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Hi I'm Marcie

I grew up globetrotting. I love learning new things and having adventures with my family. I love Jesus Christ. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I love the simple adventures that life offers every day. There is always something to learn and opportunities to help others. My family moved to many countries with my dad's work, and I loved learning how diverse and yet similar people are all over the world. We are all God's children. I know as we learn to trust him and reach to him often for help, he will help us overcome challenges, and turn our weaknesses into strengths. I have an MBA in Organizational Behavior and have worked as a business and non-profit consultant in the US and Asia. I love helping people and organizations find ways to be achieve their mission more effectively through building stronger relationships. Now, I have the privilege of staying home with my four young children full time, which is by far the most challenging and fulfilling adventure of my life! I never cease to be amazed by God's grace for me as a parent. Some days are more fun than others (I'll take a trip to the beach over potty training!), but all help us grow together. Each challenge has the potential of bringing us closer to our Savior, and to one another. I find a lot of peace exploring the outdoors, running, playing piano and guitar and writing. I am an aspiring gardener and teach workshops about composting in the community. As homeschoolers we participate in Christian support groups. I also am on the board of a non-profit teaching self-reliance. My husband and I dream of learning to fly together and being business owners someday!

Why I am a Mormon

I was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ by very good parents since birth. They laid the foundation of faith for me, while giving me the freedom to make my own choices. I learned to pray fervently, repent of my sins, ask hard questions, be honest, serve others, stand up for morality, work hard, and make sacrifices. When I was very young I remember our car wouldn't start before a long journey. My grandma was about to give up and change plans, but I suggested praying praying. Right after we did, the car started. Ever since I have known that God hears us when we ask with the pure faith of a child. Later on, as a teenager, I began to need more answers. I prayed and received an undeniable witness that God restored his full gospel in our day through the prophet Joseph Smith, and that he speaks through living prophets today just as he did anciently. This knowledge is the most precious thing I have. At age 21, I served an 18-month mission for the church in Taiwan, and saw many people's lives changed for the better through Jesus Christ. We are never alone because our Savior knows us, walks with us, and guides us, often through others. The most difficult time in my life was when my parents divorced. While I wish that never happened, I learned so much about relying on the Savior and having faith his plan for me and my family. I know he can heal broken homes and hearts, because he has healed mine. I know the gospel of Jesus Christ is true. I invite you to come and learn more!

How I live my faith

My husband and I believe "no other success can compensate for failure in the home." (David O. McKay). We are doing everything we can to raise a strong, unified family, organized under Godly principles. The spiritual environment of our home begins with our relationship. We try to communicate, pray and read God's word together often - we just finished the Bible together! Next comes our family routine. Every morning and evening we gather in a circle, often holding hands for song, prayer, and scripture study. It's hard to stay frustrated with people that you do that with twice a day! Monday is Family Night which is a chance for us to teach our children God's truths, share talents, play games and enjoy treats. Outside of the routine, I find the spontaneous conversations we have are the most precious. For example, when my son felt a lot of stranger anxiety, it was a great opportunity to pray with him and feel God's love. Or when the children squabble, I try to turn to the scriptures or sing a hymn to remind them that God expects them (and me!) to always be kind. I also love serving in our local congregation. I have taught weekly in the children's organization for 7 years now and have received so much more than I've given. I also love attending activities for the women in our church - I am fed spiritually and learn many practical skills that help our family become more self-reliant. I love the visiting teaching program that helps us watch out for one another.

What is the Mormon lifestyle like? How do Mormons live?

Marcie
Jesus Christ said "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly" (John 10:10). We as Mormons, like all Christians, strive for this abundant life. Joseph Smith echoed this when he wrote: "indeed, we may say that we follow the admonition of Paul: if there is anything virtuous, lovely, or of good report, or praiseworthy, we seek after these things." (Articles of Faith 1:13) For me, this means that we should be actively filling our lives with good things such as serving others, developing our talents, creating memories with family and friends, making a difference in our communities, teaching children, taking care of ourselves, sharing the joy of the gospel with others. Some people I know mistakenly believe that living a Mormon lifestyle is unreachable, that Mormons (esp. women!) work so hard living all the commandments they never have time for fun or room for making mistakes. This is simply untrue! We can be a pretty fun bunch :) However, I do know that without the right perspective, it can feel overwhelming to live up to all the knowledge we have. I notice that when I start feeling overburdened with living the commandments, it is time to step back and see the 'big picture'. God expects us to do our best, but he doesn't expect us to be perfect in all things at once. We are all imperfect and sinful in nature, and it is only through the grace of Christ that we merit anything. Even the most faithful fall short. The key is to never give up! Show more Show less