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Hi I'm Gwen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother. I'm a student, scout leader, children's advocate. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I came late to this party; I was 43 years old when I joined the Church. I'd had a poor experience decades before with members of the Church and I had to overcome my prejudice. I investigated the Church for nearly 3 years before being baptized. I have five children, all grown and 22 grandchildren. Only one child became a member with me. A couple of my children disagreed with my decision to join, but have since accepted that I am a better person because of it. I am currently a student working on my Bachelors in Business Administration. I spend my free time gardening and crocheting. I have a variety of hobbies, everything from leather-work to canning.

Why I am a Mormon

I lived a rough life for the first 40 yrs. My life was frequently in crisis or chaos. I used alcohol and drugs to escape my life. I had severe depression and my children suffered because of it. I did have a few moments of peace, when I would turn to God for help, but the rest of the time I turned my back on what was offered through my savior Jesus Christ. Then a major crisis happened, I just couldn't have faith in a God who would let such a disaster happen. My life became the emptiest it had ever been. One day I met a man in a bar, (he was on a pool league and didn't drink, weird) he had something that was missing from my life, he had faith. He knew that God had a plan and that everything we went through, good and bad, was part of that plan. I couldn't believe that. He gave me a Book of Mormon and asked that I read it. Skeptical as I was, I finally did read it. I read a little each day and just before I finished (3 months later) I had an experience that led me to believe that what I was reading was true. I had a gadget on my computer desktop that led to New Testament passages. I had never clicked on it, but I had a strong impression to click on it that day. I didn't have time to read the scriptures at that moment, but I did write down the verses to check out later. That evening I dug out my bible and began to follow the passages in the order they were given. The passages told me that the Book of Mormon was true. I wish I hadn't thrown away the list later on. :( Anyway, as a result, I asked the missionaries to visit with me. I attended church services, Sunday school and Relief Society for two years before I was baptized. I also attended General Conference broadcasts (that's another story altogether) by myself, I came away from each one with more hope than I had ever felt before. Today, my life is not in chaos or crisis. I haven't used alcohol or drugs for a very long time and the last thing I want to do is escape my life. This is the gift I have from God.

How I live my faith

Each day I am thankful to my Heavenly Father for all that he has given me. I express this in prayer and in the way I treat others. I share my knowledge with members and non-members alike as the Provident Living Specialist. This position allows me to assist people in planning for the future with food storage, skills such as gardening and car maintenance, and repurposing items such as trampoline frames. I am always pleased when someone I have instructed, tells me about their accomplishments as a result of something I shared. I have been active in the Boy Scouts of America program longer than I've been a member of the Church, so I was happy to become the Webelos Den Leader over 4 years ago. The skills that I had already learned were put to good use and my passion for the Scouting program led me to be not only a den leader, but a member of the committee of the Troop, Team and Crew as well as serve as a Unit Commissioner. Being able to give back what is so freely given me, love, compassion...allows me to see others as the children of God that they are.