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Hi I'm Mary

I write poetry, I design needlepoint family trees, I am a physio-neuro therapist, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a retired elementary school teacher. My husband and I, with our two oldest sons, have been in the cattle ranching business over 40 years. We also do small business financial consulting. I continue to work with students who struggle with learning challenges, and am happy to use my experience in physio-neuro therapy to help young people succeed. I love to be involved in creative projects, especially when they can be of some use to my four sons, their wives, or my grandchildren. I have been very fortunate to be able to travel, and have a great appreciation for the diversity of cultures and creations on our beautiful planet.

Why I am a Mormon

I believe everyone comes to a point in their lives when they want to know for themselves if God is real, and what His relationship is with us. As a very young child I was curious about the wonders of nature and became fascinated with how perfectly they were designed and interrelated. I believed that God must be the greatest scientist of all. I was taught to pray for His help, and to acknowledge His hand in my blessings. As an adolescent, I witnessed first hand the consequences of choices that would either draw me closer to feelings of goodness and worth, or to feelings of confusion and sadness. As a young adult, I began searching the scriptures for understanding and guidance in the many decisions life presents. Because I was baptized into the Mormon Church at age eight, I have had a lifetime of opportunities to question, to search, and to observe the fruits of listening to, and valuing Jesus Christ as my Exemplar and Savior. My testimony of His Gospel took root and grew as I sought confirmation in prayer of each principle I pondered. I have come to know for myself that Heavenly Father has a plan for each of us that goes beyond this life. I have felt the witness of the Holy Ghost in my heart and mind, on my knees, with the scriptures in my lap, and in His Holy Temple.

How I live my faith

I love the Sabbath day, and the opportunity it gives me to ponder my faith, my blessings, and my promises to remember my Savior's example in my daily life. I look forward to listening to the insights and testimonies of others in our weekly Sacrament Meeting. I am currently teaching an adult Sunday School class where we discuss modern day application of the scriptures. Through the Church's women's organization, I am given opportunities to interact with women in my neighborhood, to offer help when needed, and to share ideas on improving my role as mother and grandmother. I think the most important part of being a good Christian is being a good neighbor and citizen.

What does Mormonism teach regarding baptism?

Jesus set the example by requesting to be baptized by John the Baptist. Just as Jesus was baptized by immersion, we will also come out of the water, cleansed of all sin. Baptism is performed by someone who has the priesthood authority to administer in that ordinance. Baptism is an individual covenant we make with God that we will keep His commandments, that we will represent Jesus Christ through our example, and that we will remember His atonement and resurrection, opening the door for our own salvation. In return for keeping these promises, Heavenly Father will send the Spirit of the Holy Ghost to influence us for good and enable us to bear one another's burdens.  Show more Show less