Hi I'm Mary
I am nurse, a quilter and I am a Mormon.
I have been a nurse since I was 18. I started as an LPN one year out of high school. I returned to school for my RN and then my BSN. It took me five years to finish earning my degree while I worked. It was worth all the hard work. I enjoy quilting in my spread time. I enjoy all quilting techniques, hand and machine applique, paper piecing, designing quilts and teaching quilting. I also enjoy working with computer software. I am also learning and enjoying doing family history and learning more about my ancestors. I am a wife to Richard and a Mom to his three children. We have been married for 19 years. It has not always been easy but having the Gospel in our lives has helped us. Knowing I made a commitment to him in a special sacred place also helped me during those hard times. Now the kids are independent and it is our time. It is worth the work of the earlier years to be here in this stage of our lives. When I retire I will serve a mission at the Family History Center and am looking forward to that. Hopefully when Richard retires we will be able to serve a mission together.
I joined the church when I was 29 years old. I was first introduced to the church by a friend when she invited me to a church activity. I was impressed that everyone was having a good time and no one was drinking or drunk. She then invited me to her baptism and for the first time in my life I felt the Spirit and how you should feel in church. I was baptized a month later. I still think of it as my smartest decision I ever made in my life. I was raised Catholic, went to Catholic grade school and high school and almost went to a Catholic nursing school but they turned me down. As a child I had a spiritual nature. I would see the sun shine from behind a cloud and feel like it was God shining down on me. I would make up songs to sing to Him. I had questions that the Catholic church could not be answer for me. During my early discussions with the missionaries and while reading the book, A Marvelous Work and a Wonder by LeGrand Richards I had those questions answered. Those answers brought peace to me and I have never doubted the answers since. Many times as I read the scriptures the answers are reaffirmed and continue to bring me peace. I have been a member for 34 years and I still enjoy feeling the Spirit every Sunday when I go to church, while reading the scriptures, listening to General Conference or sacred music. I am a Mormon because the teachings of this church answered every question I ever had about God’s plan for mankind. Because of my membership I have a very personal relationship with my Heaven Father and my Savior Jesus Christ. I know They live and love me personally. They want me to have an eternal life with Them again. They want this for all their children even you.
I live my faith by keeping the commandments of God. I go to church every Sunday, I help and do the church jobs I have been assigned. Right now I am on a Preparedness Committee and I help set up programs on water storage, food storage and using your food storage. I have taught children, young women and the women. I have also done a monthly ward newsletter and a weekly program. I have even taught quilting classes to women and sewing to young women. I am also a visiting teacher and visit two lovely sisters in my ward monthly. I do the many things that countless others do every day in the world to show my faith, the best I know how. Two years after I joined the church I severed a mission in Santa Cruz Bolivia. Being a missionary is a wonderful experience. I hope to serve a mission again someday. Daily I read my scriptures and pray to maintain my relationship with my Heaven Father and my our Savior Jesus Christ. Am I perfect, no way no how. I depend on the Lord to help me in all things and know that He will. He has in the past and will continue to do so.