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Hi I'm Gina

I'm a mother of four, I have three children with cystic fibrosis. I am a registered nurse and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was in nursing school and pregnant with my fourth child when my family's greatest blessing began to unfold. After the dust had settled my three youngest children had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis, a serious debilitating illness that causes the deterioration of nearly all the bodies systems. These diagnosis' have humbled me, helped me to accept service, recognize God's love for his children, strive to serve others, advocate for the needs of loved ones, dedicate myself to feeling the Spirit, and help those around me to also recognize the deep love our Father in Heaven has for His children. One of my hobbies is running. I ran in high school out of boredom and didn't run again until after the diagnosis. Now I run to clear my head. I run with girlfriends to refresh my soul. I run with my husband to build strength in our relationship. I run alone and count my blessings. I remember thinking how unfair my family's situation was. After years of coping, talking with loving church leaders and professional counsellors, taking time to get myself in shape physically and spiritually, serving others and allowing others to serve me and my family, I have grown to be thankful for God's love and mercies in allowing me to grow in such a complete way.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a loving family, with parents who taught me and my siblings the gospel. As an adult I continue to live a faith that encourages me to embrace my womanhood, grow intellectually, and rejoice in motherhood. My conversion has occurred gradually over the course of my life. I can't mark the moment I knew, but my faith today does not falter. I know my Father in Heaven loves me. I know his son Jesus Christ gave his life so that I can be reunited with Him after I die. I know that an angel appeared to a humble boy of 14 years and that that boy was Joseph Smith. I know that Joseph Smith is a prophet, that he was preordained to lead this dispensation, predestined to restore the Gospel to this earth. I know that ancient prophets engraved messages of counsel and hope intended for us in these days on brass plates. And I know that Joseph Smith was blessed with a miraculous gift of translation to bring forth that message found in the Book of Mormon. I know that prophets still speak to us today. That Men of God, including Thomas S. Monson receive inspiration for each of us. I know that these men want nothing more than to share God's love with each of us, to sit with us in Heaven after this life's journey is through.

How I live my faith

Each week my husband and I take our four children to church, where we renew our promises to our Father in Heaven. We promise to live as followers of Christ. We promise to always remember Him. We promise to keep his commandments. Our church is filled with people of all different types. The church wants each of us to become our best self, we are encouraged to help one another in that process. My husband and I both work in the scouting program, we have seven boys who are very different from each other. Each week we have the scouts over and the nine of us work on becoming better citizens. I also work with a group 12 and 13 year old girls. On Sunday's we study and discuss the gospel and ideals in order to help us become valiant, virtuous daughters of God. On Wednesday's we meet to provide a safe haven for these young women. We do things like have water balloon fights, scavenger hunts, teach cooking skills, share uplifting music, play sports, the list goes on and on. I also teach and visit other women in our church. Sometimes we just talk about things going on in our lives, sometimes we share advice with each other, sometimes we share uplifting messages from church leaders. My most important role in living my faith is helping others to know of God's deep love for each of us.