I was raised in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and am a 5th generation member. I am married to Elder Robert Giertz, a strong convert. We have 1 son, James, married to Sonja and they have 3 children, Kassidy, Kailyn and Caron.
I went my own way for a number of years after leaving my parent's home. But when the time came for some difficult life decisions to be made, my God led me back to a Place, and a People where I belonged. The women who stepped up and embraced me, literally, with the Savior's Love strengthened my desire to return and to serve. Those women were my Mentors and helped set me on the path I now walk.
I have been privileged to serve as Women's Leader for several branches in the Restoration during the past 30+ years. I have come closer to my God in the process. It is my Sisters in the Faith who help in strengthening me, in testifying to me, in accepting and loving me in all my struggles to give back to my God and in honoring the women who have gone before us.
I am privileged to serve on the Restoration Women's Ministries. I pray our God will bless this committee as we strive to serve the Women of the Restoration.
"...whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things." Phil. 4:8
I am a 3rd generation RLDS member. I joined the restoration movement in 1986 when I began attending the Oklahoma City Restoration Branch in Oklahoma. I gathered to Warrensburg, MO in the fall of 1994 and moved to Buckner, MO, in 1995. I then moved to Independence, MO, in the fall of 2003. I attended the Elder's Conferences from 1993 until 2004. In 2005, I attended the first Joint Conference of Restoration Branches ( JCRB) which was held at the Stone Church in Independence, MO. I truly believe that all business conducted in the church should be through the voice of the people.
I am married to Ronnie Blakeney, member, and have two daughters, Tish Troutman and Roxanne Evans, members. Roxanne's husband Aaron is a member and Priest. I have two non-member step-daughters. Those of my grandchildren who are old enough have become baptized members.
My heart is fully dedicated to the work of the Lord and the restoration of all things. I believe that Jesus Christ is my Savior and Lord, that he will return and reign again on the earth, and that Zion will be!
I believe that the women of the church have a very important role to play in the end time events. I believe we must all come together as one body in order to accomplish what God has called us to do. I believe God has given me a strong desire to be a part of this end time work. I was told in my patriarchal blessing that if I kept the commandments and prepared myself and served him gladly and with humility that I would play a part in preparing to receive Zion. I love all my sisters in Christ and promise to serve you in humbleness and I pray for myself and each one of you to ". . .desire that ye might be filled with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding." (Col. 1:9) I look forward to the coming days as we all work together. "Zion the beautiful beckons us on. . ."
I am a member of the Independence Restoration Branch. I have been a member of the RLDS church since I was 15 years old. I have been married for 17 years to my husband, Deacon Brad Richardson, who is a recent convert to the church. I was the Women's Leader of the Independence Restoration Branch for two years before joining the Restoration Women's Ministries Committee. I took a year off as Women's Leader and have just recently been elected to serve in that capacity again for 2011.
I have a strong desire to serve the Lord and can't wait to see what He has in store for me next. I am very blessed to be a part of the RWM Committee and look forward to working with you, my sisters, doing the Lord's work.