Hi I'm Maggie
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, learning 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. Its 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 still living below my potential, but at least I'm heading in the right direction.
How can your talents and gifts bless others?
Everyone has talents but some are harder to find than others. I am not musically talented. I love to sculpt and am very crafty which can be a fun talent to share. I began wondering about what other talents I had that were really useful. I always joke that being a klutz is my talent. This kind of started to bother me and I wondered why the Lord had "blessed me" with 2 left feet and all thumbs. I wasn't expecting an answer, but I got one. I don't panic in emergencies or at the sight of blood. I have lots of first hand experience with all kinds of emergencies. Because of my talent, I have sought further training for emergency situations and first aid. Now my talent has blessed my kids that seem to inherited the klutz talent. They don't freak and know what to do. I have been called upon to share the knowledge from this talent many times. The Lord makes weak things become strong in this way and in everyone that will let Him.
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.