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Hi I'm Geri

I married my best friend; We raised our 3 wonderful kids and now have 5 terrific grandkids. I've had a great life. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My life has been full. I married my best friend and that relationship has never changed. He is my first and forever love. We only had 3 children, but we loved and nurtured our children's friends. While I have not worked much, I have volunteered a lot. My "career" was pre-hospital medicine; I was a volunteer EMT and taught continuing education all over Washington State (and even a few other places). For several years I served on the State Licensing and Certification Committee where I was able to help develop policies and write laws that governed the Emergency Medical Services in our State. I managed a federal medical team that staffed forest fire facilities. I have also spent time as a public information officer (PIO) in a couple different fire districts. Now that I'm retired from EMS, I volunteer with our local emergency management office and help teach about preparedness and self-reliance. Teaching self-reliance has motivated me to work on preparing our family and home for whatever type of disaster we might have to live through. I've learned to bake bread from my own ground wheat; to preserve (can, freeze, dry) many of the foods that we use. We even have a small garden in boxes on our deck. I have also found that I really enjoy scrapbooking, making cards, and playing with other papercrafts. My greatest joy is our family. I love having grown-up children and I believe that grandchildren are one of the greatest gifts that God has blessed me with.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child I went to a Girl Scout camp every summer for many years. Surrounded by the beauties, sounds, smells and intricacies of nature I found a faith. Each year that faith grew and was strengthened, but never did I know what or who I had faith in; I only knew it was something (or someone) stronger than any human force. It was real and I wanted it for more than two weeks in the summer. I attended several different churches while I was growing up, but none gave me the spiritual satisfaction that I was looking for. When we found out that I was pregnant with our first child, we started a vigorous search for a church. We felt that it was important for us to worship as a family. I still didn't know who or what I needed to worship, but knew I'd find it if we kept looking. Eventually, we went to a "Mormon" church. I had a lot of preconceived biases and was pretty uncomfortable. However, when the missionaries came to our home, they brought with them that feeling that I had experienced in the forests of my Girl Scout camping years. I felt the truth to the depths of my soul. I had found the feeling I was looking for. For me, there was no going back, my soul had been filled with the peace and calm that I had desired for so long. I must admit, I was concerned about many of the things that I had "heard" about "the Mormons" but, as I contrasted what I was hearing with what I was seeing and being taught I found that there were many misconceptions. I learned that God and His son Jesus Christ created this world and that it was their spirit and influence that I was feeling in the forest and around the lake. I learned about the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ and about and the importance of following His example in my day to day life. I'm grateful to have found the Church of Jesus Christ in these latter-days. I have searched and studied and I choose to be a Mormon.

How I live my faith

My life and the gospel are so intertwined that it is hard to identify what I do to live my life and what I do that is part of my faith. Wherever we have lived there have been opportunities to support the community services. I've served on a city council, chaired a planning commission, held a governor's appointment and been active on a variety of committee's. Within the church organization it's been much the same with different titles. I've been able to meet and "check on" women in our congregation and give service when it's been needed. I've taught the little children, cub scouts, teen-agers, and adults. A favorite time for me was the years that I taught an early morning scripture study class in our living room. My degree is in park and recreation administration. For many years, I used the knowledge I gained in college and as a Girl Scout and coordinated a summer camping experience for 200-300 girls. I loved being able to share with them, in that environment, how my testimony of the gospel evolved. As a seasoned mom, I have held several leadership positions within the church organization where I have been able to minister and lead one of the most dynamic women's organizations in the world. I live my faith by doing what I can to strengthen our children and family, by serving in our community and by giving service (just as Jesus did). My husband and I help at the church owned Home Storage Center. I make a lot of mistakes along the daily paths that I travel, however I know that I can repent and start over. Mostly, I look to my Savior as an example. He gave love and service to all whose paths he crossed. He was happy doing the work His father sent him to do. I get up in the morning, kneel and ask for guidance, then get up and do all that I can with the time I have. I'm usually happy fulfilling the tasks that come my way. At night I kneel again and report on how I used my time and energy and give thanks for the help I always receive.

Do Mormons only help Mormons?

Geri
My personal experience has been that the Mormon's I have been involved with have given a tremendous amount of service throughout the community that they live in. The LDS church has a communications network that makes it possible to quickly contact a large number of people. They are used to accepting assignments and then operating under the direction of an appointed leader so they can be quickly organized into functional units. When a large group was needed to help with sandbagging, the local church members used their communication network and gathered a hefty crew in less than one hour. Another time, members turned out en-mass to saturate high risk areas with information about how to respond to various disaster situations. When there is a community need, it is common knowledge that the "Mormon's" are an available, organized group that is not only capable, but willing, to step up and give whatever type of service is needed. Show more Show less