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Hi I'm Glori

I grew up in Anchorage, Alaska. I love learning and teaching, and a I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married for 38 years. We have four children and seven grandchildren. I enjoy spending time with all my family and love when I get a chance to visit with family members in Alaska, Hawaii, California, and New York. I love to read, to garden, to cook, and to watch movies. I work at staying active and enjoy biking, running, hiking, swimming, doing yoga, lifting weights and skiing. I have been an educator for over 20 years and love teaching and learning from my students. I have mostly taught at the high school level: U.S. history & government, English as a Second Language, and even the Russian language.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I had, and continue to have, strong spiritual experiences that testify to me that this is the right way for me lead my life. As a very young child, I was interested in spiritual and religious ideas and looked for opportunities to attend church and learn about Heavenly Father. When I was just eight years old, a friend took me once a week to "Primary" at the Mormon church where we learned lessons from the New Testament. When I was a teenager, I learned more about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and began attending Sunday services and youth activities. When I was 15 years old I decided, with my parents' permission, to get baptized. It is a decision that has affected every aspect of my life and one that I never regretted.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith and exemplify Christianity in everything I do. I look for opportunities to show kindness and respect toward others. I try to show gratitude for all of my blessings by sharing them with others. I have served in many areas of the church: teaching children, youth, and adults and organizing fun and enriching activities for all. One reason that I love to teach is that I always seem to learn so much. You learn when you are preparing to teach and then you learn even more from the class discussion. The class members always bring out new ideas and insights that I had not thought of; we all learn so much when we are open and honest with our questions and answers.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Glori
One thing that always bothered me about Christian teachings was the idea that you had to accept Christ be baptized in order to go to heaven. That seemed very unfair. What about good people who lived in non-Christian countries and had never even heard of Christianity? When I was investigating the church and considering joining, I was similarly bothered by the idea of “one true church” and crucial ordinances for exaltation, such as baptism. I asked my LDS friend, “How could a loving God cut off people that had never even heard of him? How could a God that loves his children deny a person entrance to Heaven just because they had never learned of Christ, nor been baptized?” My friend then told me that Mormons didn't believe that; the LDS church believes that all people will have an equal chance to accept or reject the Gospel. He then told me about baptism for the dead, a plan that allows people to do the ordinances needed for their deceased ancestors. I was amazed and thrilled. Our Heavenly Father really does love us all and has a plan for all of us. Show more Show less