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Hi I'm Genan

I am a university professor and a grandmother on Facebook. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I enjoy riding bicycles and running local charity races together. We take our grandchildren hiking and backpacking into the high mountains each summer. I study wildflowers and birds so I can share those names with my grandchildren as we hike together. I am also a university professor in elementary and early childhood education. I assist people to search their family history and serve with the children at church.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon first because it is my heritage. As a child I trusted that I had a Heavenly Father who heard my prayers and I had several occasions when I knew that He had. When I was in my early teens I read the Book of Mormon by myself and tested the promise of Moroni to pray to know if it was true. The quiet peace that came from the Holy Ghost is as real today as it was that evening as I knelt beside my bed. As a mature adult I might answer the question as to why I am a Mormon a little differently. I have had a lifetime of testing the admonition of Jesus Christ when he said, “If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself” (John 7:17). As I have tried to follow the example of Jesus Christ, so many blessings have followed. I have had heart-wrenching trials and exquisite joy and have seen the hand of the Lord tenderly guiding me. I know the fruit of being a Mormon brings great joy.

How I live my faith

I am a quiet person who likes to be on the edge of the crowd visiting with one or two people on a personal level. My favorite place to serve in the church is in the nursery with the little children, but I am equally comfortable teaching my peers, the older children or the youth. I make it a point to always have a smile on my face because I am so thankful for all the blessings that are mine. That smile often gives me an opportunity to share the joy I feel in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I look for ways to serve my family, students, colleagues, neighbors, and strangers. Sometimes that is in lending an ear of honest caring or a simple act of courtesy or a word of encouragement or praise. I appreciate being able to contribute to the Church Humanitarian efforts that reach out to those in need all over the world.