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Hi I'm Bobbi Gray

I grew up in Pasadena, California.I'm a genealogist and a writer and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born in Altadena, California, the oldest of three girls. We spent our first years living in Pasadena, California. As children we travelled extensively. For the first ten years we drove across the United States every two years to visit relatives in New England. Later we travelled overseas, living in Korea and India for four years. It was a real education for my sisters and me. When we returned to California I resumed "normal" schooling for two years, then went to a small Quaker Boarding High school in New Hampshire. Later I attended Pasadena City College and Brigham Young University. After graduating from BYU I moved to Alberta, Canada, where I have lived for 40 years now. I am the mother of four and grandmother of eleven, soon twelve. I have a number of hobbies, including reading, knitting and crocheting. My passion, however, is genealogy and family history. I love it so much that I do research for others. This passion led to my newest interest, writing. I have just finished my third novel, the first one was published in 2009 and is about my early ancestors who came from Germany in the 1750s to settle the town of Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.

Why I am a Mormon

As a child of about 8 I remember asking my Mother why we no longer had a Prophet. I don't remember her answer, I do remember how I felt. I was sad and hoped that some day there would again be a Prophet for us to follow. In 1969 I was working at a mail order place in Pasadena. One of my co-workers was a member of the Church. She always impressed me, and one day we got talking. The talk quickly turned to religion, and I soon found myself asking her more and more questions about her religion. We would talk at lunch time and then I would call her in the evening and we would talk for a long time. I found myself literally hungering and thirsting for the information she was giving me. Eventually she invited me to come to her home to listen to two young men who could tell me more about the Church. The first evening they spoke of the Restoration of the Gospel and that there was now a Prophet on the earth. I sat up and listened intently. Building up within me was a combined feeling of excitement, and joy. The first awakening of a testimony of the Gospel. The next day I started reading the Book of Mormon, and although I couldn't understand it all, I felt such a peace and was sure it was as important for me to read as the Bible. A few weeks later, on Easter Sunday morning, April 6, 1969, I was not feeling well and stayed home from the Church that my family attended. I turned on the TV. I did not realize it was a Mormon program, but for some reason decided to watch. Almost immediately Thomas S. Monson started his talk, “Yes, Mrs. Patton, Arthur Lives”. I was enthralled as I listened to his words. They spoke to my heart, touching me deep inside. Something happened to me that day, actually two things. First, that talk was the water, the light, and the nourishment that my little testimony seed needed. Second, that day I received the seed that led within two months to my love of genealogy and Family History research. I was baptized that same year, on June 21.

How I live my faith

I love being involved in my Ward and have held many positions over the years I have been a member of the Church. I have been blessed to teach lessons to the Women and the children of the Ward. I have also taught Family History classes both in the Ward and in the community. Most of all I enjoy being a Visiting Teacher, visiting my assigned sisters monthly in their homes. I try to keep in contact with them throughout the month, and remember the important dates in their lives. I have made some of my closest friends either by being companions with them as we Visit Teach together, or by visiting or being visited by them. Through the Visiting Teaching program I feel loved and cared for.