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Hi I'm Ginger

I grew up in La Mirada, California. I was raised by a widowed mother of 6 in a faith filled home. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My father died when I was 4 years old leaving my mother to raise 6 children ages 12 to 4 months. She was the most faithful, devoted woman I have ever known. I feel that I was born with an obedient spirit and did not want to cause my mother grief. Our home was filled with music. We sang, my sisters played the piano and I played the guitar. I learned homemaking skills and enjoyed being a part of the Mormon community. I was given opportunities to develop my talents in music, speaking, teaching, and learning to love as the Savior loved. I was a secretary before I had children and again after my children were grown. I enjoyed it because I was helping people and I was good at it. I married a wonderful man who recognized my potential and helped me succeed in every aspect of my life. I am a mother of 8 children. My second birth was twin girls. One was born with a heart defect and lived for 4 months. It was heartbreaking when she died but like in all trials I try to learn from the experience and look for opportunities to help others who are going through the same experience. I love to read the Book of Mormon each day. It gives me strength and understanding as to what my purpose is here on earth. I also have great faith that the Lord knows me and is there for me, cheering me on as I go through this life. I am truly blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

Being raised in the Mormon church by a faithful, devoted mother gave me a strong foundation to build on. I enjoyed going to church and belonging to a community of faith. It was a very strong support system for our family. As an adult I married a faithful Mormon in the temple and we had 8 children. Our second daughter, one of twin girls, was born with a heart defect and only lived 4 months. This could have been a great trial of faith for me but it wasn't because I already had a belief in life after death and that I would see her again. Belonging to the Mormon church has provided me with so many opportunities to grow and develop talents and then share them with others. I had a trial of faith in my mid-thirties where I really questioned if God heard my prayers because I was not getting the answer that I was desiring. I had to ask myself basic questions such as do I believe what my mother taught me? Did I believe that there is a God? Is Jesus Christ my Savior? I had to answer yes to all of these questions. So I started to rebuild my faith by offering prayers of gratitude. I didn't ask for anything, just thanked God for things such as running water, electricity, flush toilets, my health, etc. After time passed I could finally have a conversation with God in my prayers. So now when I go through trialsI have learned to trust in the Lord and in his timing and not in the outcome. My faith has grown to where I know that God lives and knows me and wants to see me succeed. The church has helped me by reinforcing what I teach my children in my home. I know that the Book of Mormon is true and I see the value of reading it every day. I know that there is a prophet on the earth and if I follow his teachings I will be on a safe path.

How I live my faith

Growing up in the Mormon church has given me so many opportunities to develop talents and then share them with others. I have worked with children, teenagers, and adults in many capacities such as teaching Sunday lessons, teaching teenagers spiritual and life skills, getting up early to teach a 6:00am class of high school kids the scriptures. I have taught dance, lead choirs, directed drama productions, taught homemaking skills to youth and adults, taught Sunday School classes and lead organizations. I have participated in counsels and committees. I have put on dinners for large groups. I have organized and participated in countless service projects for church members and for the community. I have helped my sons progress through the scouting program. I have prepared and sent 4 children off to serve as missionaries for our church. My husband and I are preparing to serve as missionaries, too. I have learned to cook, sew, paint, clean house, exercise, play in sports such as baseball, basketball, and volleyball. I have learned to tend to the sick and help the needy. I have learned the value of paying tithes and offerings and then watch how the Lord blesses me. I am learning the true meaning of charity, the pure love of Christ. I love people and I try to be a good influence to those around me. I love to serve. It brings me great joy.