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Hi I'm Gay viz. Happy, Delighted

I was born a Mormon, grew up a Mormon, married a Mormon, and am still a Mormon. By choice.

About Me

I like bright colors, wearing jewelry, audiobooks, popcorn, hotdogs, playing board games, shopping, email, teaching from the scriptures, walking, and the Lord's creations. I do not like holding still, being hot or dirty, watching TV, talking on the phone, baseball, going barefoot, eating mushrooms or cucumbers. I spend most of my time playing the piano or teaching others to play the piano. And I have lots of hobbies, e.g. needlework, painting furniture, blogging, quilting. My best friends are my 7 children, 7 children-in-law, and 21 grandchildren. And my husband, of course! I also love my mom and my huge pile of siblings, siblings-in-law, aunts, uncles, and too many cousins to count. When it is time to vacation I want to visit one or all of them. It is all about family after all.

Why I am a Mormon

In so many ways I am a typical Mormon girl. I was born in a large family that was active in the church. My father was my bishop and my mother was my seminary teacher. I attended BYU where I dated my husband-to-be. We married in the temple and had our own large family. I have never been inactive nor even missed a month paying tithing. But all of that is NOT why I am a Mormon. Through all the years of church attendance I have questioned everything. Not kicked against the standards, but questioned. I have had to search, ponder and pray to learn for myself whether the church into which I was born is, in fact and in truth, the only true and living church on the earth. I am not naive nor gullible. I have studied and I have prayed. And I have made the conscious choice to continue as an active member in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have many friends who are wonderful, caring, Christian people who love their families and their fellowmen. I respect them and the way that they demonstrate their faith in Jesus Christ. The difference in the LDS church is the authority to administer gospel ordinances and thereby give me blessings as I struggle here on earth and the promise of eternal blessings, especially blessings with my family around me, after I depart this life. I know that Jesus Christ leads this church and I want to be on His team. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

I try to never do anything that I would be embarrassed to have the Lord know about. He knows anyway, right?!! I understand the principle of repentance and I am grateful that when I do not live up to that standard of excellence - sadly, it happens frequently - I can repent and, through the atonement of Jesus Christ, be forgiven. But I'd prefer to not have to repent. Therefore, I try to listen to the Spirit and heed it's promptings. That I might do so is part of every prayer I offer.

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Gay viz. Happy, Delighted
Growing up I heard about beautiful temple weddings. After I became engaged we began to prepare for our own temple wedding. My mother made exactly the dress I wanted, and I spent hours appliquing lace onto the sleeves. I was so excited! However, our temple wedding was not beautiful. Through some miscommunications, we were not sealed in one of those gorgeous sealing rooms. There were no mirrors on the walls symbolizing eternity. The chairs didn't even match! The officiator mumbled, and there was another couple that we didn't know in the room also to be sealed. It wasn't even our special time alone. The disappointment was HUGE! BUT, I knew then and I know now, 40+ years later, that we did the right thing. That day my husband and I made eternal covenants with each other and with the Lord, covenants that hold promise of being a family forever. We are linked to our children and to our children's children. We are linked to our parents and our parents' parents. It can be an unbroken chain binding generation to generation as long as we remain true to the promises we made that day in the Lord's temple. I have been to many temple marriages since, including those of all seven of our children. All have been truly beautiful, held in the most lovely temple sealing rooms. But I know that mine was just as binding, and I will be forever grateful that we were married in the temple, in the right place by the right priesthood authority. I love my family too much to have chosen any other way. Show more Show less