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Hi I'm Ardel Gienger

I grew up on a small farm where I "lived" on my horses. I loved them and rode anytime I could, which was most of the time.

About Me

When I got married I gave up country life for city life and my horses for 6 wonderful children. I am so grateful to have them in my life. I also now have 15 grandchildren who I love dearly. Nothing is better than being a grandma! If there is word to describe my life it would be blessed. I still dream of the day when I will go back to owning and riding my own horse but right now as my husband says " that is an expensive pet." I love helping others. I did daycare for many years and had many children in my home. They gave me so much joy and kept me young. I had to give that up a few years ago for health reasons but I still know where some of those children are and they have gone on to have wonderful lives knowiing that their daycare mom loved them. I love animals. I am so much like my Grandma. She always had bird feeders and loved to watch the birds that would come to her property. Yes, I have a bird feeder! I have little birds that I have given names to that have their own personalities. Yes, I guess I need to get a life! But nature is such a part of who I am. My Dad would take me on walks through the woods and point out animals hiding by the bushes and in the grass. One day I brought home a baby fawn who's mother had been killed on the highway. I raised that baby with a bottle and taught him to nurse on the cow as he got older. He followed us everywhere. At the end of that summer we gave him to a deer ranch that was a tourist attraction. It was awesome.

Why I am a Mormon

I love this Church and this Gospel. I grew up reading the Bible. It is very important to me. And the scriptures we have from the people that were on this continent during those same times testifies to me that God takes care of all of His children. We are all important to Him. I am so grateful for our Savior Jesus Christ. He is my personal Savior and I owe him everything. As I have grown into this Church I have seen wonderful things happen to me. I am so happy and so focused on how to live and love so that as I move on to the next life, Heaven, I will be able to be with my family for eternity. It is wonderful being with them here on Earth so how much better will it be to be with them forever! I love my Heavenly Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. And the importance of the Holy Ghost in my life can't be left out. He whispers to me the things I need to do, sometimes say, and cautions me about some things. It is sometimes a feeling I have come to trust or sometimes it is a little nudge in the right direction. Sometimes it is a little bit more powerful and I know that it shouldn't be ignored. The more I have listened to Him the more I have learned to recognize and know His voice. The Holy Ghost testifies to us of Jesus Christ and lets us know of the things the Father wants us to know. There is just a wonderful feeling in this Church knowing that you are a Child of God, knowing why we are here and where we are going. It is like a road map only for life. It is good to have a goal and a spiritual goal is pretty important. My spiritual goal is to be able to hug my Savior at the end of this life and to hear Him tell me "well done." I know that He is my friend and I long to be as good a friend to Him as He is to me. He is my advocate to the Father. Jesus Christ was willing to take upon himself all of my sins, my transgression, my sorrows..All of it. He prayed for me. He laughs with me, He crys with me and for me. How can you beat that?

How I live my faith

At this point in my life I am working with the women of the Church. I help organize monthly visits to the women in our congregation. As women, we all know how important it is to be needed and also loved and cared for. We as women in the Church take responsibility to be there for a few other women. We are assigned to and be responsible for taking care to make sure any needs are met, that the women are fed spirtually, and that they know that they have someone to help them and their families in times of need and that they are loved as sisters. We strive to become good friends so that it becomes second nature to each of us, both the visited and the visitor