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Hi I'm Gail Adamson

I grew up in Utah, and I've lived in Detroit, Denver, Banbury England, and Phoenix. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mom and grandma. I graduated from Brigham Young University, majoring in sociology. I've been a legal secretary for energy explorations companies, and since have worked as an administrative assistant for the last 22 years. I'm actually past retirement age but I like working, which is a good thing since I am "alone" and was only able to begin saving for retirement after divorce. I was born "in the covenant," meaning my parents were faithful and fully vested at the time in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My parents and siblings remained true to the faith throughout their lives but I spent about 12 years as a young adult believing I was agnostic (so I had a 'cover' to excuse and continue my offending choices). As a result, I consider myself a convert to the church. The opportunity came to move back into my home town, after more than a decade away. I didn't need to work then, nor for a few more years, was an avid reader, and my Dad had a vast library. Going through his books, to see what might be of interest, I got hooked on several, then out of print, written by Sterling W. Sill, an LDS church writer. I was very taken by his message and started asking questions, which led to my conversion.

Why I am a Mormon

I am grateful I came back to the church in such a way that I experienced a core conversion. Being LDS at times is not easy but neither is life in general, nor should it be. (Which isn't to say that life cannot be happy.) I find great comfort in the gospel, peace sent my way from my Savior, and a loving Heavenly Father. I know without a doubt that He knows me and cares about me. I know that He has high expectations of me yet He is profoundly patient with me when I fall short. I have a testimony of Christ's atonement for each of us. For a lot of my adult years I thought the atonement was for 'sins' - they were for what Christ suffered. It it was with great relief and comfort that I came to understand (and wonder why I hadn't already realized because it wasn't for lack of hearing/reading it!) that Christ suffered for everything, every emotion and every experience. Only then did I discern that He KNOWS me and OWNS me. What comfort it is that I am fully understood and that He can compensate for any weakness I have. Part of the atonement is the acceptance of vulnerability. We ought not and cannot hide from nor deny the hard part. He suffered, not for any sin of His, but for obedience. It is an honor to do likewise, in small measure, to accept that life can be hard but there is purpose in it. I don't even need to know what that purpose is, when I am willing to accept His assuring peace.

How I live my faith

We may never fully understand all the things that happen in our lives but we can be sure, if we allow it, God will use even the worst situation for His glory and our weakness as His strength. The challenge is to find strength in Him instead of ourselves. The story of Joseph sold into Egypt, case in point. So what is the key? ObeDIEnce. Dying to our own will. Doing that, daily, keeps humility on the warming burner, enabling the fire of His Spirit to dwell in our lives. When I don't do that daily, that fire can turn to embers, and I miss it. Some of the things I do to help keep the fire stoked are: Pray often. Tell Him of my fears and failings and ask Him to help me do better and see Truth. Sometimes the truth can be very illusive, but He can and will confirm it. Read the scriptures. As I'm getting older, I have a harder time paying proper attention as I read. I do floor exercises while listening to them on tape. I play them on my phone everyday driving to work. Makes a nice start of the day. I stay abreast of the weekly Sunday School reading assignment, and usually I can repeat the set several times before Sunday roles around. I invent projects to help me learn and stay in tune. Such as making a list of every Holy Name in the scriptures for the Father and His Son. I've found 10 typed pages for Christ, so far! I pay a full tithe and other offerings, attend my church meetings, and try to fulfill acts of service in a way the Lord would be pleased.