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Hi I'm Marie

I'm a Mormon. I'm also a psychotherapist, motivational speaker, and author. I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and an aunt.

About Me

I am a psychotherapist working in Mesa, Arizona with those who grieve, those who have loss, and those who want better marriages and families. I have been a professional organizer, nationwide speaker, and a published author. I have written for various venues and appeared as a featured guest on TV and radio. I've been a radio show host and am dedicated to helping men and women find greater organization skills, both in their personal and professional lives. I have interests in many other areas. I love to scrap quilt, make pressed-flower greeting cards for friends and family, and write personal histories. I'm married and together my husband and I are the parents of five sons -- 1) a Math Education professor, 2) a emergency medicine doctor, 3) a computer science professor at University of Nebraska-Omaha and a husband and father of four, and 4) an animator for Rockwell Collins, a military contractor. Our youngest son passed away as a young child from leukemia. Our family are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I'd be willing to share my beliefs with any interested parties. It is for this reason that you will find I often write articles from an L.D.S. perspective.

Why I am a Mormon

For me to be a Mormon is to be alive. I was raised in the Church, but as all people must, I came to my own testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ through study, prayer, and serious questioning. I was raised in a deeply religious home where family prayer, personal prayer, and scripture study were the norm. My parents loved each and every one of us eight children and we knew it. Our family went to church together each Sunday and then gathered again on Monday evenings to learn more about the gospel, have fun, and eat delightful dessert designed and/or commissioned by my mother. I was taught from an early age to be honest, hardworking, and studious at school. I began to feel my own testimony burning as I entered early teenagehood and was given responsibilities that developed my skills and increased my joy in serving the Lord. I played the piano for the pre-schoolers in Sunday School and served two years in a youth leadership group that supported the religious education of teenagers. I was married in the Salt Lake City, Utah temple. It was an eternal marriage to my prince charming, Jim, and this bond of love and concern that will reach beyond the veil has sustained us through many difficult times, including unemployment, leukemia and our son's death, and the challenges that always come with life. Because we are a forever family, we will rejoice with our son, Evan, as a complete family beyond the grave. Death has a lesser sting because the certainty of the resurrection burns in my heart. My children are grown and gone now. I have served in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I have served in the community. I have a profession and many goals yet ahead. Still, each morning when I wake, I’m confident the Lord will be near to hear and answer my prayers, that He will help me find answers to today’s needs. I also know that His gospel has been restored to the earth. It is here. It is the Mormon Church. You, too, can be a part of the miracle. Come home …

How I live my faith

My faith is my life. I pray each morning as I arise. I study the scriptures, including the Book of Mormon, Another Testament of Christ, and search for meaning and direction to my day’s responsibilities. Then I write a short entry in my journal, noting the blessings and challenges of the previous day and how the Lord has interceded and prompted me. I try to live the Word of Wisdom, a guide given by the L.D.S. Church for the well-being of all members. For me this includes daily exercise, eating wholesome foods, and avoiding ingesting items that might harm my physical self, diminish my mental capacities, or be a poor example to others. I am currently completing a Master of Counseling program at Arizona State University. I believe that to become more educated is what the next season of the life should hold for me. Such a project will give me the chance to better teach others, to understand life at a deeper level, and to make more sense of my eternal purpose in God’s plan. Always, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has blessed me on the good days, succored me on the difficult ones, and sustained me when death has removed those I love from the nearness to my soul. God does live living His Gospel has made it easier to strive for a good, gentle life in His service.

Why do Mormons believe in “eternal life?”

I was a young bride when I first became comfortable and then confident that there is a resurrection. This testimony was burned into my soul early one Sunday morning when I was studying the scriptures, praying, and pondering on life. It surprised me to learn such a principle of truth. I knew no one who was seriously ill, had no one who has passed away recently, and for yet many years lived without the threat of death to anyone I loved. Then a new, more difficult season began and I had cause to remember the sureness of this testimony of the resurrection I held close in my heart. My first cousin, Lucy, died of a brain aneurysm. Soon thereafter, our youngest son contracted and eventually passed away from leukemia. Then my mother walked through the veil after a useless fight against a brain tumor. Her own mother died soon thereafter. Since then, others have gone on including my father, aunts and uncles, and other close friends. In this intense season of learning the lessons of death and sorrow, I have often relied on my sure knowledge of God’s existence, His love for me, and His tender mercy in allowing me, before I needed to know, that there is life after death, that life is eternal, and that there is purpose, His purpose, in giving and taking as He does. The day will come when I will be reunited with those I love and care for with all my heart. We will live together, growing, learning, and serving our God forever. Of this I am sure… Show more Show less