Hi I'm Grayson, and I am a Mormon.
I'm also a wife, a mother and a business analyst for MasterCard. I love my Savior, Jesus Christ. He lives!
I am mother to a grown son, a U.S. Navy nuke, and a young pitbull, named Dexter the Destroyer Dawg. My husband and I married after being friends for 7 years in the singles program at church, and I am eternally grateful for such a loving companion. I am the only member of the Church in my extended family. I'm a native Texan, and wouldn't want to live anywhere else except Texas - the best state in the best country in the world! I'm an avid, self-taught quilter and love researching my family history. Through the help of FamilySearch.org, I have traced my two main lines back to the 1700s. I've worked in the Banking and Transaction Processing industries for over 30 years in business analysis, project management and product management, and currently work for MasterCard as a business analyst..
Why I am a Mormon
During a period of personal crisis, I realized I needed to find a God, who was big enough to help me handle my problems. For 3 months, I tried various churches - Non-denominational, Independent Baptist, First Baptist, Church of Christ, Bible Church, etc. However, none of them had the feeling I was seeking. I wasn't able to describe that feeling, but knew I would know it when I felt it. A friend, who lived in a different state, knew I was searching, and explained that he was LDS, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I'd never heard of the church, but made plans to attend the next Sunday. The feeling I had that Sunday as I entered the chapel could only be described as "home". I felt warmth, love and peace. I asked the missionaries to teach me about the doctrine of the church. After teaching each principle of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, they told me not to believe what they said, but rather, I should pray to Heavenly Father, in the name of Jesus Christ, to know if what I had been taught was true. As I knelt and prayed, I had a calmness wash over me, a knowing in my mind and my heart that I had been taught Truth. I had already changed my life before coming to the Church. I had quit drinking alcohol and smoking cigarettes 3 years prior to visiting the church. And, I had determined that I didn't like the effect of coffee and caffeine on my mind and body. I had already made amends to the people in my life I felt I had harmed, and had forgiven those who I felt had harmed me. As I was baptized by a member of the Priesthood on December 27, 1997, for the first time ever, I felt washed clean of sin. I felt like a new person. I was reborn as a disciple of Jesus Christ. Thoughout the years, I have continued to grow in testimony and faith in Christ. My Savior has sent His Holy Spirit to guide and comfort me through my trials. Studying the scriptures, I draw closer to Jesus Christ. I love my Heavenly Father and his Son, Jesus Christ!
How I live my faith
I live my faith by serving family and friends, being honest in my dealings with my fellow men and women, and trying to be a good example as a disciple of Jesus Christ at home and at work. I share my talents and skills with those around me. Each month, I invite my nieces to spend the night and learn to sew and quilt. These preteen girls love learning how to create their own fashionable projects! While they sew, I share my bits of wisdom about modesty, dating, honoring fathers and mothers and learning from our mistakes. We talk about the Savior and praying for help when life gets rough. I also share my skills through mentoring returned military personnel wanting to seek jobs in the corporate world through a group called ACP Mentoring, and I offer career mentoring at work and to those at church.