I am Gina Holt. I have been happily married to my sweetheart for 30 years; we are best friends. We have two beautiful children, a son and a daughter. I am the oldest of six children and grew up in Northern Utah. I have been a lifelong member of the Church, baptized at the age of 8, like many of you. I always loved going to church. I have especially happy memories of Primary. Back then, Primary was after school and I walked from my home with my sister and friends. I loved singing and our chorister was so much fun, she made me fall in love with those songs. I can still remember the day we learned to sing “I Know My Heavenly Father Loves Me.” I can still see the chapel of that church and feel that warm feeling that washed over my whole body and soul. I later learned that is how the Holy Ghost testifies to me of truth and love from God. That song is still my favorite and I cannot sing it without shedding tears, for I truly do know that my Heavenly Father loves me.
In my house growing up, we did not read scriptures as a family or do any kind of formal gospel study, at least not anything that ever lasted for more than one or two times. By the time I reached seminary age, I had a real hunger to have gospel questions answered. I had some hard things happen in my family during high school and my seminary teacher quickly became my hero and my advocate by not only teaching me the gospel, but by showing me through his example that I wanted to have the gospel and the Church part of my life, for good. I wanted a real testimony of my own. I wanted a different kind of home and family in my future, a happy family of my own.
I entered college and studied Art, English and Sociology. During college, I met my husband and we fell madly in love. We were soon married. After college and marriage, I started working full-time to support my husband in graduate school. That job was an education in and of itself and I will be forever grateful to the people who taught me all that I still use today. I quit working when my first baby was born. I wanted to be a stay-at-home mother. I served as Primary President with two tiny children and loved every minute of it. It was during this time that I really grew in my gospel study and personal testimony. After nearly 4 years in that calling, I was released and we moved to a new home in a new ward and I was called to be a counselor in the Relief Society presidency; I was then called to be President. My faith and testimony continued to grow and be strengthened through service, study, sacrifice, and prayer.
When our children were younger, we traveled a lot during the summer months for fiddle competitions and performances for our family bluegrass band. We have very fond memories of those days. Music and our adventures on the road bonded us like nothing else could. Our children are now grown. Our son faithfully served a Spanish-speaking mission in a third-world country and later majored in Spanish and Chemistry at college and graduated in 2015. He will be entering medical school in 2016. Our daughter will graduate college in 2016 in Mathematics and will begin her career as a secondary math teacher.
In the church I have served in many callings including Relief Society, Young Women, and Primary. I can honestly say that my favorite callings were the 4 years in Cub Scouts with my son and when I taught the 16-year-olds in Sunday School for 4 years. I currently serve as a temple ordinance worker and I support my husband as he serves as Bishop of our ward. I became intrigued with the call from prophets and apostles during General Conference to use social media to share the gospel—to blog, to speak out, to share our faith online. I started my blog, Becoming Cream, to spread my feelings about my faith, my family, and other things pertaining specifically to women. I went back to my art education and I am enjoying learning new things. I am an avid reader of all things good and interesting. My favorite book is Endurance by Alfred Lansing about the polar explorer, Ernest Shackleton. I work part-time from home doing closed captioning.
The most important thing you could know about me is that I have an unwavering testimony of the truthfulness of the restored gospel of Jesus Christ. I know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and that this is His Church. I know for a fact that God is our Father and that the Holy Ghost testifies truth to us. I know that Joseph Smith was and is the prophet of the restoration and that he was a valiant and noble man. I sustain Thomas S. Monson as our prophet today and know that he and the other apostles and prophets are called of God; I know that they speak the words of the Lord and they are His mouthpiece. I sustain and support them unequivocally. I know without a doubt that the Book of Mormon is true, for the Holy Ghost bears witness to me every single time I read it. I know that Jesus Christ will come again to this earth and that He loves us and also expects a lot from us if we are to be called His disciples. Through Christ’s atonement I know we can overcome our failures, weaknesses, losses, and heartaches. I love this church! I love to bear my witness of Jesus Christ! I am grateful and humbled to be part of Mormon Women Stand and this great cause. I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ!