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Hi I'm Marie Northrup

I grew up with two families. My first family was my biological family and my second family adopted me at age 10. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I have learned that one of the quickest ways to overcome adversity is to tackle it head on, realize that the Lord is in control and with the proper attitude you will emerge stronger, happier and wiser, no matter what the trial. I love being a mother. My children and husband have brought me joy beyond my wildest dreams. I'm a horse lover with two horses. I try to ride at least twice a week. I have moved a lot in my life and doing so has helped me acquire a love of adventure.

Why I am a Mormon

When I was 4 years old my biological father was investigating the church. I loved attending the Church's children's organization called Primary. I remember one day when the neighbors forgot to pick me up for the meeting. I cried and cried. I was heartbroken. There was something so special about Primary that I wanted to be a part of. My father did join the church and I was later baptized when I was eight years old but my family wasn't all that active in the Gospel. Later, I was given up for adoption when I was 10 years old. The family I was adopted into were members of the Church as well. They were a lot more active. During the time I was given up I was very confused. I remember one Sunday in Sacrament Meeting the congregation was singing the song "There Is A Green Hill Far Away". The words seemed to be speaking directly to me. I knew at that moment that I was loved. I knew I was valuable. I knew I was truly a daughter of God. When I was about 13 I read The Book of Mormon for the first time. I couldn't put it down. I was amazed at the stories, struggles, and testimonies of the men and women in the Book of Mormon. Their words spoke to my heart just as the hymn had earlier in my life. At that point, I knew the Book of Mormon was true. I realized that if the Book of Mormon was true, that must mean that Joseph Smith had to be a prophet of God. If Joseph Smith was a prophet of God, that meant that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints was the Lord's church on earth. That knowledge has been a powerful gift in my life. With that knowledge I know that all things are possible.

How I live my faith

In our family we have what we call "The Northrup 7". These are seven things that we try to do on a routine basis in our family. They start with family prayer. Each evening before we go to bed we kneel as a family and prayer together. This is a wonderful opportunity show each other through our words to our Father in Heaven our gratitude, desires and thoughts that maybe we wouldn't necessarily discuss. The next thing is personal prayer. In order to a have a personal relationship with my Father in Heaven and Savior, I have to take the time to communicate through prayer with them. I also sit back after each personal prayer and contemplate the feelings and thoughts that enter in my mind. We have family scripture study in our house. It is so amazing the insights into the scriptures as each of us share our thoughts as we study them together. This also gives us a chance to bear our testimony to each other of the truthfulness of the words we read. My children have given me amazing insight in the Lord's written words. Personal scripture study is also key in our home. Like personal prayer, personal scripture study helps us to build that bond that with our Father in Heaven and Savior. Often times during the day we will share with each other those little jewels of insight that we were able to acquire through our personal study. We have weekly what we call Family Home Evening. This is an evening that is spent together learning some gospel principle, enjoying each other's company or simply just playing a game. Regular Temple attendance is another thing our family tries to do. Meaningful service is the last thing that rounds out the "Northrup 7". This is accomplished through many different ways. It may be through Temple attendance as we perform sacred ordinances in the Temple. Service through the different callings in our church is also key. These are just some of the ways I try to live my faith.