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Hi I'm Marybeth Adell

I grew up in California. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Since we became "emtpy nesters," my husband and I discovered we enjoy painting. We've been using acrylics. I also enjoy doing other projects (sewing, quilting, cooking, canning) but I really need a reason or occasion otherwise I don't make the time to do them. I graduated from BYU in my mid-thirties--I only had eight classes to finish and did it while living in Pennsylvania and Texas before we had the internet and email. I was still using a regular electric typewriter until my last class when we bought our first computer. Finishing school is something I'm very proud of and I would encourage any young mom to do it. My children were little but accomplishing that goal was important to me and so I found the time to study and do my assignments. Something I like to do for myself is walking on a regular basis. Currently, I meet friends at 6:30 a.m. Monday-Friday to walk up and down some hills. I really hate the hills and dread going each morning but I'm always glad when we're done. The best part is the great conversation which helps the time pass quickly. My husband and I have two wonderful daughters who are grown. We have a son-in-law and one precious granddaughter.

Why I am a Mormon

My ancestors were pioneers. I feel blessed to have a rich history of strong, faithful people, but they can't give me their testimonies. I know the Lord knows who I am and that He loves me. I know we are blessed to have a prophet on the earth today who receives revelation. How I was converted didn't happen all at once. It happened "line by line" as I've grown in the Gospel and have had many faith-building experiences and have felt the peace, comfort and guidance of the Holy Ghost.

How I live my faith

I love being LDS in Texas! There are lots of missionary opportunities--some I don't even realize until it's apparent they've been watching me and start asking questions. I've learned from principals and teachers that all the LDS kids are known at school. One day, for example, a football coach looked up into the bleachers and saw one of our daughters sitting with some friends. He observed she was the only one modestly dressed and he knew it had to be because she is LDS. I didn't even know a football coach knew our daughter or her religion! Both our daughters set examples in school and earned respect from their teachers, coaches, and peers. The tennis coach shed a few tears when he was introducing one of our daughters among the graduating seniors at the end-of-year tennis banquet. He said he knew she lived her religion. That means a lot since he is not LDS and he went on to say how much he appreciated her example. I know my co-workers keep an eye on me and I am always careful about my contribution to conversations. My co-workers have always known about my callings and often they have felt like they were released when I was released from callings! I know they've learned a lot about the Church and view it in a positive light because I talk openly about what we do. For instance, they know all about visiting teaching and compassionate service. They tell me I'm the compassionate service leader for our company!

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Marybeth Adell
I love this question because my mother is in Paradise right now. When I used to talk to a friend every day prior to my mom's passing away, I would speak about how sad I knew I would be because I would miss my mom but the one comfort I had was that I knew where she was going and I knew she would be with family members she loved. I knew my mom was excited to see her parents and grandparents again. She was excited to see her aunt and her mother-in-law and father-in-law, too. My mom would have been happy to live longer on this earth because she had grandchildren she wanted to enjoy but she would say it was ok if she were to pass away because she knew we will see each other again. She said to think of her as only being away--not gone completely--and someday we'll look back and think the time passed quickly before we saw each other. The interesting thing about my friend who I used to talk to on the phone daily is that she is not LDS. She would listen to me describing the afterlife and she believed every word I said even though she had never heard of an afterlife before. When her own grandfather died, she wondered aloud whether she'd need to become a Mormon in order to believe her grandfather was with loved ones in an afterlife! She was disappointed nothing about an afterlife was mentioned at his graveside service. We also believe in the resurrection. That will be a wonderful time! I look forward to seeing people who suffered in this life with physical limitations who will be resurrected with whole, healthy bodies. Show more Show less