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Hi I'm Gayle

I'm a wife, mother and grandmother. I have lived in Africa and the Philippines, as well as the United States. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a small town of about 300 people. I loved exploring the town and the mountains with my friends. I felt safe, loved and happy. My two sisters and I worked with our father and mother on a small mink ranch. I learned to play the piano as a young girl and have loved music ever since. Music allowed me to travel across the United States and to Romania and Bulgaria during college. The feeling I had the day I came home from Europe to my little town was one of gratitude for my life and the people I loved. I had the opportunity to attend college on a four-year scholarship—the first in my extended family to do so. I will forever be grateful for that opportunity. I have a degree in Child Development and Family Relations and training in Elementary Education, both of which I chose because of my desire to be a better wife and mother to my future family. I married a widower with a two-year-old daughter. No wife could ask for a better husband. Our first babies together were twin girls who were born premature and lived only a few days. My husband’s experience with the death of his first wife and our joint experience with the death of our girls were difficult and life-changing, but our belief that families can be eternal and that death is just temporary through the blessing of Christ’s resurrection, gave us courage and something look forward to. Since that time we have been blessed with two more daughters, a son, and the great joy of our lives--our ten grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because of the peace and contentment I feel in my heart, knowing that I am a daughter of a Heavenly Father who loves me and that I have a Savior, Jesus Christ who was willing to suffer and die for me. I don't have an unusual conversion story because I grew up surrounded by the love of a family who understood and lived the principles of the gospel of Jesus Christ found in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. My knowledge of the gospel and my testimony grew little by little over the span of my life and my testimony of the truth of it came slowly, gently and brightly, just like a sunrise. I have read the Book of Mormon for myself and prayed to know of the truth of it. That knowledge came gently and sweetly to me as I lived what I had learned and came to know for myself that living the truths of the gospel brought me happiness and peace. Every good thing I have in life can be attributed to the goodness of God and the blessings He gives me because of my obedience to his commandments. I know that God is my Eternal Father and that his son, Jesus Christ atoned for my sins and taught us his gospel--the only way to joy and happiness. I know that Joseph Smith did see God the Father and his Son, Jesus Christ and that they did use him, an unlearned boy, to restore the truths that Jesus taught to the earth once again. The Book of Mormon is a record of an ancient people led to the Americas by the hand of God. They were commanded to keep a record so that the teachings of God could be restored once again upon the earth in our day. Joseph Smith was given the divine assignment to translate that record and bring it forth to the world. I know that it is true. God does give his power to men on earth to do his work. That power is called the priesthood and has also been brought back to the earth. We have apostles and prophets on the earth today just as Jesus did when he was on the earth. The gospel of Jesus Christ brings joy and strength to me.

How I live my faith

I treasure all of the things I have learned as I have served in my Church. So many of the character traits I value most in myself came as a result of my service. I have taught children to sing songs about Jesus. I have helped the young women, ages 12 to 18 to discover who they are and what God wants them to do. I have watched with joy as they learned for themselves that they are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves them. I have served the women of our congregation by helping them to learn to serve one another, develop homemaking skills, and weather the storms of life, through faith in Jesus Christ. I have helped young Cub Scouts develop skills, have fun together, and prepare to be fathers one day. I was invited by a member of our congregation to help with literacy in the schools by tutoring in reading. What an extremely satisfying experience that was! Now I am the one doing the inviting. I am learning even more in that role. Perhaps my most satisfying service in my church has come as I have served with my husband as a church service missionary. We have served and loved the people in the Philippines, teaching them how to be of service in their congregations as well as being support staff for the young missionaries in that country. In Africa, we taught the Career Workshop and the Self-Employment workshop in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda to give people skills in finding employment and in setting up small businesses. We also supported the efforts of our young missionaries in Sierra Leone as well as teaching and training leaders. We were privileged to help with education and employment in Tacloban, Philippines, which was devastated in November 2013 by a terrible typhoon. Most of all, I treasure the love I feel for people around the world and the knowledge I gained that we are much more alike than we are different from each other.