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Hi I'm Gretchen

I'm a Mormon! I'm from ALASKA!

About Me

I am the second youngest of 8 children. I was home-schooled through eighth grade and then in ninth grade I entered the new, fun and crazy world of public school, where I completed my high school education. I honestly loved both home and public school I learned a lot from each experience. My interests span a vast variety; I love playing basketball, volleyball and softball, going hiking or jogging and being outside, and being creative-cooking/baking, quilting, scrapbooking, and coloring pictures. I also looove pinterest. I am a student, studying Culinary Arts and Nutrition. In my studies I ultimately want to be a registered dietitian and chef. I have put my schooling on hold for the next year and a half to serve the Lord as a full time missionary. I will be serving in the Kansas Wichita Mission. I am beyond excited for this amazing opportunity and can hardly wait to get out there and share what I know and love.

Why I am a Mormon

I wish I had something really profound to say so that when people read this they thought "o wow i want to know what she's talking about!" (Or something like that ) But the truth is the reason I am a mormon is not simply because of the things people say or because my parents are mormon. I am a Mormon because I know this gospel is true and complete, I have prayed and asked and I have felt confirmation of truth of the Book of Mormon, that it truly points to Christ and testifies of Him and his gospel. And with whatever I ask, God has never left me with an unanswered question. He is always there. I'm pretty simple and I still have a ton to learn. This gospel is simple and yet so profound. I learn new things everyday. The knowledge this gospel provides surrounds and fills my life with purpose, truth, hope, peace, joy and love. Its not something that is just said and done but it is felt.

How I live my faith

When I was little I thought everyone lived the same way and knew the same things... Especially with religion, I thought that everyone on sunday went to church for three hours and they attended other meetings throughout the week, and that they held callings at church to serve without any payment, and that they knew they could pray about things regarding church to find out if they were true, I thought they all knew that God created a plan so that we can have our families for forever in this life and in the life to come to bring us happiness, through the restoration of the priesthood which is God's power and authority restored to the earth. But obviously, I'm a bit older and wiser and I know everyone knows, learns, and believes different things and that not everyone has had the opportunity to learn about the restoration of the gospel and God's power and authority. So I live my faith everyday knowing I can find guidance, strength and protection from my Heavenly Father anytime, anywhere and I strive to be like Him. Living in a small town with reputations and things made it even easier... In this town pretty much everyone knows what religion everyone else is, especially when your family is Mormon and you have 3 older siblings (who were all loved and amazing lol) In this small town its honestly been wonderful because people do know the standards we hold and they expect us to keep them. When I was in High School I attended early morning seminary before school and then young women's activities on Wednesday evenings. I was often asked to do things on Wednesday or in the early mornings for sports practices and such but people quickly learned I was unavailable during that time. My faith is what guides me everyday.