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Hi I'm Gail

I'm a mom, wife, and grandmother. I work as a certified substitute teacher, and I co-own a preservation business. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love being a grandma...its the best! You get all the hugs and cuddles...some of the tantrums...but the love is unconditional. I've had the opportunity to live in both the USA and Australia (where I taught school)...in fact, I met my husband while in Oz. When my own children were young, I was a stay at home mom. As they reached school age, I started teaching again. Moves to different areas brought different employment. I've worked with developmentally disabled adults, and worked in an office environment. Now the circle has returned me to teaching. I also have a business doing floral and bridal gown preservation. It helps bring me out of my "shyness" shell and lets me meet people I wouldn't otherwise have met. It's fun to hear their stories and share their joy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon family. My parents took us to church weekly, and fully participated in all the programs. It has always felt "right" to me, and I have never strayed. My grandparents were all converts to the LDS faith from Lutheren or Catholic roots. They lived in different parts of Germany when they were introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Their stories are absolutely amazing, yet humbling at the same time. They talk of persecution and rejection...sometimes from friends, sometimes from family...even the government. Yet, once they realized how the Gospel could change not only their lives, but the lives of future generations, they understood why it was so important to join the church...so they could be eternal families. My father's parents talked of miracles that occured because of their faithfulness, one of which spared the life of my father. My mother's family has stories of attending church privately in order to continue to worship during war times, and of protecting missionaries from the government in order to spare their lives.

How I live my faith

I currently serve as the secretary in our ward's "Primary" program, which serves the children age 18 months through 12 years. This program doesn't remove the children from their parents during our general worship service (called "Sacrament Meeting"), but rather teaches them the Gospel through song, stories, and lessons during instructional periods. It is a privilege and a blessing to work with God's children, and to watch them grow in spirituality and knowledge. I also visit several sisters in our area on a monthly basis. We do this to not only share a short gospel message, but to check on the sister and their family. We assess their needs both physically and spiritually, and help where needed. I have also worked in our women's auxiliary, known as "Relief Society". Sometimes I have taught, sometimes I have led...on both a local and regional level. Our local church leaders, known as the "Bishopric", prayerfully decide where members of the church should serve, and extend "callings" to the members to do this service. This allows for changes and variety. There is always somewhere to serve in our church, and members are given many opportunities to enrich their lives through serving. We serve in our church without monitary payment. We do it out of love. I also enjoy attending the Temple, which is a benefit provided by the Church to enable us to progress to higher levels of spirituality. The Temple also allows us to be sealed together as families not only for time, but for all eternity. We believe that those who passed on before us can still learn of the Gospel and choose to "join" the church in the hereafter and obtain the same blessings that we gain while in mortality. However, some of these blessings must be physically done for our ancestors by mortals acting as proxies in the Temple. It is a blessing and a privilege to assist in this proxy work, as it means that our family tree becomes an eternal one!

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Gail
I am certainly grateful for the role that Joseph Smith played in returning the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the earth. He is truly a Prophet of God. But we do not worship him. We wordish God, the Eternal Father, and his Son, Jesus Christ. We do not pray to Joseph Smith. We do not call on him for blessings or help. If I see him in the hereafter, I will not bow down to him, but would probably embrace him and thank him for following God's plan in order to allow me to become a follower myself. Show more Show less