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Hi I'm Gina

We all made a covenant with the Lord to help each other whenever we can. Love One Another is my banner on my phone. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of 9 kids and grandmother to 12. I come from a family of 11 siblings. I was raised as a Catholic and converted to the Mormon faith when I was 17. I love to create things. I love to make things especially out of wood. I love to learn new things all the time. I had my first 7 kids with my ex-husband and 2 more 9 years later with my eternal companion. I am very active in my childrens school. I love to have yard sales to make extra money, to take something junky and transform it to something useful and sell it cheap or give it to someone who really needs it. I am a people person. I am also a people watcher. I love to see why people are different. There is a song at church that says because I have been given much I too must give. That's me. I have been very blessed with a great big, wonderful family! In fact I still have Christmas and birthdays with my ex, his wife and all our children.

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised a Catholic in a large family was awesome. But I always thought that i was missing something. I went to church every Sunday and went to CCD but still felt as if there had to be more. One day at the place I worked I was invited to have dinner with the night shift guy and his wife. Everyone I worked with was Mormon except me and my first husband. I went and when I got there they told me that they had also invited the missionaries from their church to have dinner too because they all took turns feeding them while they were on their mission. As we had dinner they asked if I wanted to know more about our Savior. I said sure but I set some ground rules. No asking me to pray, no asking me questions, and don't ask me to read. They said ok and first thing they ask me to say the opening prayer. ;) I reminded them of our deal and we went on. They then asked me to read. Again I reminded them of our agreement. And yes, of course, they asked me questions. As they went through the lessons, I quickly felt the spirit testify to me that this was what I had been missing. By the third lesson I was challenged to pray on my own to know if I should get baptised. I didn't need to do that because I had already known that what was what I had been looking for. I was nervous to ask my parents permission to get baptised but I went home and did. My mother was sick that night and it was hard to ask because I knew how important church was to her. She was not happy with my decision and she and my sisiter sat up a couple nights later and tried to persuade me to not join. I did join and for a lot of years I was on my own. But I knew I had made a great choice. I love how the church is set up. We have the greatest support system I have ever known my whole life! Not only is there emotional, spiritual and temporal suppport whenever I need it, but it is also there for anyone I know. I have learned more about Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ than I could imagine.

How I live my faith

I teach the 3-4 year olds in our church. Each week I prepare a lesson geared to their level of thinking. It is the most fun I have had in years. Not only do I teach them but they teach me. The things that children say when you are discussing the Savior and Heavenly Father makes me humble and grateful that I have this opportunity each week. I also have been a visiting teacher for a lot of years. It has given me the opportunity to truly know and love the women I have served. I have met people from all walks of life as I have volunteered to participate in community projects which our church is very big on. We are always encouraged to be aware of those around us and I think the best councel I have ever gotten was this: When you are struggling in your life - take a look around because there are a lot of people worse off than you. It has kept me humble and helped me to always remember that I have been greatly blessed. There have been times in my life that I have been really depressed or discouraged and then I look around me and realize that there are so may others that need more help than I do. I try to help when I am needed and be a good friend. I KNOW this church is true. That the principles taught here are straight from God. I know that I am an instument in His hands. I know He continuously teaches me through those around me. I love to be part of this Church and to serve.