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Hi I'm Gloria

I have recently returned from living 1 1/2 years in Romania where my husband and I served a humanitarian mission. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother and now grandmother of 14. My husband and I recently returned from serving a humanitarian mission for the Church in Romania. We traveled all over Romania working through non-governmental organizations providing goods and services to the very needy. We love the people of Romania and this service opportunity and feel our lives will never be the same. In the summer before our mission we spent 2 months traveling 13,000 miles touring our gorgeous country of America. Now that we are home from "our travels" we are enjoying our retired lifestyle by spending time with our grandchildren, camping, boating, and staying physically active.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a Mormon because I was taught the precepts of the gospel from a young age by my parents, who were also Mormon. As a teenager, I enjoyed the standards and social network being a member provided. I was taught that as I entered adulthood, I could not continue to rely on my parent's convictions and that my 'conversion' had to be a personal one. In the summer before entering college, I read the Book of Mormon. On a summer day, I took the time to climb a mountain and find a place where I could really 'talk' to my Heavenly Father in prayer. That day was a turning point in my life as I began to develop a testimony that has been unwavering throughout my life. I have continued to study and read and pray and keep the standards that have brought me joy. I have had challenges that were met firmly and my faith has carried me through. In the prime of my life, when our children were young, my husband, the love of my life, died of a brain tumor. I raised my children alone, but relied on the help of my enduring faith, the gospel, and the many good friends and leaders of the Church. I cannot imagine my life without the Church and the joy being a Mormon has brought. Now that I have remarried, I continue to enjoy the blessings of the companionship of a good man who also has great faith. Together we have served a mission and go hand in hand to our meetings on Sunday.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon has taught me how to serve. I have always worked with the youth in the Church. For many years I helped to organize 'Girls Camp' where girls ages 12-18 would spend a week in the mountains learning skills and gaining testimonies that would carry them though life. For four years I taught an early morning 'seminary' class to teenagers. This experience taught me to love teenagers and to love the scriptures. Every year was a different course of study...Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, and Church History. Although seminary started at 6am, I learned to love mornings and the boost I would get by watching the sun rise! Because of my love for the youth, I applied for and was appointed by mayor of Spokane to the Chase Youth Commission. I served in that capacity for 3 years. I try to live my faith every day by being a good example to my children and grandchildren. I dress modestly, I don't swear, I laugh a lot, I enjoy life, I have many friends...in the Church and in the community.