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Hi I'm Merry

I love to sing, I love people, I love life! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a happy grandma of eighteen! My husband and I live in Utah. When I'm not enjoying a walk, you will find me doing genealogy, reading a book, playing my guitar or baking cookies for someone. Long ago I went to college and studied commercial art, then I married and we became a military family with six children. I didn't finish college for many years, but when I did go back I changed my studies to Art Education, and graduated. I taught art to young children for a while. I've also had the opportunity to work in bookstores and best of all I spent four years working with children in the public library. I did storytimes, summer library programs, entertained with puppets and my guitar, and generally had just a wonderful time. In between I did free-lance art work -- pen and ink drawings of scenic Germany and calligraphy. As a military family, we had the opportunity to spend eight years in Germany. Our family loved living there, and hope to visit again someday. Awhile back, my daughter was asked what talent I have. I thought she might mention music or art, and was surprised when she said that my talent is friendliness. It really surprised me, but when I thought about it, I realized that she is right. I love people of all ages, and enjoy getting to know them.

Why I am a Mormon

I am who I am because of the gospel of Jesus Christ. The best decision in my life was to become a Mormon. The gospel means the world to me, and I thank my Heavenly Father every single day for the missionaries who brought the gospel message to my door. The missionaries gave me a pamphlet to read, telling the story of young Joseph Smith and his prayer to know which church to join, and how Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ appeared to him. As I was reading it for the first time, I knew immediately that it was true. That was in 1972. Today, thirty-eight years later, I still know that it is true. I have never doubted for even a moment. I'm no more perfect than anyone else, but my knowledge of the gospel gives me a peace in my life that is constant. Even during hard times, and just like you I've had plenty, knowing that Jesus Christ is my Savior and that this is His Church gives me a serenity and happiness that I cannot easily explain. One of my favorite scriptures from the New Testament says it all: “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matt. 11:28–30.

How I live my faith

I love sharing the gospel with my friends and neighbors. One of the things I do is serve the women in my congregation. I am one of three women who lead our weekly meeting where we have the opportunity to learn many facets of Christ's church and His gospel. We study the scriptures and learn more of Him. We sing praises to Him. We serve Him by serving others. Our group consists mostly of elderly women who love to serve, and we do this monthly by volunteering at our church's Humanitarian Center, where we tie quilts and assemble emergency kits to be sent to victims of disaster throughout the world. I also enjoy regular visits with some of the ladies from my church. I take the opportunity to provide help to them whenever they need it. Occasionally I have the opportunity to sing in our weekly worship service. I really love to sing, and always consider my voice to be a gift that Heavenly Father blessed me with, so that I may bless the lives of others. It makes me happy when I can share in this manner.

Do Mormons practice polygamy?

Merry
No, Mormons do not practice poygamy. In fact, any Mormon who does so will find his or her church membership in jeopardy. Polygamy is against the law. One of the tenets of our church is "We believe in being subject to kings, rulers, presidents, and magistrates and obeying, honoring and sustaining the law." Article of Faith 12 Show more Show less

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

Merry
For some reason, some people have the misunderstanding that Mormon women are not considered equal to men. That always puzzles me.... In my experience, women in our church are respected and revered. Our women are not all the same, but still we all are aware that we are daughters of a Heavenly Father who loves us. You will find us in many places. We are executives in corporations, teach your children in the classroom, serve in public office on local and national levels, cashier in stores, take your blood pressure in your doctor's office, perform life-saving surgery, deliver your babies, and the list goes on and on. But regardless of whether we are employed outside of the home or are full-time homemakers and mothers, we share the knowledge of our divine nature, and our love of our families. Show more Show less