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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm a mother, a speech pathologist, a music lover, and I'm Mormon.

About Me

I am a mom of four kids who are mostly grown, with one son who is still in high school. My husband and I are glad to have him home, as the two men can talk sports together. We have a married son and they have a little boy who just turned one. One of our daughters is currently serving a mission and the other is getting started on her career. I am a speech-pathologist in a preschool for children with disabilities. I am a late bloomer in trying my hand at composing music. I have always loved to play the piano and sing, and the composing has been a wonderful creative outlet for me.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born and raised a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, with wonderful parents and family. I have chosen this path because I believe it is true and feel so richly blessed to be a member. I love the teachings of Christ and I love being around people who are trying to follow Him. I'm grateful have a Prophet who is truly inspired. The Book of Mormon, the Bible and other scriptures are a true guide to me and help me feel closer to my Heavenly Father, who is always there for me in every circumstance. Where so much is shifting in our society, I know that the basic truths will never shift and I can rely on the doctrine that is taught in the Mormon Church.

How I live my faith

As a family we attend church weekly and carry out assignments or "callings" in various positions to help the church function. As a typical Mormon, I have had many callings through the years that have allowed me to work with people of all ages. Currently I serve in a leadership position of the Relief Society, the organization within the church for women. I enjoy that calling, because I get to know the women in our ward. Scripture study and prayer are important practices to me individually and part of our family routine. In my daily actions, I try to live my life in sync with what I believe.

What is the Relief Society?

Relief Society is the Mormon organization for women. It is led by women under the direction of the Priesthood. Relief Society meetings are held each week during the Sunday block of meetings at the same time the men are attending their priesthood meetings. The lessons are taught by women who are called as teachers, using the same manual of instruction that the men have. In addition to the Sunday meetings, other activities and get-togethers are planned to strengthen and build our bonds of friendship, enrich our lives, and sometimes to do humanitarian projects. Most women are also called as "Visiting Teachers" and are assigned a few women (usually two or three) to visit monthly and to befriend and provide support for the ladies they visit. Each ward has a Relief Society President who works closely with the Bishop of the ward to oversee welfare and other needs that families may be experiencing. In those cases, she will visit the home to help the Bishop assess the need so that food and other necessities can be provided. Relief Society "sisters" (as we call each other) do a lot to help each other out, providing meals, friendship, emotional support, and love when in times of need. Some of the service is organized and much of it is just done because we get to know and love each other, especially through visiting teaching. Show more Show less