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Hi I'm Gayla

I'm a people person who loves to travel and read. I'm an attorney who is passionate about protecting our freedoms. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My family means everything to me. I was single until my mid-40's, so for many years, my life centered around my parents, brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews and a wonderful group of friends who were practically family. Then I was blessed to meet and marry a wonderful man whose first wife had passed away from cancer, and now my family circle has extended to my husband's children and grandchildren, his brothers and sister, and on and on and on . . . I'm an attorney, and I believe the role of attorneys in society to protect freedoms and resolve disputes is critical. I was born in Texas and will always be a Texan, but I've lived all over the United States and traveled all over the world, and I've found something I love about every place I've been. I love sports, traveling, music and reading, and my tastes are very diverse in each of those areas. I'm always looking for a reason to get people together--Sunday dinner, a weekend trip, a sporting event or whatever--I don't need much of an excuse! I love to make desserts--my husband says he married me for my Italian Cream Cake!

Why I am a Mormon

My parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was one year old, so my earliest memories include attending church as a family, having my parents read the scriptures to me and my siblings and knowing that I had a Heavenly Father who loved me. My parents were constantly serving others, and I learned early on to enjoy the good feeling that comes from doing something for someone else. As I grew older and was encouraged by my parents to study and pray on my own, I gained my own testimony that Heavenly Father has a plan for His children, that our Savior atoned for our sins and suffered for our heartaches and that by keeping sacred covenants, I can return and live with them some day. I love the concept that I have a unique role to play here on this earth, and through the teachings of the gospel of Jesus Christ and the organization of the Church, I am able to define and fulfill that role as my life unfolds. The Church gives me opportunities to develop talents I didn't know I had and to use talents in ways I never would have thought of. I can't imagine being happy without my family, and the promise that we will be together eternally if we are true to the covenants we make motivates me to do everything in my power to live a Christlike life. While ultimately my testimony is based on the confirmation that comes from the Holy Ghost, there are many aspects of our doctrine that just make sense to me--that Heavenly Father continues to speak to us through living prophets; that the priesthood, or power to act on Heavenly Father's behalf here on earth, is a power that can only be bestowed by those having authority from Heavenly Father; that Heavenly Father has expectations for us and that He is able to bless us when we keep His commandments. I know that I am happiest when I live the teachings of the Church.

How I live my faith

I'm somewhat good at a lot of things and not exceptionally good at any one thing, so I find myself engaged in a wide range of activities as I try to live my faith through service. I'm a dedicated platelet donor--this takes no talent at all, just a willingness to be hooked up to a machine for a couple of hours and to let the Red Cross staff fuss over you. I love the feeling that my platelets (which my body so readily replaces) might actually help save someone's life. Easter Seals in our community has a day care program for adults with disabilities, and I go play the piano for them once a week. They're a non-critical audience, and the welcoming hugs I get are much better pay than my efforts at piano playing deserve. We have a Rescue Mission in our community, and I enjoy helping out there from time to time--serving meals, decorating for a holiday or taking them a batch of cupcakes. I was a practicing attorney for over 20 years, and now I am developing a mediation practice. As a mediator, I can focus on resolving disputes and preserving relationships. I donate many hours to a legal academic center that promotes religious freedom. I also actively participate in an organization for faith-based attorneys. I love mentoring young attorneys in both these settings. I play the piano for our church choir, and although they're slightly more critical than the Easter Seals audience, they're still pretty tolerant of my mistakes. I coordinate monthly activities for the women in our congregation. We have a range of activities including service projects, learning about different topics such as gardening or history or just playing games. I also work with the leader of our women's organization to try to make sure all the women in our congregation are being visited and cared for regularly. In that regard, I have the responsibility to personally visit and care for several women in our congregation. The main idea for all of these activities is to love and strengthen one another.