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Hi I'm Gaylene K Winters

I was raised on a cattle and wheat farm in Idaho in a loving Christian family. I am a wife, mother, grandmother and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am grateful that my parents taught me to love working hard on our farm and in other aspects of my life. They made it possible for me to start a college education which I finished over many years between the births of our 8 children. I was 30 when I finished my AA, 40 when I received my bachelors in exercise science and 50 when I attained my masters in recreation management. I realized a life-long dream to become a private pilot at age 60. I am a "professional college student" who loves to learn and interact with our children, family and friends. I am proof that life-long learning is important and achievable. Much of what I have learned has not been in a formal classroom setting, but through giving service to others and learning from them. I enjoy teaching tennis, swimming, and sharing my expertise in personal fitness. I have made good use of the sewing skills my mom taught me in my youth. All of these experiences have been very helpful as my husband and I have served 2 senior missions and are preparing now to go on our 3rd one. All 3 missions have been to foreign countries so we have learned about other cultures and enjoyed sharing our love for our Savior, Jesus Christ, and the teachings of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am grateful for all those special people who have been there when I needed help and encouragement. I will continue to try to be sensitive to the promptings of the Holy Ghost so that I may be of help to others.

Why I am a Mormon

My mom comes from many generations of members of our Church, including pioneers that came across the plains and settled in the Salt Lake valley of Utah. She introduced my dad to the church and together they taught us children the joy of loving our Savior, His teachings and those around us. I have tried to carry on with their great examples of service and building a solid family life for our children. I do not remember a time when I did not believe in my Savior and in the Prophet Joseph Smith. I have always found comfort in reading and studying the scriptures. Now that I am a grandmother with many grandchildren, I understand even more the importance of living this life so that I am worthy to enter into my Heavenly Father's kingdom after I die. I am so grateful that Jesus Christ atoned for my sins so that I can repent and be a better person. Enduring to the end, to me, means living each day the way I feel the Savior wants me to because I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who wants me to return to Him. I know that Jesus Christ atoned for all of us and is willing to forgive us of our sins when we forsake them and do our best each day to follow His example. I am so grateful to know that we have a living Prophet that leads our church today, even as the prophets of the Old and New Testaments did. President Thomas S. Monson receives revelation from our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ pertaining to what they want us to do. Therefore, we cannot go wrong by doing those things that President Monson asks us to do.

How I live my faith

Being actively involved in the Church throughout my life has given me opportunities to serve with young children, teenagers and adults in many different capacities: teaching, sports and recreation, including camping, cub scouts and boy scouts, and service to those in need. I have enjoyed all the church callings that I have accepted and have felt personal growth through this service.

How are the activities of the Mormon missionaries funded?

Gaylene K Winters
Now that I and my husband are retired from our teaching careers, we are excited to be volunteer, senior missionaries for our church. The Church and our faith in Jesus Christ has given us so many blessings that we are grateful for the opportunity to give back to the world through being full-time missionaries at our own expense. While on our missions, we pay for our own food, rent, car and gas, medical insurance, telephone and internet, electricity and water... all the same things for which we pay when we are staying home. We tell our children that we are spending their inheritance while serving our Savior, Jesus Christ and the peoples of the world. We earned it and we desire to use it helping others to gain an understanding of Christ's true church while learning to incorporate their teachings into their lives. We also continue to pay tithing, which is 10% of our gross income from our retirement. Donations are also made to the Ward or Branch in which we are serving. We have been blessed in so many ways, because of our missionary service. Our bodies and minds have been able to do things that we never thought possible for our late 60's and early 70's ages. We will never be able to repay God for all His blessings to us, but we can help by serving missions at our own expense. Show more Show less