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Hi I'm Gladys

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was the 11th of 12 children born to hard working, loving parents and a very busy household. My dream as a child was to win the lead role of Maria in The Sound of Music and I often hiked up foot hills for the purpose of running and leaping over sagebrush while singing, "The Hills are Alive with the Sound of Music." I spent countless hours in dance classes while growing up, practicing the piano and violin, singing in choirs, performing in recitals, musicals, and orchestras. I was never chosen to play the part of Maria on a stage, but in real life I became like her by becoming a wife and mother. I have five adult children and five grandchildren. I have a bachelors degree in Music Performance with emphasis on violin, K-12 Instrumental Music Education Certificate and after my children were grown, I returned to school to obtain a master's degree in Music Performance. I love the performing arts but I love my family, my husband and my children more than anything. My life is rich with opportunities and experiences. When I'm not playing in the local symphony, visiting children, grandchildren and teaching music lessons, I can be found working in a very large and productive garden. While my hands are busy nurturing plants, my mind has time to ponder on the careful nurturing my parents blessed me with and the great love of The Lord with His careful nurturing of his children.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents lovingly taught me the Gospel of Christ by faithfully attending the LDS church every week. As a child, I witnessed miracles and blessings due to the diligence of striving to keep God's commandments and due to our family prayers. My mother shared her deepest love of The Savior through her singing of the hymns throughout each day. The feeling of her songs are a powerful memory, but the love of The Savior she shared is more than just a memory. It lives on in me because it is a real. I have no doubt that Jesus Christ did live and die for all the world and that he does now live and that he will return again to this earth as the scriptures promise. Joseph Smith, a humble farm boy, did see a vision of The Father and The Son. Through the miracle of angels and through revelation, The Book of Mormon was brought forth as a second witness of Christ and his church was re-established on the earth with power and authority. I believe this with all my heart. Knowing there is a modern day prophet guiding his church on the earth today gives me great comfort in the midst of a a world of confusion.

How I live my faith

In the community I enjoy teaching children music and helping them gain confidence in their abilities and potential. I play the violin in our local symphony and feel that the inspired music of great musicians of the past is something of hard work and a miracle. It is a gift for us today and often a healing balm after a busy or troubling day. I like to give away produce from the garden and we always grow a lot of corn for giving away. Our strawberry patch is magic and our bean patch as well. That is what happens when we share. On Sunday mornings I help other's worship through music by playing the organ. Our meeting house has a beautiful pipe organ and it is a great adventure and privilege for me. As I finish playing the postlude music, I get right away to the best thing in all the world. My husband and I teach the 7 and 8 yr old children as team teachers. We take turns giving the lesson and our love for them grows as we feel God's love for them. They are smart and they are sweet. They are real thinkers and we always emphasize to them to find out truths for themselves by learning to read the scriptures and by learning to study and pray. My faith is part of what I do every day. All things good and beautiful, music and dance, tomatoes and carrots and children training their minds and their fingers to do great things, all testify of God's love for us.