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Hi I'm Dottie Gentry

I'm a Wife, Mom, Grandma, Rancher, Nebraska Cornhusker Fan (Go Big Red!) and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a Christian home. My family always went to church. We would investigate churches until my parents found one they believed taught true doctrine. Then our family would all join, be baptized and attend. We studied scriptures diligently. The bible I used as a youth I still have and cherish but is quite tattered and torn from frequent use. Although I was raised in a large city, I spent most of my life in the Sandhills of Nebraska as a Ranch wife. I love being outdoors and working with livestock. As a youth, I was very active in 4-H. I passed that love of 4-H onto my children and now have grandchildren very active in it. All of my life, I have loved singing. My husband and I met in a small theater group where we sang duets in between acts of the melodrama that was being performed. I loved singing gospel songs for church and for special occasions. My biggest love is my family! I love my husband, children and grandchildren. I love watching them grow and become the best they can be. Families can be together forever! Recently our middle son took his life. It was such a tragic event! Without Christ in my life I don't know how I would have gotten through it. I know we will be together again. I know he is at peace. And, I know he is okay. The scriptures teach us that. Life is good! Sure there are bumps, but with Jesus as my Savior, I can feel his love and comfort and He helps me become who He knows I can be!

Why I am a Mormon

Several years ago, my husband and I were searching for a church. We needed more in our spiritual life, so we started searching. Living 97 miles from town made that kind of difficult, but we would leave home on Sunday around 6:30 a.m. and drive 97 miles to attend different churches. I wouldn't attend the Mormon church, as I was not familiar with it's doctrines and thought it was too different for me. We did this for 6 months (and it was winter)!!! My husband was consulting with a Doctor in southern Colorado on his cattle herd and made frequent trips to his ranch. In June that year he asked me to go with him. We were invited out to dinner with the Dr.'s daughter and husband on a Saturday night. We had our church clothes with us, but I told my husband that we were not attending with them as I knew they were LDS. During supper we just fell in love with that couple. They were so friendly and easy to get to know. At the end of supper the husband asked us to attend church with them the following day. And, my husband said yes!! I couldn't believe it, but I went along with him and we attended church with them. We were looking for a church with youth and one that you could feel the spirit in. We walked into that chapel and there were youth everywhere. The spirit was so strong and it was all we could do to keep back the tears. During that summer this family fellowshipped us, loved us, included us in everything they did and prayed with us. We knew by August that we had found the church with the true doctrine of Christ. We were taught by Sister Missionaries brought down to the Sandhills from Rapid City, SD. Eleven months later my parents joined the church and eventually my husband's parents joined also. We currently have 4 generations attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I know my Savior lives and that He truly knows and loves me!

How I live my faith

I live my faith daily! I can't even imagine what our life would be without having a deep faith in Jesus Christ and our Heavenly Father. My husband and I have daily scripture study and prayers. I am currently the Gospel Doctrine or Sunday School teacher for the adults. I have been president of the women's organization 3 times and taught the youth attending camps with them in the mountains of Colorado. My home is filled with art and sayings that constantly remind me that Christ loves us and is aware of us. Sure there are days when things don't go as we would like. That is the beauty of the scriptures. The Book of Mormon was written for our day. It gives me hope and strength. I believe that we do have a purpose. Why would we come to earth, gain families, and relationships that would not be eternal? The things closest to us here we will be able to have forever only coupled with eternal glory! I have faith as I look out the window of my office and see the beauty of the earth - wild turkeys, antelope, deer, rabbits, horses, cattle and whatever else happens to wander by. I have faith as we grow a garden and watch it grow from little seeds that we plant having faith they will produce. I have faith as I watch a newborn baby come into our family knowing it will be loved not only here on this earth, but eternally. I have faith that with each day we are given we need to listen to the promptings of the Holy Ghost to help those in need or be there for a friend - He will guide us and direct us if we just listen! It may be only a small prompting or sometimes a very loud one, but we need to listen and follow through with it. I Am A Child Of God - and so are you! He loves us - He knows us individually - He will always be there for us - He is always the same (He never changes). He is not only my Savior, but He is yours also. He lives!

What do Mormons believe about the Bible? Do they regard it as Holy Scripture and the word of God?

Dottie Gentry
There are so many answers to our questions in the Bible. But, we so often overlook them. The Book of Mormon is written for our day and answers in ways we understand. I love reading the Bible. I love the many stories that are in the Bible. The Bible is the Word of God and so is the Book of Mormon. Together they tell us what we need to do today to follow our path to return to live with our Heavenly Father for eternity. Show more Show less