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Hi I'm Maryanne

I'm a Mormon. I was born into the church. Strayed away for 10 years but happy to be back on the path of righteousness.

About Me

I am a mother of 4 children and a step. I was born in 1980. I am married to a non-member. I am a stay at home mom. I am studying to be a herbal ayurvedic doctor. one of my goals in life is to find the truth in all things.

Why I am a Mormon

First I was born into the church. and that is where I started........................................................................ But. as a teenager I left the church (became inactive) for about 10 years. I did everything under the sun............................................................................................................................. But slowly I started thinking about what I believed. was I being true to who I really was? I decided that though I had grown up in the church I really didn't have a testimony of it for myself. I had never read any of the scriptures all the way through. I knew the stories but that was about all.................................................................................................................. so I started with the bible. and immediately I saw that there were things that simply didn't make since.... if Adam and Eve were the first people and Cain and Able were the first children... Where did the city of Nod come from? and his family and servants? and the people he was afraid would kill him?.... then I was shocked to find out that Noah was not on the boat for only 40 days, but more like 13 months. ....................................................................................................................................... Looking to find flaw with the Bible and to be able to simply dismiss it, I wrote down the Genealogy from Adam to Noah to see if anyone had lived after the flood and wasn't on the boat.... but no. they were all dead, so that was good.................................................................................................................................................................. really wanting to know what the church said about these biblical discrepancies, I invited missionaries over, I had many questions for them, and proved to be a difficult challenge. but the missionary that came one day had been a Jew before being converted to LDS. and he KNEW his bible. and he showed me the answers to my questions were contained mostly in the Doctrine and Covenants and in the Pearl of Great Price. Two books I had never read more than a few passages in. finding that the church had the answers was great, but that wasn't enough................................................................................................................................................................................................................. I coincidental about this same time was working at a Catholic church, as a born LDS it was quite interesting to discover the inner workings of a catholic church. to write the sermons for the priest, and the subtle differences between what was willing to be taught and what was believed. I love those people so as not to disrespect them I will only give a small example of what I mean. during our weekly meetings the priest and laymen would complain about the way people were dressing at church, and the complete disrespect and inappropriate attire I would ask why not give a sermon on appropriate church clothes shows our love for God. but NO they were afraid to cause any discomfort to their members, and would allow the members to dictate what was to be taught. and mostly for fear of Money loss. .......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... anyways I had a wonderful chance to study another church besides the LDS, and I was able to talk with a former Jew about why he converted. and I continued to wonder about the inner workings of the mormon church. the more I searched the more I agreed with the Gospel of the LDS church. ................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... I have read the Bible, the Book of Mormon, The Doctrine and Covenants, the Pearl of Great Price, the Joseph Smith Translation of the Bible, a great deal of Mormon & Joseph Smith History. I have also read the Quran, the Bahagala Veda (sp), the Yogi Philosophy, the Book of Enoch, a great many Apocryphal books both those in the Catholic Bible, and those not found there. the Kolbrin Bible, the Magical cottage, the celestine prophecy, the church of Scientology . and many many other religious and pseudo religious texts. amd I continue to read and study all that I can find. ......................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... after reading and studying many of these books I came to a conclusion. that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these books had some basis of truth in them. some more than others. but the LDS church had the most truth. .................................................................................................................................................................................. My mom, had told me once a quote from someone she couldn't remember who, had said, that the churches in the world had the gospel and how much they had was like a piano some churches had a few keys some had many, but no matter how you played those keys they simply didn't sound quite right, good, but not perfect. but the more I listened to the gospel of the LDS church the more I realized that it had all of the keys or at least way more than any other church I had found. .............................................................................................................................................................................................................. so after a great deal of repentance and life style changes and struggles with my husband who didn't want me to change my ways. I found my way back to my path of righteousness. It is still a struggle sometimes, to live the way I know that i should. but I KNOW that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the most true church available in the world today. I also know that Jesus said to John and James that if they are not against us, they are for us. and there are many wonderful Christian people in this world doing the best with what knowledge they have, and are ready for................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................. I also know that the church leaders are led by God. I have witnessed this personally. I also know that we are each entitled to individual revelation, and that God can and will reveal to us truth if we ask for it, and are willing to hear the answer.

How I live my faith

As a mother of 4 children under 8. my main focus right now is in raising my children to know the gospel. getting them ready for baptism....................................... We attend our church meetings every Sunday. The children love to be at church. and I love to be surrounded by my church family. since my husband is not a member, it is a difficult task to take my children to sit in a pew for an hour especially since one of them is 8 months old and another 2 yrs. but the members are both understanding and helpful. many other mom's and dads offer help even a few regulars who sit behind us every Sunday to help watch the kids if I need to take the baby out for a minute...................................................................... I have had callings in the past. Genealogy consultant, volunteered in the Family History center. primary teacher (teaching the children in Sunday school).

What is the Word of Wisdom that Mormons talk about?

Maryanne
The Word of Wisdom is a revelation received of God to all of us, to protect us against evil conspiring. and teaches us God's diet plan. the most amazing aspect of this is that it was revealed to us in the mid 1800's ..................................................................................... in the most simplest of explanations........................................................ Tobacco is bad for us - but is an herb like other herbs has its uses (external use for bruises) - we now know of the conspiring that had happened there. drinking hard alcohol is bad for us to drink but good for sterilization (washing the body) All Wholesome herbs are good to use with prudence and skill eat your veggies and fruits with thankfulness in their season eat meat sparingly and wild meat in times of famine..................................................................................................................................... the most controversial though is the prohibited use of Hot drinks and the encouraged use of barley drinks ............................................ Hot drinks it was revealed to us further that Hot drinks meant coffee and tea specifically. we can see how these two drinks are bad for our bodies. coffee is dehydrating and highly addictive. Black tea is fermented. is very bad for us highly addictive and hold none of the beneficial nutrients that a Camellia herbal infusion would hold for medicinal purposes. ..................................................... what then about caffeine. Caffeine is an herb, like tobacco it has its uses, but like alcohol & coffee it is addictive. I personally feel that caffeine is ok when used has a medicine. drink a soda to stay awake, or to relieve a headache, but avoid the daily routine. anytime any addiction is in control we are not, and that is against the word of wisdom, and the Gospel of Christ. ................................................ Barley drinks a lot of people think this means beer is ok. it is not. Barley water is a mild drink, full of nutrition. as are many other grain and herb water drinks. and it can be made to be very yummy. my kids love it. don't believe me it is a common drink... listen to the Mary Poppins song the children sing about who they want for a new nanny. - it is made by boiling barley pearls for about a half hour and straining adding honey and lemon and chilling until luke warm and serve. good cold too, but I like it half warm. ......................................................................... The end of the Word of Wisdom is a promise from God that if we do these things we will be blessed with health and with wisdom. ............................................................................................................................ as I have studied herbalism and natural medicine I have found that God's diet plan protects us from the preprocessed foods, the Bpa in our canned goods, the various mystery ingredients called natural and artificial flavorings etc. it is also the best diet plan for optimum health. leaves out all he extreme diet plans atkins and grapefruit diets etc. and as I strive to live the word of wisdom, I have found that great treasures of wisdom have been opened up to me, especially revealing how wonderful God is and how much he loves us to have given us this great bit of help for us, so long ago, way before it became such a big issue. but I am glad he did and that it is here to help guide us. Show more Show less