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Hi I'm Mary

I grew up on a small farm in rural Idaho. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I live in rural Wyoming with my dogs and a small herd of cows. I enjoy working outside and taking care of my animals. I graduated from the university and have worked in agriculture and natural resources for many years. I have recently built my own home, doing much of the work myself. I enjoy learning, creating, building, and fixing things: I read, sew, draw, quilt, and do a little writing. Being single,especially in a church that is so family oriented, can sometimes be difficult. I remind myself that we all have unique challenges in life. The Lord knows our needs and is ready to bless us. When I count my many blessings, I am filled with gratitude. I love being an aunt to my 9 adorable nieces and nephews. My community and ward family have been very caring and supportive.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the church and was baptized at age 8. It has always been important to me to have my own relationship with the Lord. I could never blindly follow my parents or church leaders. I had to know for myself that this is His church and what we are asked to do is God's will. My faith and understanding continue to grow as I study and pray. I know that Jesus Christ is our Savior. His example and love for me has helped me thru many trials. Thru many of life's experiences, I have gained a great appreciation for His atonement. Both for the forgiveness of sin and comfort during difficult times. As it says in the Book of Mormon (Alma7:11-12)"And he shall go forth, suffering pains and afflictions and temptations of every kind; and ... he will take upon him the pains and the sicknesses of his people." "... and he will take upon him their infirmities, that his bowels may be filled with mercy, ...that he may know ... how to succor his people according to their infirmities." I know that He will always be there for you and for me (see 1Nephi 21:15-16).

How I live my faith

I teach young children about Jesus: how much he loves us and how we should live to follow his example. I love the moments in class when a child suddenly understands a new concept. The children are such a joy, I often feel they teach me more about unconditional love than I could ever teach them.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

As members of the church, we are taught what the Lord expects us to do; keep his commandments and follow his example. However, each person has agency or the right to choose whether or not to be obedient. As we participate and progress in the chuch, we have the opportunity to make covenants with God. These covenants are promises between us and the Lord. We promise to obey his commandments and he promises to bless us for our obedience. Not all are willing to be obedient or make those covenants. The temple is the ultimate goal for members of the church. In order to qualify to enter the temple, we have to show that we have made and are keeping our previous covenants. The blessings of the temple are available to all members who choose to do so. When we go to the temple we make additional covenants with God. These covenants are very sacred and not to be taken lightly. Show more Show less

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

Life is full of uncertanties and challenges. The scriptures teach "if ye are prepared, ye shall not fear." The church has long taught that we we should be prepared and become self reliant. This includes avoiding debt, saving, having a supply of food and other items on hand, and learning basic skills like cooking and gardening. I have seen first hand the wisdom in being prepared. When I got sick and was unable to work for an extended period of time, I was not afraid of what would happen to me. I had worked hard to get myself completely out of debt and have some funds in savings. Over time I had accumulated a supply of food and basic household items. Improving my skills at cooking, sewing, and home repairs allowed me to further reduce my monthly expenses. The peace of mind I felt in being prepared allowed me to focus my energy on improving my health instead of being consumed by worry about how to pay the bills or afford groceries. Show more Show less