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Hi I'm Gretchen

I was born in Illinois, grew up in California and joined the church during my University years. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have five children and almost 15 grandchildren. I am always enthralled by those first words and steps, I think children are such a precious gift from God. I am passionate about playing the piano. I like to write stories and perform puppet shows for my grandchilren's birthdays, family reunions and other occasions. I have enjoyed staying at home to raise my children and encouraging them in their pursuits. You can usually find me signed up for a class to learn something new. This past year, I have become immersed in Genealogical research. As a result...I am now making Sandbakelser, Aebelskivers and other Nordic delights. I have lived in Asia and Europe, with my family, and have met so many wonderful people along the way.

Why I am a Mormon

I began a serious study of the Bible in my teens, while I was busy playing the piano and organ for my church. As I read the New Testament, I gained a desire to be baptized as Christ was. A Book of Mormon had been given to my older brother years earlier. My mother gave it to me and I devoured it. I found the answers I had been looking for. My minister had advised that I didn't really need baptism. I found myself with page after page of entries from the Book of Mormon, outlining the reason for being baptized and by what authority. I then sought out the missionaries when I arrived at my university in another state. I rejoiced in the story of the Restoraion of the Gospel through the Prophet Joseph Smith and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints three years later. I am so touched by the testimony of Christ contained in the Book of Mormon. After 38 years I still continue to receive the witness of the Holy Ghost as I read and study. I find peace in my life through scripture study.

How I live my faith

I have always actively worked in the church in many capacites but mostly as a church musician. I love being involved with my community in the way of service at my children's schools. I have run Halloween Carnivals, Bake Sales and Ice Cream Socials to raise money for the schools. Living in a remote village in Scotland with a population of about 800, I had the opportunity to see how fearful people could actually be of Mormons. I got involved with the local Baptist mid-week Bible Study group and sewed costumes for the village gala days. The women of the village came to my house to learn counted-cross stitch and we held Halloween, Valentine and other parties. One Baptist friend came to church with me to teach my church women some of her favorite crafts. As I picked her up at her home, I noticed her husband gripping her hand tightly and again I felt her fear of Mormons. When we arrived at the church building, I watched the tears form in her eyes when she looked up at the picture of the Savior on the wall, she gave a sigh and her body relaxed and then we had a wonderful evening of fellowship. The Scots love to play practical jokes and so they put rocks in the hubcaps of my car during the meeting. As we drove home I was mortified at the noise my car was making....my Scottish friend burst into laughter and explained the joke. We laughed all the way home. I wouldn't trade my life in my church for anything and I have gained so many friends outside of my faith that are a treasure to me.