What Is a Church Community?
Loading.....

The video player could not be built.

Do you want to chat with a missionary?

We are happy to answer any questions you may have. Start a chat or call us at 1-888-537-6600.

Hi I'm Mary Helen

I grew up in Alabama. I love my family. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a grandmother of three. My grandchildren call me "Noni", my children call me "Mom" and my freinds call me "Hairy Melon"! I graduated from BYU with a degree in Interior Design and I have worked for the past twenty years as the office manager for a steel business. I love to read and travel and of course I love to spend time with my grandchildren!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised in the church. My father comes from a long line of Mormon pioneers. My mother was the first person in her family to join the church. Even though I was raised knowing about the church I had to gain my own testimony. I guess when I was about 12 or 13 years old I attended a Youth Conference where I realized that the things that I had been taught were really true. I knowledge has never changed. It has been added to but the basic knowledge is the same. I think the most important aspect of the gospel to me is eternal family. I come from a large family and the importance of family is brought to my mind every day. I believe that families are eternal and for that I am grateful. As I watched my only son married in the temple and sealed for all time and eternity to his beautiful bride I began to understand a little more about the concept of eternal families. I remember as a small child being sealed to my parents. I was only 5 years old but I still remember how I felt that day. And as I have watched each of my grandchildren come into this world I can more fully see the continuity of generations of my family - both ancestors and descendants. The older I get the more important my eternal family becomes to me.

How I live my faith

As part of living my faith I work with the young women ages 12-18. I am what is called the Personal Progress leader. Each young woman is encouraged to complete her Personal Progress requirements during this time. This involves hundreds of hours of scripture reading, journal writing, service to other, learning various skills, learning about our Savior Jesus Christ and living a clean and vitruous life. My job is to help them achieve this. I really have to be on my toes because I have to do the same things that they are doing and it's not easy. I also sing with our choir which helps to bring me closer to my heavenly father. When we sing of him I feel his spirit and hopefully those that hear us also feel it. Another way that I try to live my faith is to follow the example of my parents - both who are in their late 80s. They are still actively working in the church and a few years ago served as missionaries. If I can strive to do only a small portion of the things that they has done I will have accomplished alot. I try to be an example at my place of employment by having pictures of the Savior in my office so that when I am stressed out I can take a break and look at them and hopefully get a feeling of peace to get me through the day.

How are modesty and chastity related? How can parents teach their children to be modest in dress, language and behavior?

Mary Helen
Our youth are encouraged to be modest and chaste. They have a booklet called "For the Strength of Youth" in which there is a section on this topic which speaks in very plain language about what is and isn't acceptable. If we dress and act modestly then it's easier to keep our thoughts clean and avoid unchaste behavior. Often in our society we are bombarded with immodest dress and behavior. There have been many studies done which link immodesty and immorality. The best way for parents to teach their children is through their own example of modest dress and behavior. My son and his wife decided when they got married that their children would be dressed modestly and that they would do likewse. If you start with they are infants then as they grow and mature acting and dressing modestly is a habit. If they have been taught when they are young then when they become teens they will know what is and isn't modest. Show more Show less