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Hi I'm Gabrielle

I have a degree in American history and I love genealogy. My favorite hobbies are reading, karate, and cooking. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town near Cleveland, Ohio. I was homeschooled from kindergarten all the way through high school. I attended community college and then transferred to a small liberal arts school in Iowa. While at school I met my future husband who was studying law at a nearby university. We've been married for two years now and have been blessed with a beautiful baby boy. I enjoy cooking and baking, and love coming up with new recipes to share with my family and friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I became Mormon almost 2 years ago. My parents were Methodists, but we attended church only occasionally when I was growing up, and by the time I was 12 we had stop attending at all. I am the third of four children, and as we got older we began to ponder the question of religion. We read our bibles together, prayed daily, and sought to know the truth of Christ's teachings. We began attending different local churches, but saw differences in what we were hearing at church and what we were reading in the scriptures. Each church we visited seemed to preach something different: a new interpretation of teachings from the bible, varying views on personal revelation, changing moral standards to be more socially acceptable. Eventually we decided that no church had it completely right. We continued reading our bibles and praying daily, but stopped attending church. Six years later, I met and started dating my future husband, and found out he was a Mormon. He invited me to attend church with him, and I accepted. That Sunday members were invited to get up and share their testimonies of the gospel. I listened as member after member stood in front of the congregation and testified of God's love, of their faith in Jesus Christ, of the truth of the scriptures, and their joy from being members of Christ's true church. I was touched by their sincerity, and felt a desire to learn more the teachings of the church. I began attending church every week, asking questions and learning more about the gospel. I began to feel in my heart that this WAS Christ's true church, but was afraid to be baptized, unsure of my family's reaction. Instead, I read the Book of Mormon from cover to cover, and then prayed to know if it and the Mormon church were true. As I prayed, I felt joy, and knew without doubt that at last I had found Christ's true church. I met with the missionaries that same night, and was baptized ten days later. It was the best decision I've ever made.

How I live my faith

I teach Sunday school to a class of 5-year-olds. I try to be a good example in my daily life by showing kindness to others, doing small things to help others whenever I can, and living the teachings of the gospel.