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Hi I'm GretylAnn

I'm a mother of six. My youngest child has a congenital heart defect. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Although I am a college graduate and have a credential for teaching elementary school, right now I am a full time mother of six children ranging from teens to toddlers. I love being a mother, supporting my children in their many activities, and taking pictures which become part of a scrapbook treasury of family memories. I love music and dance. I also like to read. A little over two years ago I became a "heart mom," meaning I have a child who was born with congenital heart disease--specifically, hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). My child has had two open heart surgeries--one at 2 weeks old and one at 5 months, and we know he will require at least one more in a year or two so that his body can continue to function with only "half a heart." I am also very happily married to my husband of 17+ years.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born a Mormon, I have had many opportunities to learn for myself about the gospel of Jesus Christ and test its meaning in my own life. As a youth I studied, questioned, and prayed to know whether or not the things I had been taught were in fact true. When I was 16 years old, I had the opportunity to visit the Sacred Grove in Palmyra, New York. It is called the Sacred Grove because it is the place where the 14-year-old Joseph Smith prayed aloud and then was visited by God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. While there, I felt an undeniable witness that the account of that vision is true. On the same trip I visited historic sites in Nauvoo and Carthage Illinois. My testimony of Joseph Smith as a Prophet of God grew and strengthened as I learned about him in the place he last lived and ultimately gave his life as a martyr for his faith. I read all of the books of scripture (Old and New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, and Pearl of Great Price) as well as other books by Church leaders such as Jesus the Christ, and my understanding and faith grew even more. I have always lived according to the things I have been taught, but it wasn't until my last son was born that I knew for sure that my faith was truly an anchor to my soul amidst any difficulty. Although it was difficult to see my baby suffering and I was not sure whether or not he would live, I felt a tangible and sustaining influence throughout the experience that I know was the love of my Heavenly Father, the grace of my Savior, and the comfort of the Holy Ghost working in and through me. I know my son's life was preserved through the power of a priesthood blessing until we could get him the medical care he needed, and I know that faith and prayers preserved his life once again when the surgeon could not stop the bleeding at the end of his first surgery. I do not know for sure what the future holds for my son, but I have absolute faith that his life is in God's hands.

How I live my faith

My faith influences every aspect of my life including what I wear, what I drink, what I watch and listen to, and especially how I spend my time. Things like wearing modest clothing and refraining from coffee and alcohol may seem like a sacrifice to others, but to me it is just part of who I am. I am careful about all of the media in my home so that nothing we watch, read, or listen to will offend the spirit of God. I spend time in devotion to God daily by praying, reading the scriptures, and serving my family and others as needed. My favorite way to serve is to teach. In the past I have taught classes for the children and the youth, and currently I am serving and teaching other women. In addition to teaching on Sundays, at least once a month I spend time visiting individually with four other women in their homes. We strengthen each other as we talk about our experiences as women and mothers and share how the Lord and his gospel help us with our challenges. I also help to teach and minister to women in a care center close to my home.