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Hi I'm Mary Ellen

I moved all around with my family and ended up in the south as a Mormon.

About Me

We added 4 children to our family over the years and they are all grown and have families of their own now. Needless to say being a grandmother is my most favorite thing. I love to work on family history, read, spend time with friends and be at home. My husband and I restored an old home (1942) a few years ago and we have enjoyed our down sizing adventure. I was an Interior Design major in college and still get to dabble in that area helping young families make cute changes to their own homes on a budget. Those skills proved really fun when we did our own home remodeling. I have loved water color painting but haven't done it in awhile with so many other distractions. We are soon to leave to serve a mission for the church, something we have talked about doing for over 30 years now. These are exciting times for our family with lots of tree shaking going on. Keeps us on our toes and keeps us enjoying the adventure of life.

Why I am a Mormon

Having been raised a Catholic I had a great foundation of faith that surrounded me. The problem was that I also had many questions that haunted me about the doctrine of that religion. Questions were never encouraged and once when I asked one, the reply from the teacher was that we were not meant to know all things. Even this answer bothered me as I believed a loving Heavenly Father would want us to know all things eventually as we were prepared for and would live by that knowledge. My family made a trip to Salt Lake City when I was young and we toured Temple square. I felt something different there and in my mind thought that sometime in the future this would be important to me. Many years later after I was married a co-worker of my husband was visiting who happened to be a Mormon. When I heard that I instantly remembered my youth experience and pelted him with questions into the wee hours of the morning. I was shocked that he had answers. Who knew that God's greatest joy was to bless his children? Everything I heard was so positive and uplifting. When this man sent us more information including a copy of the Book of Mormon I devoured it all. Needless to say a few months later my husband and I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This is precisely why I am still a Mormon today. Everything is so positive and uplifting. Sure life has its ups and downs but I have learned where to find the answers that bring me the greatest happiness. As it turns out that man who shared what he knew with us when we were so young turned out to be more significant then we imagined. His daughter ended up marrying our son about 20 years later. You just never know.

How I live my faith

Being a member of the church has given me experiences in my life I could never have dreamed of. I have learned so much about myself as I have taken on new challenges over the years to lead women, teach the youth and adults, teach little children, run a girls camp kitchen, work on scouting activities with our sons, and most currently help our congregation as they try and find their ancestors and do their Family history. Because all of us serve each other I have benefitted greatly from the knowledge and experience of others. I have also made life long friends as I have worked along side so many amazing people. The gospel of Jesus Christ has made me a better person. I have learned to be a better wife and mother and friend and sister and grandmother because of Jesus Christ. It is amazing to me how serving others over the years as really turned out to be a selfish endeavor, as I am the one who gained the most.

Why don’t Mormons have paid clergy?

Mary Ellen
What sense this makes! Instead of always listening to just one congregation leader we hear and learn from people from all walks of life and get the benefit of their experience and wisdom. Who better to help me with raising small children then another mother. Who better to teach me how to manage my money and stay out of debt then someone who does that for a living. The list goes on and on. The wisdom of one verses the wisdom of many is an easy choice. Show more Show less