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Hi I'm Marian

I grew up in beautiful Minnesota. I moved west to attend college, married, and am raising 5, soon to be 6, sons! I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My most important and time-consuming job now is of course mothering. Having grown up with 3 brothers and no sisters, I find myself in very familiar territory as a mother to only boys. It is so much fun! When the wrestling, story-reading, flag-football cheering, cello and piano-practicing and all else child-related is finished each day, I try to fit in something I enjoy doing. I love to create, so that could be anything from diving into a sewing project to creating a digital photobook, or simply sitting down to play and sing at the piano. I love to learn, so I'll often be found reading, and often reading a how-to or non-fiction book, although I do love a good classic too. I graduated with a degree in Zoology, with an emphasis in Human Biology and a minor in Chemistry. I love the world around me and have discovered a recent love for historical documentaries, as I believe I must have been dozing during those classes in high school and college. My other love is running. Although this passion has been interrupted off and on by now 6 pregnancies, my love for the outdoors has been greatly nurtured by many long runs on trails in the beautiful outdoors. Nature is evidence of our Heavenly Father's love for us and I feel closer to Him when I am in its surrounds. At the advent of this sixth pregnancy, I was diagnosed with thyroid cancer and am in the midst of its treatment.

Why I am a Mormon

I have been a member of this church since I was baptized when I was 8 years old. I am very grateful for having been a member for the majority of my life. I have felt a close relationship to my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ throughout my life, and am grateful as my life has had challenges that were weathered by relying on this relationship. When I was 10 years old I was diagnosed with scoliosis and at age 12 was treated with a full back brace that extended from a ring that went around my neck and went down to a girdle around my hips. I was instructed to wear this brace for 2 years for 23 hours a day. This for me, represented one of my first major trials in my life and at that time, I intuitively knew that I needed to turn to the Lord and I knew that He would help me. That time was so special to me because I can still remember kneeling to pray to God that He would help me not to be scared, and be able to endure this experience. I felt so strongly His love and peace that I felt when I prayed to Him. I had learned as a child in church about Him and that I could turn to Him in prayer, and my life has been blessed ever since. The world does not teach one to have faith, but it is certainly the most powerful thing we can have! Two months ago, during a routine prenatal visit for this pregnancy, my doctor discovered a lump on my thyroid that was subsequently diagnosed as cancerous. I had the same reaction I had as a 10-year old girl when I received that news, and immediately prayed to my Heavenly Father for His peace and love and that I would be guided through this experience. I have felt His love and peace throughout this ordeal, and know that there is a specific plan for me and my life. I wish everyone in the whole world knew of their Heavenly Father, and His love and plan for them. I believe we are all His children and He desires our happiness and that each one of us would return to Him.

How I live my faith

Because my identity is so deeply rooted in being a mother, I believe I live my faith first through that responsibility of being a mother. I believe that our God has entrusted me with my children and it is my most important responsibility to teach them solid moral principles. The world we live in today is a confusing place to be, especially for a child! I want them to know who they are, and even their eternal identity. We lived before this life, and each one has a great purpose to their life on this earth, and we will return to live with God one day! I believe if they can know these things, they will be able to navigate through their lives and be able to have joy, despite what may come their way. In my local congregation, I have been asked to help work with the young women. I don't get much girl time at home, so I think this opportunity is perfect for me! Each Sunday we spend an hour together and have a gospel lesson and discussion. I learn so much from them and admire how strong these girls are! Each week we have an activity as well, which serves to strengthen their faith and help them learn and grow into wonderful women. There's an amazing program of goal-making and achieving for the young women to participate in called the Personal Progress program. There are seven values that surround the goals that they set, some include; Faith, Knowledge, Individual Worth, Virtue. I am so grateful for this program and again the direction and knowledge it gives each girl. I also have a responsibility in my congregation as a visiting teacher. A visiting teacher is given the name of two or three, and sometimes more, other women in the ward that they visit and watch over. I also have visiting teachers that visit me! I have been blessed in being a visiting teacher and being visited by my own. I have formed many close friendships and have been supported through difficult times in my life through this program. I am so grateful to be a member of this church!