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Hi I'm Mary

I'm a wife, mother, and grandmother, a former high school teacher, a business owner, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am the mother of five grown children and the grandmother of five (so far). My favorite times are when one or more of our children come to visit. That is when I am the happiest. But my husband and I enjoy our empty nest, also. Our hobbies include reading, movies at home, board or card games with friends, and occasional travel. Did I mention that visiting the children and grandchildren is especially joyful? My husband and I have been self-employed for over 30 years and we love working together. We never heard of the Church until after our third child was born. We were less than satisfied with the local Christian church we were attending so we said our first vocal prayer in 5 years of marriage. We prayed to know which church we should attend. The Lord answered our prayer by sending a new friend my way who invited us to attend her church. She simply said, "You'll like ours." She was right. We love it, the people, and the Lord. I hope you will read mine and several profiles and then have a desire to find out for yourself.

Why I am a Mormon

We loved the friendly people we met at Church immediately. Even more important, the things we learned about The Plan of Salvation answered nagging questions that I had for two years, since the sudden & tragic death of my nephew. I remember thinking, "I don't know if this is true or not, but it makes more sense than anything I have ever heard." We decided to commit to attending for 12 consecutive weeks and continue to learn. I received my answer through prayer that what I was being taught was true. I finally found the peace I'd been seeking. We attended faithfully for 16 months before we decided to be baptized. Part of the reason for waiting was a Word of Wisdom problem with tobacco. During that time, the members accepted us as we were. I know that we are all children of a loving Heavenly Father and that Jesus Christ is our Savior and redeemer. I know that the Holy Ghost will teach us and guide us if we will seek to learn and to be guided. I know the Bible is true and the Book of Mormon is also true. I know these things beyond a shadow of a doubt because the Holy Ghost has testified to me many times. I also know that the Church is led today by a true prophet of God and by apostles. If we will have the good sense to heed their counsel, we will be happy here on earth and eternally after this life. I am so thankful that our prayer was answered and we found the Church while our children were young. It made our lives much easier. I hope you will pray, too.

How I live my faith

I recognize that we indeed have a Heavenly Father who knows and loves each of us individually. I know beyond any doubt that He knows what will happen before it does (which does NOT mean He causes it). I know as absolute truth that Jesus Christ lives and guides this Church. Each of us, through sincere desire, prayer, and faithfulness may know these things. I try to live according to what I know is true. My husband and I love to attend Church, keep the Sabbath Day holy, provide service to others, and try to heed the promptings of the Holy Ghost. The Lord truly has opened the windows of heaven and poured out many blessings to us. Not all blessings are financial ... there are also blessings of health, strength, love, friendship, protection, etc. We remember to ask for these things in prayer and to be grateful for them. We love General Conference and strive to follow the counsel of our leaders because we know they are truly led by God. We try to be "an example of the believers" as Paul exhorted us to do. It is not enough to say we believe these things and then live in ways that demonstrate otherwise. John 14:15 teaches us that "If you love me, keep my commandments." We know that the commandments are given to us for our happiness. None of us is perfect but we strive to continually learn more, to ask in prayer, to heed His answers, and to live each day according to his commandments.