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Hi I'm Gemma

I like to sing, cook and cut up wood with a big circular saw. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a wife and mother of three great kids. I work part-time in a girl's school supporting the Design and Technology department. I have 2 brothers and 2 sisters spread far and wide over the British Isles. I also have a lovely mum and great memories created with my dad before he died 3 years ago. I love turning my hand to many crafts and making music but would run a mile at the suggestion of sport if it weren't that that sounds too tiring. My handsome husband is my best friend and my champion.

Why I am a Mormon

My mum answered the door to two young American missionaries over 40 years ago, accepted the gospel of Jesus Christ and a few years later I was born. I grew up learning about Jesus Christ and worshipping Him each week at church. In my teenage years I began to question - a lot. I didn't know if I believed in God, but I wanted to. I was surrounded by so many good people living good lives and I wanted that all to be validated. I would have picked living the gospel as a life-style choice but it had to be more than that. As I prayed to the Father I wasn't sure was there I thought of His son, Jesus Christ. I thought of that humble Galillean man walking the dusty roads of Judea, and I thought of the miracles He performed. I thought of the parables He taught and the love He showed. And I realised I already knew Him and had a personal relationship with Him. I knew He was my Brother who loved me. I know now that I have a Father in Heaven who loves me too. I enjoy science. I love learning about how the world works: the constant geological processes that render the earth almost as a living organism; the infinitessimally small particles that behave in unpredictable ways; the perfect equilibrium that allows life to exist on this planet. And it's not just functional, it's also beautiful - so much more than it has to be. I look at a mighty oak tree, or a vibrant sunset, at snow capped mountain tops or an endless sea-scape and I see a beautiful gift from my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

Imperfectly. But I know I'm a much better person than I probably would have turned out to be without the knowledge I have that I am a daughter of God with a divine heritage. Ok, I'll start with the biggie. Four days a week at 6.30am I open my home to 9 sleepy teenagers and teach them from the scriptures for 50 minutes. And I learn from them too. What can you say about young people who, with all the pressures and messages thrown at them from the world today, would show that kind of commitment? They are a fantastic example to me and it is an honour to be able to work with them. (What I have described, btw, is the church's seminary programme, a four-year course of scripture study for 14- to18-year-olds.) The other responsibility I have at church is for the music in our meetings. I lead the church choir in providing musical items for Sunday services and we also put on occasional evenings, for example at Christmas and Easter. I love the spirit that music can bring. It truly speaks directly to our soul. (Btw, if you live in the Aylesbury area and have a soprano voice, come along. I need you!) Living the gospel isn't really measured by what we do on a Sunday though, nor even in my teaching seminary so regularly. For me it is in the way we are in our homes and our families. When my husband and I pray with our children, read scriptures with them, when we bring a Christian spirit into our home and show love to each other and to our neighbours, that's when we are living the gospel.