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Hi I'm Maggie

I was a small town Idaho girl. Life happened, now i'm an idaho girl in germany. i'm a wife, mom, photographer, and i'm a mormon.

About Me

I'm a middle aged mom of 3, wife, daughter, granddaughter, aunt, niece, yada etc. I was a school bus driver, girl scout/boy scout leader, scrapbooker, crafter, gardener, smart mouth in a small Idaho town. I was surrounded by extended family and friends. Now, I'm still smart mouth, but I'm learning to do it in a different language on a different continent. Sometimes, life throws you curves. I ride them like a roller coaster. Here I am, in a sea of strangers. i have learned a new language, and a new culture. I'm grateful that I have my husband and my children by my side. I am grateful for prayer so that I can speak to my Father in Heaven. I am grateful for the knowledge that God loves me, listens to me, and walks beside me. As life gets harder and begins to test my limits, I remember all of the things I am grateful for. Things like toilet paper, elastic, hot dogs, sand, toothbrushes and bare toes. It's the silly things that keep me going. I am grateful that God gave me a sense of humor. Laughing keeps me moving forward. I am grateful for the little victories, the little joys in life. I am grateful for the trials that have pushed me past what I thought my limits were. I have learned that I can do more than I ever thought I could. I have learned that I can move mountains if that is the direction the Lord wants me to go.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised LDS but stopped going to church when I was a teen. As time went on, I felt like I was missing something important. When I became a mother, I knew that I wanted my kids to have more to stand on than what the world was offering. Eventually, I returned to church and realized that I was living below my potential. Now, i'm striving to reach my potential. i'm not there yet, and won't be in this life, but i definitely have a direction and much more help getting there. i realized that the Lord had a lot more planned for me than i ever imagined. who knew i could do so many things? my creator, my Heavenly father did, that's who. this is how you get where He has planned for you. it's not the easy path, but it is so worth it.

How I live my faith

My best friend tells me that "being Mormon" isn't a religion, its a lifestyle. She's right. We read the scriptures and pray as a family and on own every day. We go to church every Sunday and try to do all of the right things. It's not in the "things" though. Truly "being Mormon" is in the little things you do, and the reason you do it. I teach my children by doing and then sharing the reasons behind my actions. One of the things I have learned is that no matter how hard things are or how little you have, there is service to be done. Its often hardest to serve those nearest you but its also most important I think.

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

First, I don't think any of our Apostles or Prophets would say that his wife is his equal, they tend to say that she is greater than he is. Men and women are equal in the church, but different. We have different jobs and are in charge of different things. If everyone does the same job, there are a lot of things not getting done. That's just common sense. Are Mormon women like? They are amazing! When you first come to church and see everyone dressed up for church it looks like they are all so perfect. I was very intimidated when I went back to church at first. Then I started to get to know people and realized that the "Sunday view" is very limited. We all have hard times and do wrong things. Ultimately, we are all sisters. When we moved to Germany, I was worried about being alone in a strange country and a new language. Our first Sunday happened to be one with a lunch after the service. It was full of pot-luck food and everyone enjoying the company. Everyone made sure we were included. Afterward, the men started to put away tables and I heard a familiar sound in the kitchen. The women were joking and laughing while doing dishes. It felt like home. A couple of the sisters spoke some English and asked me if I had come all the way from America to do dishes. That's always what I have found though. Mormon women are stronger because of each other, they always have someone to talk to, to laugh with, to joke with, to cry on, to vent to. Mormon women are amazing. Show more Show less