Hi I'm Mary
I'm a Mormon.
I love being a mom, sneaking in time to read a good book between dishes and laundry, playing a game of Words with Friends, watching movies with my husband, and getting outdoors- preferably in warm and sunny weather. I am the mother of three children who joined our family through adoption. I have always had an interest in child welfare and my husband and I have been foster parents to eleven beautiful children, including our two youngest children whom we were able to adopt after they had been in our care for a year and a half. I love learning about different cultures and studying history and the social sciences. I look forward to going back to school in the future and getting a graduate degree in Social Work.
When I was a missionary I was often asked "Are you a convert or were you raised in the Church?" The answer to that is "both". Although I was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints I had to discover the truth of His gospel and gain a personal testimony for myself. In my teenage years I began to examine my personal beliefs in order to decide if I truly believed what I had been taught all my life or if I was just going along with things because that's how I was raised. Through much pondering, prayer, and study of the Book of Mormon the Holy Ghost confirmed to me through feelings of peacefulness and other fruits of the Spirit that the teachings of Jesus Christ and the organization of His Church are true. I am grateful for the love that God has for His children and that He calls modern day prophets to lead and guide us, just as he did in the days of Moses.
I think the most important way I live my faith is simply by following the "Golden Rule" and treating others how Christ would. I also feel it's important to have a personal relationship with my Heavenly Father by praying daily- not only by myself but praying together as a family. It is very comforting to know that I can pray anytime, anywhere, and express the desires of my hearts, my frustrations, or anything on my mind to a loving Father who will answer my prayers in his wisdom when and how he sees fit.