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Hi I'm Gretchen

I'm a mother, daughter, sister, wife... and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of 4 monsters... I mean children, with a fifth on the way. I have been with my husband for almost 11 years (2011) and married to him for 7 of those. I love to play outside, read fantasy books... and yes... I like to play video games too! I love languages and am a student of ASL (American Sign Language) and hope to add more languages to my list as I continue in my education. I grew up in a home with an LDS mother and a non-religious father. When I was thirteen, my parents divorced and we moved to Arizona. After a brief stint in AZ we went to Arkansas, only to stay there for about 10 mos before returning to Ohio. While in Ohio, my parents reunited for a short time, but my father was so heavily into drugs that life was far from great. I learned a lot in my short life, and try (keyword: try) not to forget the lessons I have learned from this experience. Now as a mother and wife, I can truly treasure and cherish the life that I have with my family. While life is difficult and hard, I find I am able to cope with anything that has been thrown into my path. My past helped to mold me, but my choices are what have made me who I am.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have made many mistakes in my life. I have had to deal with difficult situations, and continue to deal with them daily. After my husband and I had 2 children, I started to think about churches and the experiences I have had with them in my life. I must admit, they weren't always positive, and I always had a reason to leave. After we had taken missionary discussions, and after a lot of praying and scripture reading, my husband and I were married. A month later, he was baptized. Life since then hasn't been a picnic. I refer to it as a roller-coaster because I have had incredible highs, and despairing lowing. I have had many twists and turns throughout the whole thing, but one thing has never changed; the gospel and my faith. While living the precepts of the gospel aren't always easy, they are certainly worth it. Being a Mormon hasn't made my life's problems go away, it hasn't magically kept bad things away, but it has definitely put things into perspective. Instead of looking at the loss of our home as the most awful thing that could happen to our family, we look at is as a new beginning. It is just another twist on my roller-coaster, and I know that the smooth track is somewhere ahead... even if I can't see it. A friend of mine said, "Being a Mormon isn't easy, but it is worth it." My faith has sustained me through the tricks of dealing with my children, loving and forgiving people that have harmed me, and helped me to understand that this Earth is a place of learning. Either I can embrace my lessons, or I can fight them tooth and nail until all of my strength is exhausted (whether the lesson is gone or not).

How I live my faith

I live my faith by trying my best. I know that I will never be perfect in this life, but I can continue to improve myself. I try to be the best me for my children, my husband, and most of all for me. I want to be the best me I am capable of being. I acknowledge that there are many paths in this life, and that not all people will follow mine. I try to love those around me and to show them that love with acceptance, tolerance, and service. Christ loves all regardless of their sins and choices. That is one of the beauties of this Earth. There is variety in all things. Most of all I try to remember that there is always hope. Hope is never gone... only abandoned.

What do Mormons believe about family?

Families are forever!!!!!!!!!! What happiness this brings me as I raise my children to know that I can be with them for eternity. The joy and happiness I get from them in this life is going to go with me! YAY! Show more Show less