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Hi I'm Gretchen

I am from the Midwest. I am the mother of seven children. I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

About Me

I am The mother of seven children. I have an Associates Degree in Child Care and Development and a Bachelors in Social Sciences. Because my top priority has always been to my family, it took me twenty years past high school to finally get my Bachelor of Science degree. I married my husband in May of 1992 in the Chicago Temple. Over the years I have worked sporadically in child care. I am currently a stay at home mom. My husband and I have seven children. I love to read and learn. I have a deep respect for the importance of and our eternal relationship with a good education. I also love to learn about health and the human body. Staying fit and eating a healthy diet is important to me. My hobbies, for the moment, are reading Fantasy fiction and finding innovative ways of getting daily exercise. I utilize everything from Wii workouts to walks around the neighborhood or riding my bike when I can. My favorite time of year is summer, especially when it gets hot outside. When everyone else complains about the heat, I go out and enjoy it! I love this beautiful world we live in. I love to find happiness in the simple joys that life has to offer. Being alive is a gift, and every day is another day to cherish.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born to parents who were already members. My earliest memories from childhood are those of knowing that I am a Child of God and that I am a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. As I grew older, my friends of my faith would struggle and question the validity of our faith. I never did. I later learned that this was because I found my testimony as early as the age of four. As I grew older that testimony became deeper and stronger when confronted with the trials of life. I know that Jesus is my Savior. I know that I am a child of God. I know that I lived before I was born. I know that this is the Church of Jesus Christ that I belong to. It is not Mormon's church, or Joseph Smith's church. They are prophets who also believed as I do. I am grateful to them for the service and dedication that they put forth so that I could have the blessings of the gospel of Jesus Christ in my life. When people ask me what my religion is I don't introduce myself as a Mormon. I tell them that I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.

How I live my faith

I am currently serving in my ward as a Primary President. This means that I am in charge of our wards organization for teaching children the gospel. I love watching the children learn about, and also teaching these little children about Jesus Christ.  I have a deep testimony about the importance of our religions organization for children, because that is where I gained my testimony at an early age. Children need to know that they are children of a Heavenly Father, and He loves them. They need to learn about the Savior and what He has done for them. The children start in this program at the young age of 18 months. They stay until they turn twelve. These are the formative years of self discovery. These are the years when children come to know the world they have been born to. I love being able to teach them about who created our world and why.