Hi I'm Mary Helen
I'm a grandmother of three. My grandchildren call me "Noni", my children call me "Mom" and my freinds call me "Hairy Melon"! I graduated from BYU with a degree in Interior Design and I have worked for the past twenty years as the office manager for a steel business. I love to read and travel and of course I love to spend time with my grandchildren!
Why I am a Mormon
I was born and raised in the church. My father comes from a long line of Mormon pioneers. My mother was the first person in her family to join the church. Even though I was raised knowing about the church I had to gain my own testimony. I guess when I was about 12 or 13 years old I attended a Youth Conference where I realized that the things that I had been taught were really true. I knowledge has never changed. It has been added to but the basic knowledge is the same. I think the most important aspect of the gospel to me is eternal family. I come from a large family and the importance of family is brought to my mind every day. I believe that families are eternal and for that I am grateful. As I watched my only son married in the temple and sealed for all time and eternity to his beautiful bride I began to understand a little more about the concept of eternal families. I remember as a small child being sealed to my parents. I was only 5 years old but I still remember how I felt that day. And as I have watched each of my grandchildren come into this world I can more fully see the continuity of generations of my family - both ancestors and descendants. The older I get the more important my eternal family becomes to me.
Please explain the part prayer plays in your life?
Prayers is the way that we communicate with our Father in Heavan. There have been many times in my life when I did not know what course to take concerning a decision I had to make. With prayer it helps us to know what to do. Sometimes prayers can be over very simple things and other times in can be life altering things. A number of years ago when I went back to school at BYU there was just me and my 8 year old son. We were 2000 miles away from all our freinds and family. On the first day of school I took him to his new school and got him settled. I left and went to my classes. When I returned home I expected him to be home from school at a certain time. We only lived less than a block from his school so he was going to walk home. The time came and went that he was supposed to be home. It got to be 30 minutes later and then an hour. By this time I was panicking. I got down on my knees and began to prayer that my little boy would find his way home safely. As I said amen, the front door opened and there he was. After a few tears and lots of hugs I asked him what had happened. He said when they let the kids out at the end of the day he started walking but then realized that he didn't know where he was. I realized that I had taken him in the front of the school and at the end of the day the children were dismissed out of the back of the school. He walked for awhile and then he remembered what we had talked about prayer. He stopped where he was and said a prayer asking Heavenly Father to help him find his way home. At the end of his prayer he opend his eyes, lifted his head and heard a voice say "turn right at the next corner". Once he turned he knew where he was. We both learned that day that prayers are answered and that Heavenly Father listened to all of us - not just mothers or fathers but to little 8 year old boys.
How I live my faith
As part of living my faith I work with the young women ages 12-18. I am what is called the Personal Progress leader. Each young woman is encouraged to complete her Personal Progress requirements during this time. This involves hundreds of hours of scripture reading, journal writing, service to other, learning various skills, learning about our Savior Jesus Christ and living a clean and vitruous life. My job is to help them achieve this. I really have to be on my toes because I have to do the same things that they are doing and it's not easy. I also sing with our choir which helps to bring me closer to my heavenly father. When we sing of him I feel his spirit and hopefully those that hear us also feel it. Another way that I try to live my faith is to follow the example of my parents - both who are in their late 80s. They are still actively working in the church and a few years ago served as missionaries. If I can strive to do only a small portion of the things that they has done I will have accomplished alot. I try to be an example at my place of employment by having pictures of the Savior in my office so that when I am stressed out I can take a break and look at them and hopefully get a feeling of peace to get me through the day.