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Hi I'm Ginny

I'm a wife, a mother, an Alabama Crimson Tide fan, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a runner, an entertainer, and... I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I've been a stay-at-home mom now for about a year. I retired from a law firm where I worked as a legal secretary, then as my children got older I began another career, substitute teaching in their schools. I often joked they moved on but I stayed in elementary school! I loved the interaction with children and making a difference in their lives while working at the schools. I enjoy working with others and volunteering. I have been a volunteer with Hospice and have taught English as a second language. I enjoy making crafts (glass necklaces right now) in my spare time and sharing them with my friends. I really like having luncheons at my home to get to know other women better. Baking is a treat for me though for the past few months I've not done so much! Now that we live in Colorado, my husband and I are back into more physical exercise such as hiking and biking. I completely enjoy my morning running of about four miles four or five times a week. The mountains are my daily "cup of Joe"! They are a true constant reminder to me of our Heavenly Father's creations and love for us. About a year ago I ran my first race, a 10K. That was an item I got to check off of my "bucket" list! My son is serving a mission in Madagascar and my daughter is anxious about her last year of high school. My husband and I are gearing up to become "empty nesters"! He's a private pilot and from time to time we enjoy a flight around the area sightseeing. From this birdseye view, our world is so magnificent!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints because before I even read the Book of Mormon I had a testimony that God answers prayers. My husband (an inactive member of the churh at the time) and I were married very young. He was in the USAF and we were stationed in Altus, OK. I was raised as a non-active Southern Baptist. When my mom stopped making us attend church about the beginning of high school my sister and I stopped attending. There was no more outward mention of Heavenly Father in my life for the next several years. I had a testimony of God, but no action on that testimony. One day while driving home from the commissary (while in Altus) my heart was heavy with thoughts about my marriage and my life and direction. As I drove into our neighborhood I remember distinctly praying in my heart to Heavenly Father to help me know what to do. I thought about my husband's church and that might be the right direction. As I turned onto our street and got closer to our home, there was an immediate answer to my prayer. The missionaries were tracting on our street and as I was unloading my groceries they offered to help me. I spoke with them and could hardly believe it! We scheduled an appointment later when my husband was home. I read the Book of Mormon passages the missionaries assigned and enjoyed the lessons and discussions they gave. I was excited about my baptism and remember the very vivid feeling of the Holy Ghost upon my confirmation as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. This took place in a small ward in Altus, OK in 1981. Once I read and studied the Book of Mormon, praying before each reading, my eyes were opened and my heart became anew. I referred to that time as "my new eyes". I felt as though I was seeing things in a new and fresh perspective. I believe my life has changed for the better since that time...I am a better person, I know who I am and I know why I am here. I stumble but know how to get back up!

How I live my faith

I have daily personal prayer and personal scripture study to strengthen my testimony. As a family we read the scriptures together and have family prayer. We go to church together and make time for one another as we believe families are forever. Since I have been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I have served in the church in many capacities. My first calling was to work with my husband with the nine and 10 year old boys and girls. We taught them Sunday School lessons and had little outings with them. Later I worked in the library and made a lot of fun with that job as I would offer items to people as they walked by especially when it was slow in there! I've worked in the women's organization, and in the chidren's organization and am currently working with the young women of the church. These are girls from the ages of 12-17 or 18. (When they graduate high school they advance to the women's organization.) My work in the church has had me attending organizational meetings on a weekly or monthly basis. In these meetings we train others to be good, effeicient, loving leaders/teachers or we are taught to become such. We teach one another to serve as the Lord would have us to serve, that we may always become better sisters to one another and that we may love our fellow beings as Christ was our exemplar. Along with these "callings" in church I have also been assigned as a visiting teacher to many sisters over the course of my membership. A visiting teacher is as it sounds. I and a companion take a monthly message along with our friendship into the homes of our sisters and tend to their emotional, spiritual and physical needs. I love visiting teaching! For me, it has blessed me in many ways, such as close and long-lasting friendships. It has also gotten me out of my comfort zone to interact with sisters I may not have otherwise. As a member of this church I am encouraged continually (thru scriptures, lessons and examples) to be a better me!

What do Mormons believe about the nature of God?

Ginny
The nature of God is good and merciful! He knows each one of us and loves each of us and wants us to return to him. We know this because He has left so many things for us here on earth (our temporary home) to direct us back to Him. God wants us to be happy and to come to know him that we might recognize His hand in all things. We are created in His image, though we are mortal and He is immortal and perfected. I know this because while gaining my testimony I had my own questions and found my answers as I studied and read the scriptures including the Book of Mormon. We are everything to Him and He should be everything to us. I love my Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ who has atoned (paid the price) for our sins. What extraordinary gifts we have received and have yet to receive from our Father. Show more Show less