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Hi I'm Marinda

I'm a military spouse. I'm raising three small kids in Germany. I love to travel. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a military spouse and mother of two young daughters. Military life has its challenges and blessings. Our family is required to move often... with our current post being in Stuttgart, Germany. While moving can be challenging, it has also provided awesome opportunities for us as a family to branch out and embrace new people, places, cultures, and lifestyles. It also has drawn our family closer together as we have had to rely on each other during the good times and bad. My personal interests include travel, outdoor recreation, reading, history, and the piano My degree is in history teaching and French teaching and I hope to return to the classroom one day when my children are a little older.

Why I am a Mormon

I choose to be an active participating Mormon because I have found that living the gospel enriches and blesses my life. Its principles and teachings give my life purpose and direction. I love the gospel's simplicity. God has given us knowledge of where we came from, why we are here, and what lies beyond this life. Attending church services, studying the Bible and Book of Mormon as well as the teachings of latter-day prophets, and striving my best to lead a Christian life by loving and serving my neighbor profoundly enriches my own life and strengthens my family. I have an absolute testimony of Jesus Christ and His love for us. He has provided the way for us to receive happiness in this life and in the afterlife with our families forever.

How I live my faith

I attend church each week, where I am always inspired and uplifted and recommitted to live a more Christ centered life. I try my best to be a disciple of Christ… which is a tall order. Being a disciple means serving others since Christ taught us that the most important commandments are to love God and love our neighbor. Sometimes serving others is as simple as reading a book with my four year old or helping a neighbor.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Marinda
I've always been very close to my dad. He has had a huge influence in my life. I was devastated when he very unexpectedly passed away a few months ago. The gospel of Jesus Christ has helped me and my family cope with his passing. Mormons believe that even though the body "returns to the earth" the spirit continues to live on. I know that my dad's spirit is still alive and that he is in a state of resting as he awaits the resurrection and judgment. Mormon doctrine teaches that because Jesus Christ was resurrected, He made it possible for all humankind to be resurrected, which means our bodies and spirits will one day be reunited and we will live forever. Furthermore, we believe that if a family is sealed together in the temple and keeps God's commandments, that that family unit stays intact after this life. I know that I will see my dad again and that he will always be my dad. I know that our close relationship we had here on earth will continue one day again. This is the hope of the resurrection. Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Marinda
As an army officer and military spouse, this is the question my husband and I are asked most often regarding our religion. We don't drink coffee, tea, or alcohol simply because we made a covenant at baptism (promise to God) that we wouldn't. These substances are harmful to our bodies. However, we have found that our choice to not drink alcohol has not inhibited us from being friends with those who do. We have many military friends who chose to drink and we respect their choice as they respect ours not to. We believe our bodies are gifts from God and that he entrusts us to take care of them. For that reason, we strive to exercise regularly, eat fruits, vegetables, and healthy grains, and only eat meat sparingly. Some might think that we never can have fun or fully relax if we don't consume alcohol. This has not been true in my life. As a teenager and young adult I grew up around lots of Mormons and attended lots of parties where alcohol was NOT served. We always had a blast hanging out, watching movies, playing games, doing outdoor activities like hiking, biking, swimming, etc. and alcohol was never a temptation, we always had fun, and no one got hurt. As we stay away from enslaving addictions, we are better able to be in a frame of mind to receive inspiration from God and keep our line of communication open with Him. Show more Show less