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Hi I'm Mary Lou

Was raised in Ohio & now a busy grandma in Tennessee - loving songbirds, good friends and all things uplifting. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Some of my favorite things to do are spending time with family & friends, enjoying the outdoors, reading, cooking,listening to uplifting music & helping people whenever I can. As a young girl, I loved the Scouting program and was a Girl Scout from grade school throughout high school. I learned to love meeting new people, appreciating the diversity of cultures and being involved in community service. Having been raised in a large family, I enjoy my family connections. My husband & I have been fortunate to have been blessed with 6 children of our own. I later returned to school and earned a degree in Social Work & try to use my skills in building stronger people and communities. I am priviledged to have a wonderful family and many good friends to inspire and uplift me. Life is Good!

Why I am a Mormon

At a very young age, I realized that there were many unanswered questions in my mind & heart regarding what my purpose was in life. I attended many churches in my young adult life searching for these answers. On a trip to visit friends out West, I spent some time in a rural Mormon farming community. I was so impressed by the lifestyle and standards of the people I met! It was the first time I had seen a group of people living in every way, the principles of their faith so passionately and completely. The people I met were warm, loving people who were eager to serve those around them. I also had the opportunity to visit an LDS Temple which was open to the public. There I had a very personal experience allowing me to recognize that the Latter Day Saint people possessed something that was missing in my life. I recognized my own unworthiness & realized that I could make changes in my life that would bring me closer to my Heavenly Father. Following this experience I began to study & pray. I found it comforting to know that I didn't have to take anyone else 's word to know whether this church was true or not. I read & followed Moroni 10:3-5 & received a very real & personal answer to my sincere prayer. I was then baptized & now like to say "..the rest is history!" And I must add that the sweet assurance, joy and peace which I have received through living the principles of the gospel have been the essence of my most cherished blessings. And this is why I 'm a Mormon!

How I live my faith

I love the many opportunities I have to live my faith. Within my own home, I've been able to practice putting the gospel into action by serving my husband & children. When I make mistakes & fall short of my goal of Christ-like living, I've been able to ask forgiveness and start again. Teaching my children through words & actions and creating a home that is a refuge from the storms of life have been one of the greatest things I think I can do to live my faith. Within the church I have served in numerous capacities from teaching children to serving in leadership positions within our women's organization and youth program. I have been given the opportunity to research and present talks to large congregations & small groups as well as to provide "watch care" to others in my church family through our monthly visiting teaching program. Within my community, I consistently strive to set a good example of righteous living by trying to be a good neighbor & sharing my talents with those in need while also attempting to let my "light shine" so that others will recognize the source of all my blessings & talents. I also prayerfully seek out opportunities to share the gospel with others who may be searching as I was so many years ago. The motivation to live my faith is found through my continued love & devotion to my Savior Jesus Christ who went about doing good continuously; extending grace & mercy to all those who humbly sought His healing touch.