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Hi I'm Gaylene.

I grew up in northern Utah. My husband and I have seven children. I am a Mormon.

About Me

After high school, I graduated from college with a B.S. in Business Education and a minor in music. I taught high school business and computer classes for a few years before being married. Since my marriage, I've taught piano lessons and have been a full-time stay-at-home mom. Raising our 7 children and making a good home has been my top priority. I have always loved music, especially playing the piano. As a young girl I used to accompany my mom who was an opera singer. A few years ago I took over our elementary school's honor choir and we performed concerts and musicals. Since there was no accompanist, I accompanied it, and ended up recording the music so I could concentrate on directing the choir. I loved leading that choir, and I found that recording my own music and mixing tracks with drums, bass, violins, vocals, etc. was something I truly enjoyed. I recorded CD's of the songs for each choir member so they could work on the words and melody at home. I even composed and arranged a few of the songs. I love to bike ride, ski, hike, play disc golf, watch movies, and read. These are activities we do as a family on a regular basis. I also enjoy grinding my own wheat and baking bread, cooking, gardening, making jam, sewing, and quilting. Volunteering at the schools my children attend has always been important to me. Being room mom, working in the office and library, and organizing book projects for elementary children are some ways I've been involved.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I really do believe this church is the same church that Christ brought to the earth. It has the same organization and, I believe, the same priesthood authority. In John 8:32 Christ says, "And ye shall know the truth, and the truth will make you free." I love being free. I learned at a young age how to live by Christ's precepts. By living them, I am free. I find a happiness and peace in all situations, some of which I can't imagine being happy in otherwise. I am free from anything addictive in my life. I am free to get up each morning and function well without any aids. I am free from worry about contracting many of today's diseases. I realize I may still have health problems or accidents in the future, but they won't be from a bad decision I could have avoided by living God's laws. It is freedom when I can look my fellow man in the eye and not be ashamed of my life or choices or actions. I can look in the mirror and be comfortable with who I've become and who I'm becoming. Living God's laws has given me these freedoms and made this life a pleasure; and when hardships happen that are out of my control, I have a perspective that helps me continue with purpose. I think living this way is the best use of time in this life. If I were not a member of this church, I would want to live my life like this, anyway, but the blessings I receive from being a member are so many, that I am very grateful to be a member. The answers to questions so often asked about this life are given to us in Christ's gospel, Heavenly Father's "Plan of Salvation." It is comforting to know where we will be after death, why we are not spared hardships, why it is important to serve others, and how to make hard choices. These are all reasons I am a Mormon. Being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints helps me in every aspect of my life.

How I live my faith

I live my faith by being true to the commandments and heeding the advise of our prophets. I try to translate these into my everyday life. For example, keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a big part of my life. That is one big challenge in our world today, but my family doesn't play sports on Sunday, or do other things that detract from worship, serving others, and rest. Not going into debt is another tough one that I work to adhere to. I grow a garden, and have learned to really enjoy it mainly because a prophet instructed us to do so. Our prophet made a "Proclamation to the World" a few years ago, and I strive to live by all of the advice he gives in it. Regular scripture study is also a part of my life. It helps me to know what Christ taught while on earth, of ancient prophesies (many of which apply to today), and how people of the past lived their lives and the consequences of their choices. These things, and others, help guide my life. I've served in our church since being a young person. Positions I've held are: organist, pianist, congregation and adult choir director, children's teacher, youth teacher, children's organization president, counselors of different organizations, secretaries of different organizations, nursery leader, and children's choir director. I've given freely of my time to serve in each position, and because of this I have grown a lot. I serve in my community, right now mainly in the schools because I have children attending them. I'll be volunteering my time between middle school and high school this year. The culmination of how I live my faith will be translated into how I raise our children. With the help of my husband, my goal is to raise our children to be good, productive citizens. By providing for them a good home, all temporal necessities, and strong spiritual and emotional support, I hope they can go out on their own someday to make their own decisions in life, having had a strong foundation upon which to build.