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Hi I'm Gloria

I am a retired professor from Brigham Young University.

About Me

I grew up mostly in Kalispell, Montana, graduating from Flathead County High School. Then it was on to college at Montana State University in Bozeman. While there, I was a math major, but also found out I really liked psychology. So after getting my B.S. at MSU, I went on to a Ph.D. program in mathematical psychology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. I loved Ann Arbor, and after graduating, stayed in the area for several more years, working with a management consulting firm. I took a 1 1/2 year leave of absence from my job there to serve as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Tokyo, Japan. A couple of years after returning from my mission, I was invited to apply for a faculty position at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. I was on the faculty for 30 years, first in the Business Management Department and then in the George W. Romney Insitute of Public Management. I taught applied statistics and research methods to students in the Master of Public Administration program. I also taught courses in human resource management. I had the opportunity to take a leave of absence and teach one year in Lahore, Pakistan. Then when I retired from BYU I had another opportunity to teach internationally, this time in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I love to travel and experience new cultures.

Why I am a Mormon

My father was not a Mormon, but on my mother's side of the family, I come from "Pioneer Stock," meaning that I have ancestors who converted to the Church in the 1800's and migrated to Utah using horse drawn wagons and handcarts, before the transcontinental railroad made the journey shorter and safer. Growing up in the Church, I never really had doubts about whether or not its teachings were true, but often wondered if I would have had the faith, humility, and courage to accept this Gospel if I had not grown up with it. As a young adult away from home at college, I tested it out for myself. I found myself reading the Book of Mormon, really wanting to know if it was true. Over and over again, I found myself relying on that book to confirm my testimony. One can argue that Joseph Smith could have made up the Church's doctrines from an imaginative mind, but it's impossible to explain away the Book of Mormon. How could an unlettered young man with barely a third grade education have written such a book in about two months' time? Then when you test the promise near the end of the book (Moroni 10:4-5) by praying to know if it is true, the Holy Spirit is just overwhelming. When I tested that promise I received the feelings in my heart that make it impossible to deny the truth of the Book of Mormon. And if it is a true book, everything else just falls in line. You can get a testimony of any aspect of the Gospel by trying it out and then praying for confirmation. It always works, althought it often takes time and effort on your part.

How I live my faith

One of the things I have loved to do in my church is to teach adult Sunday School. I'm not doing that right now, but that has been a favorite activity in the past. Right now, I have three assignments, as a visiting teacher, as my congregation's emergency preparedness specialist, and as a service missionary with LDS Employment Resource Services. As a visiting teacher, I am assigned along with another woman in my congregation to visit and "watch over" three other women in the congregation. We visit these women at least once a month, talk to them by telephone, and try to see how we can be friends and helpers to them. We try to make them feel loved and connected to our congregation. As an emergency preparedness specialist, I try to help members of our congregation be prepared for unexpected challenges, such as natural disasters (e.g., wildfires, floods, and earthquakes) or personal problems (e.g., loss of a job or serious illness that can strain family finances). As an Employment Resource Services missionary, I work one day and one evening a week with people who need assistance finding a job. I have been trained to help individuals develop a job search strategy, use effective means of finding job postings, develop or improve their resumes, and develop confidence in interviewing. I help people fill out online job applications. I help them discover career directions. I help them develop the tools that make it possible for them to obtain a job that fits their needs, skills, and interests. I volunteer in my community. I am a Neighborhood Chair, serving as a liaison between residents in my neighborhood and the city government. Using neighborhood meetings, we discuss issues such as development projects, zoning, and crime/safety. We then convey our neighborhood concerns and recommendations to the Planning Commission and/or the City Council. I also serve with a group of professional women who try to show young women in our area their leadership possibilities.