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Nine-year-old Gabriella Kate Willson has several names. Her dad nicknamed her Nugget since she is a very happy, bright, and precious girl. She is happy at home as well as at school where she won an award for the student with the brightest and happiest smile. But the name most people like to call her is Gabbi.
Gabbi knows that part of making a house a happy home is keeping it clean, and she enjoys doing it! Her mother says, “I appreciate Gabbi’s good attitude and sense of responsibility in doing her chores.” She and her sister, Alicia (11), take turns doing the dishes, setting the table, and fixing breakfast. Every Saturday they take turns vacuuming, dusting, and cleaning their bedroom and the bathroom. Gabbi also likes to help her brother, Bradley (5), do his chores.
Becoming a member of the Church was a very happy day for Gabbi. She remembers eagerly looking forward to her baptism and confirmation. “I felt fresh and clean after my baptism. I decided I would try to be nicer to my brother and sister. I’m trying to be very patient with my brother while I help him learn to read.”
Family Home Evening
Scripture charades and scripture mastery are two activities Gabbi enjoys participating in during family home evening. One lesson that she liked preparing with her sister was on Christ’s Crucifixion. Biko (sticky coconut rice pudding) is a favorite family treat.
Start the Day Right
Each morning before Gabbi’s dad goes to work, the family gathers together to read the scriptures and have family prayer. Gabbi is happy they start each day this way because she loves to read the scriptures. She learned to read at the age of four and read the Book of Mormon at the age of five. “I especially enjoy reading about Alma, Helaman, and the stripling warriors,” Gabbi says.
School and the Gospel
Maths and spelling are two subjects Gabbi enjoys. And playing T-ball at recess is fun. She knows that one of the best ways she can be a missionary at school is to set a good example and be kind. “If my friends are doing something wrong, I tell them that I won’t do it because I don’t feel good about it,” Gabbi explains. Each year the school has a speech contest. One year she talked about the Church and the next year she talked about the changes in the environment. When Gabbi was asked to represent her grade in the speech competition, she thought it was very scary. “I practiced and practiced so I wouldn’t be afraid,” she says.
Gabbi adores her pet guinea pig, Ginger. The first thing Gabbi does every morning when she gets up is check on Ginger. And the first thing she does when she gets home from school is check on Ginger again to make sure she still has food and water. “Every third day, I clean her cage,” Gabbi says. In fact, she would like to become a veterinarian someday. “Then I could have lots of animals!” she declares.
What Makes Gabbi Happy
Taking piano lessons from her grandmother, and practicing
Attending Primary and sacrament meeting where she likes to take notes on the talks
Reading, especially mysteries
Spending time at the beach with her family collecting shells, making sandcastles, and playing in the waves
Writing in her journal at least once a week
Keeping in touch by e-mail with family who live in England, Spain, and Thailand
Writing personal notes for her mom and dad
Eating lasagna and anything chocolate, like chocolate-chip cookies or chocolate ice cream
Photographs by Julie Wardell and Janet Thomas