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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a wife, mother, teacher, writer, seamstress, genealogist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up inside the beltway of our nation's capital. My father was a high school principal. My mother worked part-time as the church secretary. As a teenager, I had lots of questions about the doctrines of my church, that weren't being answered. I found the answers in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. My last week of high school, I joined the church. I graduated from BYU in Elementary Ed, served a mission, and married. We have been married for 37 years and have 5 children and 5 grandchildren. I was able to stay home most of the time that my children were growing up. Sometimes I substituted at the schools my children were attending. I taught 4th grade one year, but missed having time with the family, so now I teach half-day and love it. Children energize me, and so does homemaking. I've been able to combine both. Recently I've started writing a history of my father's family, using public documents and family stories. It is amazing what stories a simple census record contains. I love learning. I've discovered Coursera and enjoy taking classes on line. I've also been taking writing classes at the community college. I read history, novels, and psychology. Our family hikes, camps, backpacks, and bikes. Living in North Carolina allows us a long summer to enjoy fresh vegetables from our garden. Our children live all over the United States, so it is good that we like to travel. We gather as often as distance and money allow. Family is everything to us.

Why I am a Mormon

The short answer is, because it's true. How I found out is the long answer. I was raised Presbyterian. By 12 years old, I developed some questions, but was not finding answers. Where was the unity in Christ's church? Why did the Bible stop? Had God stopped revealing to man? How can the Father and Jesus be the same person? Why were we here and what would we do in heaven? When I was 17 I met a Mormon. He introduced me to the missionaries. They had answers. I prayed to know if what they were teaching me was true. At first I didn't get an answer, but I prayed again. I simply asked, "Was Joseph Smith a prophet of God?" When I knelt down I didn't know. When I got off of my knees, I knew. God the Father and Jesus Christ are separate beings, but united in their purpose to bring to pass eternal life to God's children. Christ does have one church. His doctrines are whole and pure, and He continues to reveal how to carry on His work of bringing the gospel to all of his children. Our earth life's purpose is to try our faith and give us experience, for the next step in our existence. Heaven is a place where we will continue to progress until we have received all that the Father has. Like a good earthly father, He wants us to have everything He can give us. With this new understanding, I entered adulthood with more purpose and direction than I'd ever experienced. The covenants I made at baptism to keep His commandments, kept me free from so many things that could have destroyed my young life. I chose a husband who kept his covenants and put the Lord first. I was able to fully commit to my job of Mom, because I understood that motherhood was the most important job I could have. Because of the gospel I had answers for my questioning teenagers. They made covenants that led them to productive adulthoods. I go to the Lord, seeking guidance for the next step in life. Slowly the answers are coming. Jesus Christ has always been there for me. He is there for you.

How I live my faith

One thing that attracted me to the Mormon community was the commitment to live their religion. In our family we put the Lord first. We pray together as a family, and privately. We know the Lord hears our prayers. I am so thankful to have a loving Heavenly Father who knows me and cares enough to answer my needs. Everyday we study the scriptures together. We reserve Sunday for worshipful activities. We pay our tithing. Once a week we sit down and have a "Family Home Evening", where we discuss gospel principles and how we can live them in our family. I could not have raised my children so easily without the principles of the gospel and the help of the church family. After our children were adults, we asked our children why they didn't rebel. One of the more adventuresome of them answered, "You lived what you taught us." We serve in the church and in our community. For instance, our congregation supports a homeless outreach program with other churches in our community. We all do something in our congregation. I have taught lessons, led organizations for the children, teenage girls, and the women. I've even played the piano. These experiences have been wonderful opportunities to serve the Lord. When asked, we love to explain why we love the Gospel of Jesus Christ so much. The teachings of Jesus Christ give our lives meaning.