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Hi I'm Mary Ann

I'm a wife. I'm a mother of 3. I love family, the outdoors and music. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and mother first, but there is more to me. I grew up in Utah and other than an 18 month mission for my church in Canada, I have lived here all my life. I work inside the home part-time for a medical transcriptionist company. I love digital scrapbooking, reading good books and being outside in nature. I don't blog. My life these days is caught up in driving children to sporting events or dance, but we try to not let that overtake our lives. I teach a few piano lessons from home and love to listen to uplifting music.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up a Mormon, but that is not why I am still a Mormon. One thing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints teaches is that we can all know for ourselves. When Joseph Smith wanted to know which church to join, he asked. He got an answer. We can all get an answer, if we will ask. When I was 16 years old, I finally decided that I couldn't just believe what my parents and teachers in church had taught just because they "said so" anymore. I had to know for myself. I read the Book of Mormon and took the promise at the end to heart. I had faith that Heavenly Father answers our prayers and that he could answer mine. After I read, I prayed and I received the answer. It did not come in a voice or visitation, but a warm, "light" feeling that helped me know that the book was true. I then could ask other questions and get the confirmation I needed. I have used that same pattern throughout my life. When a change has come in my life, I have been able to turn to my Father in Heaven and ask what path to take and He has given those small promptings to direct me to what His will was. I know that life isn't easy. I know that there are difficulties more often than not, but my faith in Jesus Christ and His gospel has helped me through any challenge that I have faced. The knowledge that if we live life the way Heavenly Father wants us to will allow us to return to Him with our families makes all of those hard times worth it. The Savior can take all of our heartaches and through time and healing turn them into joy.

How I live my faith

In my congregation I am fortunate enough to teach the youth. I teach the 16-18 year old girls. I love this job and love to see how they react when the Spirit of God touches them. I feel a great responsibility to help them feel the Spirit and to testify to them. They are future mothers, teachers and leaders and if I can just help them develop great faith in Jesus Christ, I have done a small part in helping the Lord to help them become who He wants them to be.

What is Mormonism? OR What do Mormons believe?

Mary Ann
Simply speaking, Mormonism is the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We are called Mormons commonly because we believe in a book titled the Book of Mormon--Another Testament of Jesus Christ. The actual title of our church is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We believe that when Jesus Christ was on the earth he established a church. After the apostles were killed because of unbelief, this church was taken from the earth. We believe that through the Prophet Joseph Smith that the church that Jesus Christ established anciently has been restored to the earth. His complete gospel is here to bless all people, which is why we send missionaries across the earth to share what we have learned. That does not mean that other churches do not teach good things. They did the best with their knowledge, but through revelation to modern day prophets, many truths that were lost have been given back. One of the greatest truths that was restored is that families can live together forever. This is a truth that brings great peace. The gospel answers the questions of why we are here on earth and that our lives do have a purpose. Each of these truths and many more help us to try to become our best selves so that we can return and live with our Heavenly Father again one day. We put a large emphasis on families and faith because we believe that our families can live together beyond this life. We believe that Jesus Christ is literally our Savior and that He lives and was resurrected so that we can all be resurrected one day. To be resurrected means that our spirits and bodies that are separated at death are reunited, never to be separated again. We believe that through faith in Christ we can one day return to our Heavenly Father's presense and continue to progress and grow, that life does not end at death. The eternal truths that have been restored to the earth help us remember that we are not alone. That this life is more than just day to day living. We find joy in the journey because we know that through faith in our Savior we will be able to return and find a fulness of joy that we can't imagine in this life. Show more Show less