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Hi I'm Geri

I grew up in Houston, Texas, but have lived in many cities in the U.S.A., and in Japan. I am Mormon.

About Me

I am a happily married grandmother and have three married children and nine grandchildren. I am a college graduate in legal studies, but did not get my degree until I was 60 years of age. I love learning, especially reading historical novels, and attending classes in a variety of subjects. I also love watching football and golf, and though not very good, I enjoy trying to play golf. Though, I was raised in the Mormon faith, I still had to obtain a testimony of its truthfulness. I grew up in an area where there were not many members of my faith. I had to try really hard to stay close to the church and made every effort to attend all the meetings and activities. Many times I had to defend my faith with acquaintances and friends. Luckily, I met people who accepted me for these values. These challenges in my life brought me to the realization that the Lord is always watching over me; guiding and directing me, if I just asked. Having lived all over the world, I have learned that I can depend on my faith to get me through my trials and tribulations. That the Mormon church is always there to support and assist. That no matter where you live you have family. I feel very blessed, and supported by its principals and teachings.

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of His church because I want to be. I have been a life-long member. I was baptized at the age of eight, but still had to be converted. I was raised in a part-member family, but still had the support of the non-member. My family always believed in power of prayer, so always prayed. This, I believe, has been the basis of my character and why the church means so much to me. I realized at an early age that I had to listen to my teachers and leaders. I had to read, study, and pray. While, younger, I had teachers in the church that help answer many of my questions and encouraged me to pray for confirmation to their advice. Again, prayer was essential for my early development in the church. Finally, in my teenage years, I understood the necessity of my communication with the Lord to stay on the straight and narrow path. I continued to read the scriptures, pondered, and prayed about the truthfulness of the Book of Mormon and that Joseph Smith was a prophet whom restored the true church. I received my answer and knew at that time that it all made perfect sense. Now that I am older, I know without a shadow of a doubt that Jesus is the Christ, our Savior, Elder Brother, and Redeemer. That we have a living prophet who guides and directs His church on this earth. I believe that Jesus Christ is the son of a living Heavenly Father, and that the Holy Ghost, (the comforter), is the Godhead and that this That because of this, I have the opportunity to live with Him forever. That I will have the opportunity to have an Eternal Family, to have all those who have gone before and all those who will go after, to live together forever.

How I live my faith

I have been a member of the church all of my life, therefore, I have had many leadership and teaching opportunities. My latest one, was teaching the youngest members, the three and four year old children. It is so rewarding to see these small children want to learn about Jesus and what they need to do to be good. I have also been called to be the leader of a group of young girls. By participating in this program, it gave me the chance to influence the lives of these young girls, encouraging them to live the gospel by organizing activities that were fun, but also, living up to the principles and teachings of their faith. I truly enjoy the opportunity to visit with the sisters in my wards. This loving service provides me with the opportunity to get to know them and their needs, and to be there for them when needed. My favorite callings was teaching the adults. I felt through the study of the Book of Mormon, Bible, and teachings of the prophets, I learned more than I was able to teach. Discussing gospel doctrine on a weekly basis always provided me with so much more insight into what I need to do in my life. I also had the great privilege in helping during some devastating hurricane disasters. Helping people in so much need was such an eye opener, making me realize what service is really about.

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

Geri
A testimony is the belief and knowledge given to an person through prayer and study of the doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is confirmed to the person by the power of Holy Ghost; the still small voice, the warm feeling in your heart, the changes you have made that have made your life more fulfilling, and makes you feel happier. This testimony is that Jesus is the Christ, Savior of the World and the Son of a living Heavenly Father. That Joseph Smith was called of God to restore His church as it was when Jesus was here on the earth. That He called him as a prophet and continues that organization with prophets and apostles, etc., today. A testimony requires continuous commitment to grow. It will get stronger and stronger as life goes on, if a person tries to live by the gospel principles, listens to the Spirit and continues to study and pray. Show more Show less