision to be baptized into it.

How I live my faith

I have held many callings in the church over the years. I started out as a nursery teacher and leading the choir. Over the years, I have taught the Primary aged children, the young women, and even the adult women. I have been an activities chairperson, and have taught in Sunday School for the men and women. I have given talks in Sacrament and have borne my testimony about my faith in this Gospel and in both my Heavenly Father and in Jesus Christ. I have served wherever and whenever I am asked to do so. In my life, I have grown spiritually to where I try to read my scriptures every day. I try to pray to my Father in Heaven both morning and night every day. I attend the temple in my area once a week (It used to be once a year when the temple was a 6 hour drive away from my home, but now I live within 30 driving minutes from a temple). I try to do a fast once a month and donate the relatively small amount of money we didn't use for food towards helping others in need. We have also been helped by this very same program because others gave of their fast offerings. I never know who I am helping because it is anonymous, but it feels good to know someone didn't have to go on state assistance because so many members contribute to this fund regularly. I think, how I best live my faith though, is in how I live with my family. I still have a long way to go towards perfection, but since I have become a member of this church, I see my relationship with my family members as "forever" and not just something to fill in my time here while I am on this earth. I have become grateful for family in a way I never dreamed possible. I have learned how to walk in that faith that teaches me to love unconditionally. I trust in God and Jesus Christ. I love my relationship with Them. I am so grateful for the Atonement. I want and try to obey all the commandments. This makes me feel closer to God and Jesus, which truly brings me joy and peace in my life.

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

Gwen
I am a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I joined as an adult. Before I joined this Church I wondered if women were controlled by their husbands or the church. As I investigated this for myself, I found out that this was not so. Yes, these women are gentle and nurturing, and, humorously enough, many are not as loud as my female Italian family members! but I believe that is because they don't have to continually fight to define their position and status in marriage and in life. Men are taught early on that women are to be revered, treated with the utmost respect, recognized as daughters of God, and are to be an equal partner in the marriage relationship. In fact, without their wife, men are taught they cannot even enter into the highest kingdom of Heaven. The husband and wife are considered different but equal in that their responsibilities to their marriage may be different, but they are of equal importance. Each spouse is an equal to the other. This being said, one can always find persons of any religion or walk of life that do not follow the tenets of their own beliefs. Any man or woman who abuses, threatens, demeans, or coerces another human being into acting against their own free agency is NOT living in harmony with the teachings of Jesus Christ nor the Church that bears His name. No true Latter-day Saint would want to control the free will of another human being, especially of those they claim to love and cherish. Show more Show less