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Hi I'm Gwen

I'm a mother of four children and I teach high school English. I'm an avid reader and love to cook for my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love to take walks every evening with my kids. It's a great way to talk to them and just have some quiet time away from home. I got my college degree late in life after all of my children had been born and got my masters degree about five years later. I'm not super skilled at sewing, but I enjoy making easy quilts and I'm pretty crafty. I also like trying new recipes on my family--some are hits and some are not. Books are my passion. I read A LOT, especially during the summer. I can't say that I have any specific favorites, and I enjoy a wide variety of genres. I love my husband and his ability to make me laugh. I look forward to serving a mission with him when we get older because he truly is my best friend.

Why I am a Mormon

I've been a member all my life, but I suppose even members have conversion stories. My testimony was strengthened after I moved 1,200 miles away from my family to go to school and work. Whenever I felt homesick or alone, I relied on the Lord to help me through my struggles. I've always been sure of the love my Savior has for me. In all my travels, the one constant has been the gospel of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I am grateful for the personal revelation I receive when I read the scriptures or go to the temple. The guidance from a living prophet today has helped me be a better wife and mother, but mainly just a better person.

How I live my faith

I attend the temple once a month and go to church every Sunday. At church I help organize visits with all of the women (18 and up) in our ward. It's important to make friendships and connections and to serve others. That's one of the things I love about being a Mormon is the service aspect. Charity is the pure love of Christ and we practice it faithfully. I have had many callings in our church: teaching nursery-age children all the way to adults. I've organized the music and cleaned our building. My favorite thing has been to see my children grow up in the Church and get callings of their own.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

To tell you the truth, I don't know. I guess Mormons got a bad rap back when polygamy was around and it just stuck. I don't really think we're weird at all. We're Christian because we believe in Christ. We love our families, we love and serve others, we desire to try every day to be a little better, we are active in our communities, we believe in the Bible, we try to live healthy, and we believe that this gospel was restored by Joseph Smith in these latter days. That doesn't seem cultish at all. Some coworkers or casual aquaintances seem surprised when they find out I'm Mormon because of how normal I am. Mormonism is NOT a cult. Hopefully, people will just get to know us and recognize the distinction. Show more Show less