What Is a Church Community?

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Margene Gardner

I grew up in Evansville, Indiana. Being a wife and mother is my work and my purpose. I am a Mormon

About Me

My name is Margene. Being a wife and mother brings purpose and meaning to my life. I raised six children -- 2 girls and 4 boys. I now enjoy eight grandchildren. There is nothing more rewarding than knowing that I have been instrumental in bringing up children that are righteous, God-fearing, and law-abiding citizens. Grandchildren are the icing on the cake of life. I love life. I love the beautiful world that has been created for us. The beauty that greets me each day brings joy and a deep sense of gratitude. I enjoy all things that are involved in homemaking. Cooking and creating in the kitchen is rewarding. I enjoy reading, especially the scriptures. I love to plant seeds and watch them grow. I enjoy sewing, walking, riding my bike, traveling. I enjoy the challenge of playing Scrabble. I love riding rollercoasters. This life that I have is a gift.

Why I am a Mormon

My parents were both Mormon. They taught me as a child. They showed by example in word and deed what the gospel of Jesus Christ meant to them. As I learned, I decided for myself that this is what I wanted also. Growing up in Evansville, Indiana was hard at times. I was teased and made fun of. I was excluded and treated differently because of my religion. But I always knew that the Lord loved me. It didn't matter what others thought of me. I knew who I was. I knew my purpose here on earth. I knew that the Lord was pleased with me. Thoughout my life, I have remained true to my religion. I have never looked back. I am a lifetime Mormon. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint makes perfect sense to me. We lived before we came to earth. This life is a time for us to prove ourselves. We chose to follow Christ before. I choose to continue to follow Him here. I know that when my time on earth is over that I will live with Him again. I love the uniqueness of being a Mormon. I am so grateful for the blessings that come from living the law of health that we have been given. I have never smoked a cigarette. I have never had a cup of coffee. I have never had an alcoholic drink. I have never taken drugs. I don't need those things. I have faith in Jesus Christ. That is all I need. When life presents struggles and difficulties, I look to my Savior. I pray to Him. I live His commandments. I read His scriptures. The joy and peace that come from doing these things cannot be purchased with money. I know that being a Mormon is right for me. We believe in latter-day prophets. They speak for the Lord just as Moses, Noah, Abraham, and all the others. God is aware of us today just as He was aware of His children in the days of Old and New Testament times. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is my rock and my salvation. He is my all in all. He is my Savior and my Redeemer.

How I live my faith

Everything I do is a part of living my faith. I believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer. I am trying to live as He lived. He is my perfect example. Each Sunday I teach five and six year old boys and girls about Jesus Christ and His gospel. I love children. They are full of light and truth. I visit two beautiful women each month. One is 91 years old. She is happy and sees the beauty in all things inspite of her health problems. She is lonely and so I visit her several times a week. The other woman has been wheel chair bound for years. She is independent and loves life. She gives me courage by the way she lives her life. I am so happy to be an intimate part of their lives. I live my faith by the way I interact with those I meet. They are all children of our Heavenly Father. I love to help others in the grocery store. I enjoy greeting those I don't know. That is what the Savior would do. I strive to be honest in all of my dealings with my fellowmen. That is how the Savior lived His life. I strive to live the commandments. Keeping the Sabbath Day holy is a must. Being morally clean brings peace and joy that comes in no other way. I endeavor to share my faith with those that I meet. I pray several times a day. Talking with my Heavenly Father is a beautiful experience. I know that He hears my prayers. He has answered them all. Not always in the way I had hoped. But he does answer them. He has provided tender mercies and miracles. There is no doubt in my mind. God lives and loves all of us.