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Hi I'm Genny

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

First, I am a wife, happily married for 20 years, and second, I'm a mom to five great kids. My family is my first priority. They are my favorite people to spend time with and my hopes and dreams are for my children to grow up and have their own families. I decided to be a stay-at-home mom when my oldest son was born and am grateful that we have been blessed for me to do so. My life has been happily normal and busy raising my children, volunteering at school, helping with homework, going to football games and track meets, encouraging piano practicing, and making sure someone walks the dog. Recently our normal life has been tossed upside down. Our oldest son was finishing up his freshman year at college and was hurt in an accident, hanging out with friends at a gym. His C5 vertebrae burst and pinched his spinal cord, causing him to be paralyzed from his chest down. He recovered in a hospital for a few months, and is now home continuing with rehabilitation. So now I am also a caregiver and learning about a whole new world of living with a disability.

Why I am a Mormon

My family have been members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for many generations. I am grateful for my pioneer ancestors who traveled across the plains by wagon to settle in the western United States. They sacrificed and suffered many hardships because they believed in the restoration of the gospel of Jesus Christ and a living prophet. Because of my heritage, I was raised a member of the church and actively participated in church services and activities my whole life. It was all I ever knew. When I was a young teenager my family lived in Madrid, Spain. We attended a small branch of the church with a few Spanish members. All of them were new converts to the gospel. It made a great impact on me to understand how they discovered the gospel and because they had a testimony of its truthfulness, were willing to make great sacrifices as "pioneers" in their country and families. Because of their conversions, I recognized my own conversion and came to know for myself that Joseph Smith was a prophet and restored the fulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ to earth. I felt the Holy Ghost testify to me that the Book of Mormon was true. I continue to feel the Holy Ghost bear witness to me as I attend church, read the scriptures, and pray. I am grateful to know that my Heavenly Father knows me and answers my prayers. I am thankful for the understanding the gospel gives about Jesus Christ and his Atoning sacrifice. I love the scripture in the Book of Mormon that teaches "he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, according to the flesh, that he may know according to the flesh how to succor his people according to their infirmities." (Alma 7:12) He has comforted me and given me peace that can't be found in any other way.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church is more than just going to services on Sunday. For me, it is a way of life. Most of the decisions I make are influenced in some way by the covenants I made as a member of the church. For example, I try to make our home a place where my children don't hear any coarse or vulgar language or see and hear inappropriate tv shows and movies. I keep the Sabbath day a special day, by spending it at church and at home with my family and not attending other events or shopping. In short, I try to live in accordance with the commandments of God and worthy to have the Holy Ghost with me as a constant companion. It isn't difficult really to life in harmony with the gospel, but I do my best to stay unspotted from the things in the world that are immoral and have evil influences. I also try to be a good member of our congregation by fellowshipping with others and visiting with them in our homes. I have a large group of great friends that I have made over the years by attending church. I have also been given lots of opportunities to be involved with different organizations within the church, by teaching classes and helping with youth activities. The church, in return, has given me great support as a mother by teaching my children and giving them opportunities to be involved with other kids in good worthwhile activities. I love belonging to our congregation! It is a blessing to be able to know so many other wonderful families and have opportunities to love them and help them when they have difficulties. We have been blessed by the love and support of our congregation as we have brought our son home from the hospital. I have witnessed the Christlike service of them on our behalf.