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Hi I'm Gail

I am a Mormon convert. Please visit me at creativecheapskate.blogspot.com where I share about families, home and provident living.

About Me

I was raised by good parents who taught honesty, morality, and love of country, but there was no religion in our home. They drove me to a local church when I wanted to go, but never went with me. I believed in a Heavenly Father and His Son Jesus but that is all I had--a belief. When I asked questions in the church I attended most the answers was basically "believe what you want" and that was not what I wanted. When I was in high school a boyfriend asked me to describe our Father in Heaven and His Son and I was sad and embarrassed to find that I couldn't. I started to attend different churches where my friends went. I found good in them but I didn't find what I was seeking. A couple of years later I was invited to attend a Mormon Church. I remembered when I was young I had two Mormon playmates and in high school there were a few Mormons I didn't know well but admired. I recalled being impressed with a speaker at our high school graduation, who I later learned was a Mormon Bishop. Even though these people had never talked to me about their Church, the feelings I always had when I was around them returned. I accepted the invitation to "check out" the church of my long ago friends and acquaintances. Even though my earlier life was good---finding and joining the Mormon Church has enhanced it a thousand-fold. It was the best thing I ever did!

Why I am a Mormon

When I agreed to have the missionaries teach me I told them that I just wanted to learn about their beliefs and I was adamant that they not try to set a baptism date for me. I was baptized before I completed the lessons. Everything the missionaries taught, and I learned on my own, pointed simply and clearly to the fullness of the truths that were found in the restored Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I found all the answers I had been seeking, plus truths that I hadn't even realized I was searching for. Nothing was a "mystery," everything fell into place. People. sometimes even members, try to make the Gospel more complicated and difficult than it is. Jesus said "Love One Another." He taught that we should treat others as we would like to be treated, and to be our brother's keeper. He promised in John 14:27, "Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." The Mormon religion is not a Sunday religion. It is a 24 hour per day, 7 days per week way of life. There is only good taught --- the explanation of "who we are, where we came from, and why we are here on earth," the reality of the Godhead, the necessity of daily prayer, moral purity, love, equality, kindness, modesty, and service. importance of the role of women, the sacredness of family, the companionship of husband and wife, the need for continual learning---both spiritual, educational, and practical. We are taught to discover and revere our ancestors, that we can all be linked for eternity. I know that I am a child of God, that I was with Him before I came to earth, and that He has sent me here to learn all that I must know and do to return to live with Him when my time here on earth is over. I know each of you are a child of God, also. He knows each and every one of us. We are all His children. He wants us to be the very best we can--and He is here to help us, if we will just ask.

How I live my faith

I know that I will never ever be able to repay my Heavenly Father and His Son for all they have done for me and my family. But, I still try as hard as can to do so. I try hard to be kind and considerate of others, no matter who they are or their walk of life. My husband Dave and I had the opportunity to teach in our correctional facility. We grew to love and trust the inmates we taught---good people who had made mistakes. We have had children stray, giving us the opportunity to expand our "horizons," on a very personal level. We have had to learn to accept the agency each of us has to choose our own path, no matter how much it hurts. We pray always. We were able to teach at a school in Kiribati--an atoll nation, and later to teach high school age special needs students. I currently serve as president of the Church's women's organization where we, as sisters in the Gospel, help meet the spiritual and temporal needs of one another other and those around us, through lessons that cover all aspects of life, helping us gain greater spirituality and increase our abilities in all areas. For years I have taught classes in churches and in the community, on practical homemaking skills, easy and inexpensive recipes, frugal living (how get by and make do on very little), children, how to find time for yourself, making homemade gifts, preparing for emergencies & more. Much of it things I had learned in our Church's women's classes. I have written weekly newspaper columns and monthly magazine columns as Simply, Gail, and self-published small books on these same topics. Heavenly Father has blessed me with many opportunities to learn, followed by many opportunities to share what I learn with others. Now, with all the extensive new media options, I have a blog covering these same areas, thecreativecheapskate.blogspot.com. in hopes of being able to reach out even further. I invite you to come visit me. My faith is strong but simple, my knowledge is simple. I am Simply, Gail

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Gail
Self-reliance is being able to take care of our, and our family's own needs as much as possible. This gives us personal freedom and self-respect. In our women's organization we teach temporal necessities, cooking, sewing, canning, etc., as well as spiritual. Whatever we can learn to do for ourselves means less reliance on others, saving money and increasing self-worth. If we learn to do simple gardening, even if just a window box or dishpan salad garden we are decreasing our on the market and eating healthier as we can control the insecticides and harmful substances that cause nation-wide recalls. The same with learning to make our own "convenience" foods, without all the preservatives and additives. Even if you never use your skills--having them is a safety-net for if the need ever does arise. A type of insurance against a need! We try not to live beyond our means, avoid debt, learn to repair rather than replace, and be frugal in all that we do. That doesn't mean we don't have fun or we necessarily do without, but hopefully we learn to make wise decisions and to be able to discern between needs and wants--allowing us to live within our income and the freedom that provides. We don't know when, what or where an emergency will strike, but if we have the basic necessities, we will be better able to survive. 72 hours is the average time it takes for help to restore even the basic services. We can survive w/o food but not water! One gallon per day per person minimum! Show more Show less

Can you tell me about Mormon customs: how you dress for church, what holidays you celebrate, etc.?

Gail
The Mormon Church services are not like most of the protestant churches I attended before my conversion. For our Sunday meetings which includes the main worship service, Sacrament Meeting, the Bishop does not wear a robe or shawl. Neither do members of the choir. Out of respect for our Father in Heaven and Jesus the congregation wears modest dresses or skirts, and the men wear slacks, neckties, and sports coats or suits. Children also typically wear "Sunday best." For weekday activities we wear modest casual clothes, unless it is a special "dress-up" occasion. Christmas and Easter are our most spiritually significant holidays. We focus on the Christ aspect of Christmas but enjoy the secular celebration also. Our Easter focus is on the resurrection of the Savior, as opposed to his crucifixion. "He is not here, but is risen..."Luke 24:6 Mormons are a social group. We celebrate national, state and regional holidays. If they fall on the Sabbath, we celebrate the day before or the day after because we follow the commandment to remember the Sabbath day to keep it Holy. Mormons are a fun-loving people, who are often misunderstood because we keep our "fun" and our activities within modest, moral and non-alcoholic boundaries. Some onlookers view this as narrow and restrictive. We view it as total and wonderful freedom within the bounds the Lord has set---without the necessity to use artificial and immoral or disrespectful means to entertain us. We get our "highs" from life. Show more Show less