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Hi I'm Gerri

I grew up in Jackson, Michigan and was not converted to the church until I was in college at Western Michigan University.

About Me

I have lived in Michigan all of my life and enjoy the change in seasons, although as I get older the winters are getting colder. I graduated from Western Michigan University as did my parents and my grandmother. I taught school for 13 years, Middle School math and Social Studies. I love middle school age students. I am now retired. I am a mother of 6 and step mother of 3. I have 30 grandchildren who keep us very busy especially at Christmas and their birthdays. I enjoy reading, doing genealogy, and I play the piano. I also do indexing of old genealogical records to be submitted to Family Search.org. I enjoy doing art work, although I'm not that good and haven't had any training. It's a fun thing to do with the grandchildren.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a convert to the Church. I began looking into the Church when I was 19 years old and in college. A friend of mine had joined and it greatly changed her life, and as a result another mutual friend started investigating and shared his experience with me. When I heard that there was a modern day prophet, I wanted to know more. I began taking the missionary discussions in my dormitory at school. As the missionaries taught me I found that I believed all that they said. When they asked me to be baptized I must admit that I was a little shocked. I had not thought that this would mean that I would change churches. I had many meaningful experiences in my church, and my friends at college all attended that church. The missionaries asked me to pray about whether the Church is true and if I should be baptized. I agreed. Finding a place to pray privately is a little hard at college. I finally decided to block the door to my room to give me notice if anyone was coming in. I pushed a desk up against it. I then knelt down to pray and as I prayed I felt chills from my head to my toes and I knew that this was true and that I should be baptized. Before I even ended my prayer all 3 of my room mates were trying to get in. I jumped up as they pushed their way through the door. I'm sure they decided that I was a little odd. I regret that I didn't share more with them. Before I could be baptized I had to tell my parents. They insisted that I talk to my minister at home first, which I did. I found that he knew nothing about the Mormon church and just wanted to stop me. Interestingly, my great uncle, who was a minister in the same church told me that all he knew about the Mormons was that they are very good people. Because of him I had begun to look into the Church. I ended up being baptized and both of my parents came to support me. They never did look into the Church; but my mom once told me that she was proud of me and of my family. Baptism was the best decision of my life.

How I live my faith

I am very busy with many church activities that are keeping me young. I teach lessons in our women's organization about Jesus Christ and our faith, and I also play the piano there. I visit six ladies from our church each month, give them a spiritual message and just check and see if all is well with them. I also volunteer at our Family History Center assisting people in doing their genealogy. I love to do this. It is like being a detective. I coordinate the indexing effort in six churches in this area. We record what was written in old records and submit it to Salt Lake City to be published in Family Search to help people who are doing genealogy. My husband and I served a 19 month service mission in our local bishop's storehouse. We helped organize the donations of food to go to poor and needy people in a rather large area that included a large part of Michigan and northern Ohio. We are getting ready to serve another mission in Boise, Idaho to help Family Search make more historical records available to the general public.