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Hi I'm Glenda Gayle

I grew up a Baptist in Texas, graduated from Lamar University, was a Beaumont Melody Maid, formed the Wee Entertainers.

About Me

I retired, after being a secretary all my life, in 1965 to take care of my granddaughter, then a grandson, and then there were five. They are the light of my life. I have one son (whose children these are) and one daughter. When I'm not with the grandchildren, I'm on my computer doing Family History, writing my family history, making books for each grandchild of their own photos month by month, gardening, sewing, crocheting and embroidering. My favorite sport is water-skiing, boating and camping with my family and friends. In my highschool and college days, I sang with the Beaumont Melody Maids who traveled around the world for the Department of Defense. When I was older and married, I started a singing and dancing (square dance and South Seas) group of children ranging in ages from 3 to 15 which I had for 20 years. I love to sing and play the guitar. I love traveling out of the country, but love traveling inside almost as well - more if I'm doing family history research in cemeteries and county libraries all over the South.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 17, I was very dissatisfied with my church because it seemed each preacher had a different interpretation of the Gospel, as well as what our standards should be. I began actively searching for a church I could believe in and one in which their members lived their religion. I attended many different churches - all Christian - because I always believed in Christ as my Savior though I'm not sure I really knew what it truly meant. I did this for five years, still no closer to finding what I was looking for. Then through some very interesting circumstances, I was introduced to some Mormon Missionaries. I was extremely skeptical, but wanted to be polite, so I took their Book of Mormon with no intention of reading it. It seemed like every time I went downtown to my job, there would be the missionaries - always asking when they could come to tell me about the Gospel. I finally gave in and invited them to dinner (my roommates quickly abandoned our apartment when they heard Mormons were coming over). As a teen, I had contemplated suicide a number of times because I felt the world was so unjust with poverty, hunger, children dying, children with no parents, etc. I thought there had to be something better somewhere and that somewhere must be Heaven. When the missionaries told me I had a purpose in this life, it was like turning on a lightbulb! I wanted to know more. They taught me more, I went to church the next day, they taught me more and more and the following Friday I was baptized. Now I didn't really have a testimony of Joseph Smith as a prophet, or the Book of Mormon as scripture, but I did know that I really did have a purpose and I was finally finding out what that was. Six months later, I had a testimony of Joseph Smith and the Book of Mormon, it just makes sense that our Heavenly Father loves us all and Christ makes it possible for all of us to come back to live with him - even those who never knew him in this life. I have never looked back. It is TRUE!

How I live my faith

I am very patriotic, always vote, sometimes even help with campagnes. I've worked on arts councils, in Boy Scouts in many capacities including Cub Master, District and Council levels, designed and helped build floats for different parades for Chamber of Commerce, etc. My favorite thing to do, however, is to serve in the Church. I have served in almost every calling there is for women in the Church, but my favorite always seems to be the one I'm doing at the time. Right now I teach Primary children beautiful music and work with girls 8-12 teaching them life skills and how to live a righteous life. I have always enjoyed doing service for others who need help. This help has many aspects from cleaning a shut-in's home, transporting someone to where ever, taking in a meal, singing at a funeral, cleaning the church, helping someone move in or out, or just plain visiting with someone who is lonely. When I was very young, I promised the Lord that if he would let me direct music and sing in church, that I wouldn't charge him. In the church I have had many many opportunities to do this. This has also extended into the community as I sing for funerals of people I don't even know. I took my little singing group around to nursing homes and church functions many, many times a year for 20 years - again the Lord blessed me with opportunities to share my love through music. My husband and I have served two part-time missions and are shortly embarking on an 18 month full-time mission which we are really excited about (and a little scared). Because I was a convert to the church at age 21, I didn't have the opportunity to serve a mission when I was young. Now I get to. I have only one sister and one uncle left on this side, but many, many true friends through the Church. With my children and my friends, my life is very rewarding.