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Hi I'm Marie

I'm a writer, photographer & social media educator. I love my family, my life & the outdoors. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of four great kids and zookeeper to a house full of pets. I married my best friend more than 25 years ago and life has been a non-stop adventure ever since. I work from my home as a writer and photographer and I teach people how to create websites and use the internet to run their businesses. I love my job because it means I can take care of my family financially and be home to take care of their other needs as well. When I'm not busy wrangling kids and small animals, I love the outdoors. I spend as much time as I can out with my family and friends hiking, exploring and photographing our beautiful world and using my photographs to create inspirational art pieces. I also love music and have played the flute and piano since childhood. I'm blessed to have shared that love of music with my children so our home is always filled with music.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a Mormon since my childhood. We lived across the street from another Mormon family and we were all friends. When the missionaries visited our home, my parents welcomed them and we eventually made the decision for my parents and older sister to be baptized. I attended the children's classes and then the youth program when I became a teenager. I loved to read and study, so I spent a lot of time reading books about Mormons and about the church's teachings. I wanted to know how others came to love and understand the gospel and why. As I grew, I began to understand the different principles of Christ's gospel and the teachings of His church. I was 17 when I fully accepted the truthfulness of the gospel and knew it would be a permanent part of my life. Throughout my life, I have had many experiences that have reinforced my knowledge that this is the true and complete gospel of Jesus Christ and that the Mormon Church is His church upon the earth today. I know that we are led by a living prophet to whom God speaks and reveals what we need to know to make it through this life. I spend a lot of time in the out of doors. God and Jesus Christ's love for us is so evident in this beautiful world so lovingly created for us. I see the hand of God in the mountains and deserts, the trees and flowers, the rocks and the animals. I love especially to see the sunrise and watch how the sun brings color and life to a dark and cold world, just as the Son of God brings color and life to what would otherwise be a cold and dark existence.

How I live my faith

I currently am blessed and privileged to work with the 14- and 15-year-old girls at church. My younger daughters are teenagers and I love being able to see them interact with the other girls as they learn and grow in the gospel. I feel fortunate to work in this organization with a wonderful group of women who love one another and who love and support these girls in the challenges of being a teen today. I recently was able to work with the youth in our area to help organize a youth conference where all of the teens in our city came together to make new friends, enjoy each other's company, perform service for our community and share their talents and their testimonies with one another. My faith is an important part of my everyday life. My work allows me many opportunities to express my faith both through my photography and my writing and to strengthen my faith by sharing my beliefs with others. We attend church weekly as a family and Sunday dinner discussion is usually about the things we learned at church that day. We pray and study together as a family throughout the week and we encourage our children to ask questions both about our beliefs and the beliefs of people they meet or read about in the news to help them understand the gospel and that everyone is a beloved child of our Heavenly Father regardless of their religious affiliation.

Can a husband and wife be together forever? Do Mormons believe that families will live together in heaven?

Yes. We do believe that husbands and wives will be able to continue to live as husband and wife after this life. We do also believe that we will live again with our families in heaven. My father died many years ago when I was a young adult. I remember on the morning of his passing, just after I received the news, as I began to pray for comfort, I received a strong assurance from the Holy Ghost that I would see him again and that he would always be my father and I would always know him as such. Show more Show less