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Hi I'm Gloria

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a grandmother, retired from bookkeeping and divorced along the way. I am an avid walker and I like to read a variety of literature but especially enjoy scripture study and research in secular topics. I have three sons. Two of my sons are deceased. My youngest son has a son. Presently we three live in a house my son and I built which I am helping him raise his son, my only biological grandson. I do have step children, grandchildren and great grandchildren whom I love deeply as though they are my own. We all have our free agency to choose which path to follow and my chosen path was sometimes rocky. I was invited to attend the Mormon Church at age fifteen. I was baptized at age seventeen. I did feel the Spirit at that time and was convinced it was the right thing to do. After attending the LDS Business College, I soon joined the working girl scene. A few years later I stopped attending church. I decided it was more fun to party. I never forgot the basic teachings I learned when active in the Mormon Church. Those gospel principles helped carry me through the death of my two sons even though I was inactive at the time. While married to my last husband, I lost one son who was killed by a drunk driver in an auto accident. My second son died as a result of drugs and alcohol. My third son, victim of a robbery turned murder was stabbed 22 times. He and his son and I live together and I have the joy of caring for my grandson.

Why I am a Mormon

I'm finally on the right path. I am active again with the help and support of my church sisters who, through my absence, never let me down. They were always there for me---inviting me to their social events and guiding me back to church with their love, friendship and support. I have learned through my study of the gospel my role in Heavenly Father's plan. I am aware of my heritage as some of my ancestors joined the Mormon Church and were baptized in Michigan in the 1840's and later moved to Nauvoo, Illinois, only to have their home burned by the mobs that were persecuting members of the Mormon Church and driving them out of Illinois. My ancestors then joined other Saints for the trek west. They wintered in Council Bluffs and were the second group to leave in June 1847. After crossing the plains under such heart rendering conditions, they arrived in the Salt Lake Valley September September 28, 1847. My ancestors helped settle Utah and Idaho. My maternal grandfather, a child of a polygamist marriage, left the church. Most of his posterity also apostatized, from this I surely did learn that to endure and be faithful is more eternally rewarding than to take the path less leading away from our Savior and His teachings.

How I live my faith

I look forward each week to sacrament meeting and to partake of the sacrament. This gives me the opportunity to renew the covenants I made at baptism, to remember the Lord and keep his commandments. I am fulfilled as I learn about the gospel of Jesus Christ from teachers who inspire me to read and study the scriptures daily. This study has increased my faith and helped me gain a greater testimony of Jesus Christ and of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I pray that through the Holy Ghost I will have the ability to make correct choices and that I will be strengthened so that I will be able to serve others. I attend the Seattle Temple in my area as often as I can to feed and strengthen my spiritual hunger. I have made many mistakes in my life and I hope you will see after reading my profile that it is possible to make changes in one's life. We all at times need a friend to help us get back on track so that we can feel the embrace of our Heavenly Father and feel his comforting Spirit. I testify that throughout my life I have always felt the Spirit and that it was always with me. He might have waited outside a place I wasn't supposed to be but the Spirit was there and never gave up on me. I know we all are God's children, I know we are forgiven our sins if we repent with a contrite heart. We need to live our lives and be spiritually connected so we will not be led astray and if led, return and thus receive joyous blessings from our Lord Jesus Christ.