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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm a Mormon. I'm a wife, a mother, and an artist.

About Me

I am a wife, a mother of six grown children, a "nana", an artist, a gardener, a person who loves to teach, a person who loves to travel, and a person who loves to create. I love reading classic literature, with Charles Dickens and Jane Austen being my favorite authors. I love being with my husband, to whom I've been blissfully married for 31 years. Together we've hiked in the Swiss Alps, kayaked in the Caribbean, trekked in and out of the Grand Canyon, and experienced countless spectacular sunrises and sunsets in many glorious places. I love the creative process, whether I'm painting, calligraphing, creating stained glass, shaping a live tree, or even making a cardboard castle.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family who have been members of this church from its beginnings. From my earliest memories, I have a always been a believer. I believe that Joseph Smith saw our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. I believe that he was given an ancient record by an angel sent from God, which he translated into the Book Of Mormon. I believe that he was commissioned by God to establish His church in these latter days. Even as a young child, I felt deep within my heart that these things were true. The gospel of Jesus Christ is pure and simple. Everything fits perfectly. On a very simple level, the truths of this gospel can be understood by a child. Studied in depth, the truths and intricacies of this gospel can inspire awe in the most brilliant of minds. Yet, even on that level, everything fits together perfectly. The Book of Mormon works together with, and confirms the truthfulness of the Old and New Testaments. I am blessed to have a happy, happy marriage and delightful children and grandchildren. The church teaches that through covenants made in sacred temples, I can look forward to continuing this joy throughout eternity. I know that our Savior, Jesus Christ will be there to comfort us and deliver us from the difficulties and trials of this life. I have felt His love in the midst of difficult times. I was taught as a child that if I keep our Heavenly Father's commandments, everything will work out. I believe that with all my heart. I know that if I do my part, I can trust with absolute certainty that the Lord will deliver me. I know that keeping the commandments leads to absolute happiness!!

How I live my faith

 The gospel has given me a happy life! I love to start each day by reading from the scriptures. They feed my soul, and give me a foundation upon which to build my day. Some of the most satisfying and fulfilling experiences I've had in my life have come through the service I've been able to give in my congregation. Teaching the gospel is one of my first loves. How powerfully I've felt the spirit as I've taught true principles to children, teenagers, young adults and adults! Our young people are living in critical times, when the choices they make have far-reaching consequences. I feel keenly the responsibility to teach effectively, knowing that if I can teach the truth with clarity and power, they can also know the happiness that comes from living the Savior's teachings. I try to be aware of the people around me who are in need, who might appreciate some homemade soup and breadsticks delivered to their door. A lot of people have struggles in their life and need a friend to listen to them, encourage them, and strengthen their faith. I try to be that friend. When my children were young, it was important to me to be home with them. I wanted to be there to teach, train, and support them. I put a lot of my own interests on hold so I could concentrate on being a mother. I have strong feelings about the power and importance of motherhood. Now that my children are grown, I'm enjoying the time to pursue some of the other things I love. I'm known as the "flower lady" in my town. I've been active in a campaign to beautify our community with flowers and architectural features. I've helped to create and legislate ordinances that will make our city more attractive. I paint with a group of artists who have taught me to appreciate, notice and discern the intricate beauty of this world that our Heavenly Father created for us. My husband and I will soon embark on a new spiritual adventure. He will preside over a mission of our church. We'll have the responsibility to lead and guide the young missionaries who are inviting others to come to Christ.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

 I am amazed at how fair Heavenly Father's plan is. Every person who has ever lived on this earth, down through the ages, regardless of location, religion or clime, will have an opportunity to be taught the true gospel plan in its entirety. Unlike many religions, the true gospel does not exclude or select certain people for salvation. All will have the same opportunity to hear and then accept or reject the plan. For those who never had an opportunity to be taught while living on the earth, this teaching will take place after this life in the spirit world. Mormons are baptized by proxy for those who once lived on this earth. Those spirits who have had these ordinances of salvation performed for them will have the opportunity to accept or reject that work that has been done for them. In this way, every soul has the same opportunity to be saved in the kingdom of God. Show more Show less