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Hi I'm Ginny

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I'm not wrangling the herd (ages 5 and 2), I'm writing pregnancy and parenting articles for national publication. I consider myself a loyal friend, a supportive wife and a passionate parent.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom and dad became converted to the Mormon Church as young adults, and so did I. Although I was born into the faith and grew up attending Church meetings regularly, I didn't have a strong knowledge of its truthfulness for some time. I suppose this was largely due to a lack of effort. School came easily for me—I could breeze through without studying or even showing up to class—and I thought religious learning should come the same way. It doesn't. Those who do not seek do not find, and so I coasted through Church lessons and activities without becoming truly converted. My approach changed when I was 19. As a freshman at Brigham Young University, I was far from family and—for the first time—surrounded by fellow members of the Mormon faith. I experienced spiritual "growing pains" as I struggled with doubt and yearned to learn the truth for myself. I took my mother's frequent advice and turned to concentrated scripture study and prayer to find answers. I learned patience as I persevered through days and weeks of study and waited for God to appear. And with gentle but undeniable affirmation, God did come to me. The anxiety of doubt was replaced by calm reassurance. I was changed. I remember crying tears of gratitude and asking God to help me hold onto the feelings I had, so that I could share my faith with my future children. Today, although I still have plenty of growing to do, I have crossed the hurdle of doubt. I know the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is Christ's true church. I have learned that Christ's gospel is not theory, superstition or fantasy; it is tangible, and it contains the power to literally transform us. The gospel provides an integral foundation for my young family. It reminds me to be optimistic, and it acts as an anchor during hard times. I am unceasingly grateful for the way it has shaped my life.

How I live my faith

I think of myself as an East Coast girl. I was born in Charlottesville, Virginia and raised in the East, attending high school in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. I was accustomed to being the only member of the Mormon Church at work and among friends, and I can positively attest that there are wonderful people among all faiths. Then, two years ago, my husband took a job in Salt Lake City. It was a major cultural—as well as geographic—change for us. Our new community is filled with Mormon friends living much the same way we are. It's the kind of neighborhood where you have a hard day, and six people volunteer to take your kids for a few hours so you can have a break. Someone gets sick, and families are lining up to donate meals. It's a little unreal but so inspiring. In my local ward, I have just accepted a new calling. I'll be helping out in the Young Women's organization (girls ages 12-18), organizing and conducting activities that promote health and positive self-image.

What do Mormons believe is the purpose of life?

This is my 5-year-old's favorite question: "Mom, why did we come here to Earth?" The gospel supplies my answer: "We came here to get a body and to be part of a family. We're also here to learn to choose right from wrong. We will have challenges and trials here on Earth that can help us to grow stronger. We will become more like our Heavenly Father as we learn and grow." Show more Show less