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Hi I'm Evelyn Giles

I'm a Mormon since birth. Mother of Four. Grandmother to twelve.

About Me

I was raised in the faith, born to goodly parents. Married a returned missionary. We raised our family of four children in a small farming community, where the LDS religion is dominant. We thank God daily for the beauties and peace that surround us living in the valley of the mountains. Our path has not always been strewn with rose petals, but we have faced our trials, centering our hope and faith in Jesus Christ. We celebrated our 50th wedding anniversary a couple of years ago, now approaching our 53rd year. We have welcomed twelve grandchildren into our lives who have brought us much joy, nine grandsons and three granddaughters. We are living in the sandwich generation. Both of my husband's parents are deceased as well as my father. My mother, age 91, is living at a care center not far from where we live. She is experiencing heart trouble and is in a slow, but declining state of health.

Why I am a Mormon

There is a sense of peace, an inner sense of strength that I feel from my membership in this church. I know that Heavenly Father loves all of his children and because of His love for us he called a young boy, age 14, named Joseph Smith to restore His true gospel. Because of this revelation and further revelations missionaries, preaching the Word of God, visited the homes of my ancestors who lived in England, Norway, Sweden and Denmark to leave their loved ones and travel by ship, railroad, and covered wagon to gather with the saints. I am a descendant of the Mormon Pioneers. I cannot waiver or break the link that they started. I will continue to hold on to the Iron Rod as long as I live. I know that the world can be distracting, especially to the youth, but I know peace and satisfaction by living the principals of the gospel are true and everlasting. Our only source of real joy in this life. I also know that by entering the temple, being sealed by Holy Priesthood Powers, our families can be forever. I recognize temple marriage is only the beginning. We must live worthily over a period of a lifetime to receive the fullness of that blessing. Heavenly Father has placed in each of us a little gauge I call our conscience. I hurt inside if I do anything that is contrary to the teachings I have received. It has helped me correct my course more than once. Recognize and know God is watching over all of us. He causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust. We need to be merciful, as He is. We need to love as he does, forgive as he forgives. Look for the good or the best in our brothers and sisters. One other thing and I would like to mention, I have spent a lifetime collecting stories about my ancestors, I have binders after binders full of information about their families. When I cross over to the other side I will be so happy to meet them. I have also kept a binder for each year we have been married. I am a record keeper.

How I live my faith

I have served in various organizations through out my life. I love to teach primary, not only does one gets to associate with the most tender of God's children, but because of the beautiful songs that are sung in Primary. At night, and at various times of the day, the songs come to me that I learned and memorized in my early days. I have taught Relief Soceity for a couple of years. My husband and I served an Inner City Mission in Ogden, Utah for a year. With our health issues I felt that was the only mission, I could go on. We served with other couples from our stake. When I came back I served as Activity Days leader along with another sister in our ward teaching the 10 to 12 year old girls. They were a fun group. We always felt a little sad when they graduated into Young Womens. My husband and I look forward to Sundays, because we have excellent teachers in our ward, who have opened our eyes of understanding. We further feast upon the words of Christ, with scripture study, and reading the Ensign, and other publications in the evenings throughout the week. We take the Deseret News and glean from it current LDS happenings. We have learned to turn the television off. We are more selective of the programs that we do view in our home. We so want our home to be a place were the Spirit of Christ can dwell. Also we have learned the Atonement of Jesus Christ, is not only a source of remission of our sins, but all the pains and grief we experience in mortality. We are so grateful for the Plan of Happiness, and our understanding, of where we came from, why we are here and where we are going after this life.