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Hi I'm Gayleen

I'm a mother and grandmother. I love to travel and learn about other cultures and places. I love to sing and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I have six children and four grandchildren. My husband passed away several years ago after a brief battle with cancer. I am grateful to be surrounded by my children and grandchildren who bring so much joy to my life. I served a mission in northeastern Brazil and learned to love the portuguese language. I enjoy studying classical and folk music, as well as singing and playing the piano. I also love to attend the opera and theater.

Why I am a Mormon

Although my mother was raised in the LDS church, my father is not Mormon. As a young teenager, I had the choice to attend church with my mother or stay home with my father on Sundays. Being in church always felt right and good to me. Everything I learned in church always sounded and felt so right and true. I knew from a very young age that I have a Heavenly Father who loves me and wants me to be happy. Throughout my life, I have had so many layers of experiences that confirm my faith and testimony that I am a child of God, that He loves me, and that I can talk to Him in prayer and receive His guidance and help in my daily life. I am so grateful for the Book of Mormon and the Bible and the teachings of Christ that I find in them. I am very grateful to be able to follow a living prophet who gives us counsel specific to the time in which we live in the history of the world. Being a Mormon brings peace and purpose, understanding and joy into my life each day.

How I live my faith

I believe that the most important things I do to live my faith are simply who I am everyday of my life. I do everything I can to be sure that my children and grandchildren know that I love them and that their Heavenly Father loves them loves them even more than I do. I try my best to live as an example of the kind of person I know that my Savior would want me to be - especially in following His example to love other people. We have always tried to pray as a family each morning and evening. I work with the young women in my ward, teaching lessons on Sundays and attending their weekly activities. I have also played the organ and piano for church meetings, led the singing, and directed the choir frequently throughout my adult life. I love being involved in serving in the church in whatever capacity I am asked to serve. In addition to serving as a full-time missionary myself, I have had the opportunity to send several of my children on missions as well.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

My husband and I were married in the Salt Lake Temple for all eternity. When he passed away several years ago, amidst the sadness of parting, I felt a sweet peace from the knowledge that our separation would be only temporary. I know that we are still sealed together as a couple and that his death has not changed that. Our family is an eternal unit and I know that my wonderful husband and I will be reunited one day together with our children and grandchildren. I continue to feel my husband's influence in my life and in the life of our children and I know that death is simply another step in our progression as a family. I feel certain that he is still aware of and involved in our lives although we can't see him. Show more Show less