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Hi I'm Abby Marie

I love sports, especially Nebraska football. I am a news junkie. I love being an Auntie! I enjoy being creative. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska and I love living in the mid-west. I have two sisters and one brother. My parents did everything they could to give us a great childhood. I feel lucky because we lived in an amazing neighborhood with great friends, didn’t have a lot of worries and grew up loving life. We are an avid sports family. I played fast pitch softball, along with my two sisters, and spent much of my teen years on the ball field. We traveled every weekend playing in tournaments in the summers. I loved it! Early on we were taught lessons in planning as we had a family council every Sunday to plan who was going where each week. In high school I played softball, basketball and threw the shot put and discus for the track team. I also woke up early every morning to attend a scripture study class at 6:15 AM for all four years of high school. When the decision came to go to college I decided to stay home and attend our local university. It was a great decision for me. Then after I year I decided to go to BYU-Provo for a semester. I soon figured out I am better off in Omaha and moved back to finish school. I was active in a singles congregation at church and met some really amazing people that I am still in contact with today. I graduated with a degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Psychology. I run a practice for a financial advisor and really enjoy helping others. I still love to watch sports, being with my family and most of all being an aunt!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family with ties to the Mormon faith. At the time my mother was doing her best to be active in the Church, but my father was not. I grew up most of my childhood going to Church and even though I remember my father going, he didn’t always live the standards of the church. My dad finally decided to get active and really involved in the church. When I was 15 my family was sealed together for time and all eternity in our temple in Ogden, Utah. I will never forget the feeling of peace and pure joy that I felt on that day. It was a beautiful experience for my family and one that stays with me to this day. I am Mormon because it helps me to be happy. Honestly there have been times in my life when I did not think I needed the church or I doubted whether I am good enough, but I know now more than ever that when I live as we are taught I am blessed. I am given direction in a sometimes harsh world; it helps me to have a guideline for my life. I feel the Savior’s love for me and I am in awe. I know that as I do my best to live by these standards I am given so much. It is funny because the world thinks we have all these rules, but what most don’t realize is the freedom you receive when you live an authentic life. When you truly know who you are and where you are going. When I have a path to follow and guidance I feel blessed beyond measure. I am Mormon because I want to be with my family forever and I want to return to my Father in Heaven.

How I live my faith

I like to think I live my faith by my actions. I try my best to be happy, helpful and giving. The best example we can learn from is our Savior. He gave of service countless times without being asked. He served others without thinking about his needs. To me when we are genuine and gracious to others we can’t go wrong. Christ’s example is something I strive towards, but let’s be honest sometimes it is difficult to do everything we desire. Sometimes the daily grind gets in the way or we let other things take up our time. This life is our chance to prove who we are and what we stand for. My ultimate goal is to return to my Heavenly Father; so I need to do everything I can in this life to return to Him. I hope I am constantly improving and desiring to do good deeds in my community. Since we are each asked to actively participate in our congregations we are given assignments to help teach, train and advise each other. I am thrilled right now to be teaching the 3-4 year olds in our children’s program. I learn so much from the kids and they are such a joy to see each week. I do my best to teach them how to be good kids and to teach them about our Savior. The time I spend with them each Sunday is very precious to me!

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Abby Marie
Mormon women are as different as can be. I know women that are doctors, scientists, advisors, secretaries, stay at home moms, nurses, teachers, and many more. We are women brought together by our faith and are constantly trying to do our best. I can vividly remember when I was 11 years old I was in a Sunday school class and the topic was the roles of men and women. I remember I was upset when we were discussing the different roles and I asked why women don’t hold the priesthood. I will never forget the husband and wife that were teaching the lesson. The wife got right up and took over the lesson and explained things to me in a way that made so much sense and I felt totally empowered as a young woman in the church. While the roles men and women play in life are different, we believe we are all equal in the eyes of God and our leaders. Women have a divine role to bring children into this world and to nurture, teach and prepare them for life’s challenges. Naturally men are right alongside their wives with this responsibility, but the women I have seen are just better at it. They are more patient, kind, loving, and thoughtful. Children need their moms throughout their lives, but at young ages it is vital that they are nurtured in a way it seems to me only a mother can. Honestly it is really about a husband and wife working together. Both should bring their strengths to the family and work in harmony. Show more Show less

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Abby Marie
For me truth is revealed the more I study and it is a continuing process. Truth is confirmed to me as I put in the work by studying and praying. I first decided to really pray about the church around age 18-19. I also studied the scriptures and as I did this I was comforted with a peace. There have also been times in my life when the Holy Ghost confirms to me that I know Mormonism is true. I would describe it as a burning in my chest and my heart usually pounds really fast. As I study and learn about new principles I also receive confirmation that the church is true and what I am learning is true. Show more Show less