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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

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 over a dozen 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 will be going back to school part-time and getting a graduate degree in Social Work.

Why I am a Mormon

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.

How I live my faith

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.

What is the Book of Mormon?

Like the Bible, the Book of Mormon is an inspired book which is another testament of Jesus Christ. The main difference between the two is timeframe and place. Whereas the Bible was written in the "Old World" the Book of Mormon was written by prophets in the "New World" of the American continents. Mormon was the name of one such prophet/historian hence the name of the book and the nickname of our Church and its members. The Book of Mormon spans a timeframe of 1,000 years from about 600 years before Christ was born to 400 years after His death. The highlight of the Book of Mormon is when Jesus Christ visits the people on the American continent after his resurrection. As he did in Biblical times, He called disciples and set up His church, blessed and taught the people, and healed the sick. To me the Book of Mormon is not only another testament of Christ, but a testimony that God loves all of His children- wherever they may be. Show more Show less

Why do Mormons baptize their new members?

We believe in following the example of Jesus Christ by being baptized. Baptism is not only a commandment, but a physical demonstration of our commitment to live the gospel and become a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. At baptism our sins our washed away and we make specific promises to God that we will always remember Jesus Christ and keep his commandments. God, in turn, promises us that we may have His Spirit to be with us. Because we are imperfect, when we sin after we are baptized we can repent and be forgiven. We are also reminded of the specific promises we made to God at baptism each week when we take the sacrament. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Just as Jesus Christ was not paid to preach the gospel and minister to others, our clergy are not paid but voluntarily give of their time to serve others. Show more Show less

Are Mormons Christians?

Yes, the full name of the Church we belong to is the Church of JESUS CHRIST of Latter-Day Saints because Jesus is the head of our church. Show more Show less

What is a “testimony” that Mormons speak of?

A testimony is one's personal beliefs in Jesus Christ, His teachings, and His church. Once a month in our weekly Church meetings we have the opportunity to publicly share our testimony with others. Sharing or "bearing" my testimony helps me to reaffirm what I believe in and many times my faith has been strengthened by hearing others share their testimonies. Show more Show less

What is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' attitude regarding homosexuality and same sex marriage?

We believe that homosexuality is a sin just as pre-marital sex or adultery are sins. We believe that God intended for marriage to be between a man and a woman. Those who struggle with same-gender attraction can still be members of our Church in good standing as long as they don't act on those desires. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe about Jesus Christ? Do Mormons believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God?

We believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and Savior of the world. Because of his death and resurrection we will be able to return to live with our Father in Heaven. Show more Show less

What do Mormons believe concerning the doctrine of grace?

We believe that it is only through the grace of Jesus Christ that we may be saved from death and sin. Show more Show less

Does The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints endorse political parties?

No. Church member's opinions on politics will obviously vary, but we are encouraged to take an active role in the voting process and in electing officials who will strengthen our families and communities and preserve the freedoms we enjoy. Show more Show less