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Hi I'm Gloria

I'm a mom, wife, sister, daughter and friend. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a 45 year old, stay-at-home Mom of 5 amazing children. I'm a wife, a fitness instructor, an avid reader and a tennis player. I have a lot of interests that keep me busy. I love to design and build houses. I am currently starting a new house with our recent move to Kentucky. I love to be in the outdoors. I love God's incredible creations. I grew up in Southern California, but have lived all over the world. I can never decide if my favorite place to be is relaxing on an undisturbed sandy beach, hiking to an alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada mountains, boating with my family on a mid-western lake, snow skiing on Mt. Fuji, or sightseeing in Europe. The world is full of so many beautiful and amazing things, I will never have time to see them all! But wherever we are or whatever we're doing, my absolute favorite thing is to be there with my family.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother converted to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints when I was a baby. Having grown up in another faith, she encouraged me to study all religions. As a child I attended "released-time" Catholic classes at school and Vacation Bible School at a neighborhood Protestant church. I also attended all my own church meetings and activities. In college, I decided to really study and pray and decide if this Church was Christ's church. I took some Institute classes and starting reading the scriptures and praying regularly. I got to know my Heavenly Father and appreciate my Savior Jesus Christ. When I knew for myself, I went on a mission for our church to Paraguay, South America for 18 months. As I taught and served others, my testimony grew of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and I have dedicated the rest of my life to it.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good person, and do what Jesus would want me to do. I try to uphold high standards and keep the commandments of God. I make lots of mistakes, but I am so glad that I can repent and try again through the atonement of Jesus Christ. I try to smile and be friendly to other people, because I know that each one of them is a child of God trying to do their best also. I think that being a Christian requires action. I want to demonstrate my Christian faith by doing whatever I can to share God's word through my daily lifestyle, not just my words. I find that most of our neighbors will approach us, after getting to know us awhile, and comment that they are surprised at how "normal" we are. I don't know what their previous image of a Mormon family was, but we must not be it!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

We believe that men and women are equal in importance, but different in responsibilities and roles. We are two parts of a whole. Women can bear and raise children, men provide and protect. This may seem old-fashioned, but it works! My husband is the President of a company, and I tell him that he is the President at work, and I am the President of my own little corporation at home. I support him in his challenging job, and he supports me in mine. I do believe that "the hand that rocks the cradle rules the world"! I am caring for, teaching and nurturing children who will go out in the world and fulfill their own great destinies. I feel a huge responsibility to prepare them for what they will face in the future and to make sure that they have the ability/tools to handle whatever challenges life brings them. I have the greatest and most challenging job in the world! Show more Show less

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

We don't worship Joseph Smith, we believe that God chose him to restore the full gospel and Priesthood of Jesus Christ. We are grateful that he responded to the call, even amidst great persecution and his eventual martyrdom. We believe he is a Prophet, like Moses or Abraham. All great for what they did to teach us about the only way to receive salvation, through our Savior Jesus Christ. Show more Show less