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Hi I'm Gail

I grew up in North and South Dakota, I am a convert , a mother, a grandmother, an RN, a cancer survivor and a Mormon

About Me

I grew up in an active Catholic family and even attended Catholic grade school so imagine my surprise when I ended up attending BYU Provo after my freshman year of college. My dream was always to be a registered nurse, but I found all the extra circular activities of college so fun that I flunked my anatomy and Physiology class and needed to repeat it in the summer if I wanted to continue on with my nursing class, and BYU was one of the few schools that offered it for the summer. I knew nothing about the Mormons at that time but was so impressed with the young people I met that I wanted to know more and became converted. I have been blessed with a wonderful family that are truly amazing individuals. We adopted our 7th child (who came as a foster child) after they weren't able to find a permanent placement for him. He is mentally and physically handicapped and has taught us all the real meaning of love. It hasn't always been easy, but it has definitely been worth it. My spare time is spent kayaking, swimming, biking, hiking, snow-shoeing, reading, acting in our local Little Theater group and I even did 2 half tri-athalons after I turned 60. I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin s Lymphoma 1 1/2 years ago and am now in remission. Life is so good!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I believe the church to be Christ's church here upon the earth today. It has the same organization that Christ established when he was here upon the earth with apostles and prophets. I know that families can be forever and when my husband and I were married it was for time and all eternity. I know that I have a Heavenly Father who loves each of his children with a perfect love, and gave His Only Begotten Son so that if we repent and live worthily we can live with Him again. This has made me want to be a better person, to try and be more like the Savior. I realize that I will never be perfect in this life, but that doesn't make me stop trying . I know that every good thing I do and learn will be with me in the eternities. I want to be with my family through the eternities and I know by living the gospel principles I am preparing for that day.

How I live my faith

One of the amazing things to me has been that there is no paid ministry in the church so we each get the opportunity to serve in many capacities over the years. Doing this has given me a greater understanding of how others need to be supported and not judged because we may be in that same position some day. By willingly serving I have grown so much and developed leadership skills that I probably would never have learned otherwise. We are also encouraged to be involved in our communities. The things that have been closest to my heart have been working in the PTA when my kids were in school, helping with blood drives, being foster parents, teaching prenatal classes, and volunteering at a free clinic for the needy. I have worked with the youth for about 20 years and it keeps you young at heart. Our youth are taught goal setting as a part of their daily life which is such a great attribute in achieving all we can become. While working with the young women I worked on my goals too like finding my ancestors while working on an Individual Worth goal and learning all about the Grand Canyon, the weather there, the trails and then getting in shape and doing an 18 mile hike in the grand Canyon for the Knowledge goal. One of the best compliments I've ever received was when one of the young women told me that I was the "coolest old lady she knew". The scripture "When you are in the service of your fellow beings you are only in the service of your God" is one of my favorites , and I hope I can always be found in the service of others.