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Hi I'm Marie

I'm an anthropologist. I play the fiddle. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Chicago and I just graduated college in Anthropology. I loved studying people and cultures with an anthropological perspective, which led me to study for a few months in Jerusalem, Egypt, Jordan, and Hawaii. I love to fiddle and sing and I have played in numerous groups where we perform and jam with other musicians. I am close with my family and love hearing from them. I love being outside and experiencing nature through hikes and camping. I love life!

Why I am a Mormon

I am a Mormon because I have learned for myself that I am happiest and feel most connected to God when I am living the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Being a Mormon has brought peace to my life as I strive to reach my potential. I grew up in a Mormon family, but I had to learn for myself if it was a religion that I wanted in my life. There came a time when I was a teenager that I could not rely on the testimonies of others such as my parents and leaders. I pondered, prayed, and asked for myself if the things that I was learning were true, and if the feelings that I had as I lived the Gospel were from God. Little by little, through millions of seemingly insignificant but personal experiences, I came to know for myself that God knew and loved me. I never had a booming answer that the Mormon church was true, but I came to see that as I applied the things I learned and experimented on what my parents taught me for myself, I was becoming better and closer to God than ever before. These answers and experiences were from God. He answered my prayers and continues to do so.

How I live my faith

My faith impacts my daily life. I pray and study scriptures and words of our prophets daily. I record the thoughts, feelings, and inspiration I receive from my studies. I ponder how I can draw closer to God, improve, and live my life more like our Savior. I attend classes with other young adults my age on a variety of spiritual subjects. I also currently lead the choir in my congregation. This has been a fun experience for me to invite members of our congregation to join the choir. We perform regularly in our church meetings, and I hope that this enhances the spiritual experience of all who are in attendance.