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Hi I'm Marilyn

I am a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a pianist and a storyteller. I’m a Mormon.

About Me

I was born into a Mormon family in Alberta Canada, where early on I recognized that music was to play an important role in my life. My formal music education culminated in receiving a degree in Piano Performance from a school of music in New York City. I taught Piano and Music Education at the New York Institute for the Blind for a year. It is during this time in New York that I met my husband. We have been married for forty-nine years, and he is presently a professor of physics. We have five children and seventeen grandchildren. I am a piano teacher, and storyteller. I do swimming aerobics regularly. The most favorite things in my life are my husband, my family, our children, their spouses and wonderful grandchildren! I feel honored to be a part of this great family.

Why I am a Mormon

I feel great joy and happiness as a Mormon seeking to live the teachings of Jesus Christ. Because of my faith, life has great meaning and purpose. Although I have been a Mormon all of my life, I spent more than seven years in three boarding schools in Canada each operated by a different faith. Thus I became very familiar with the Anglican, the Catholic, and the Presbyterian Faiths. I gained much appreciation for each of these religions and the goodness inherent in them. These experiences enhanced my understanding of the life of Jesus Christ and further increased my enthusiasm and commitment to my Mormon Faith.

How I live my faith

My Mormon faith impacts every aspect of my life. It is of particular importance in my family and also in my music activities. In our local Mormon congregation, my husband and I have responsibility for music. As a part of this, we perform Handel’s Messiah every year at our church as a community event involving musicians from many faiths. My husband conducts a sixty-voice choir, with orchestra and soloists. I play the organ and coordinate the orchestra. It is an event that has been ongoing since the 70’s. In addition, I am active in several music clubs as well as in a variety of women’s clubs in our community. These interactions give me the opportunity to learn and appreciate other faiths, and to share my own faith by word and example as I work with others in the community. Through my husband’s profession as a physics professor, we have had the great privilege of traveling to many foreign countries and learning from a variety of cultures. Our five children have been a part of everything we have done as they were growing up. As a result, they have all developed a great love for music, a love for different cultures and most importantly a greater commitment to their Mormon faith.

What do Mormons believe happens to us after we die? What do Mormons believe about life after death?

Life would be devastating if I felt I would never again see my deceased parents, grandparents and other loved ones. Life on earth is short compared to the grand scheme of eternal life. I believe that we lived before we came to the earth, and that the present is a time for us to grow and develop to the fullest degree possible. It is a time for us to learn to follow the teachings as set forth by Jesus Christ and prove ourselves worthy to live together forever in joy and companionship. I believe it takes constant work, prayer, and a desire to improve as we study how to pattern our lives after Christ. Eternal families are the foundation of Mormon life, and I take great comfort in knowing that we will all be reunited one day as families to dwell together with God. Show more Show less