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Hi I'm Maria.

I'm a wife and mother of three. I'm a former school teacher and current stay at home mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio by parents who converted to the Mormon faith as young adults. My father was raised Catholic and my mother American Baptist. I have 4 brothers and 1 sister. Growing up with 5 siblings kept my life full of activity & love. I attended an all girls Catholic high school, which kept Christian values alive during my teenage education. I then attended Brigham Young University, served as a missionary for the church in Nevada, and became a 2nd grade school teacher. I met my husband at church; together we share the same goals of striving to be devoted disciples of Christ and building a Christ centered home and family. My husband is in dental school & I am currently a stay at home mom. As I’m typing these words, my 4-year-old daughter is climbing up my back and asking me 100 random questions. My baby daughter is sucking on a baby toy watching my 2 year old son jam on our keyboard. There is never a dull moment. My everyday concerns are mostly for my husband & children, their happiness & well being, as well as raising my children to be good people. I personally enjoy exercising, nature, dancing, and singing. As a former schoolteacher I love teaching my young children language and math concepts. Believe it or not, I also find great enjoy in cleaning and organizing my house.

Why I am a Mormon

I’m a Mormon because the Holy Spirit has testified to me that the doctrines taught are true. It’s not because I grew up in the faith, so it’s familiar & easier to stay with it. I’ve studied & pondered on each gospel principle the Mormon faith puts forth; I have felt in my soul that it’s from God. Then, as I’ve lived the faith my life has been full of joy & peace. I wouldn’t want to feel any different in my life. I love the scripture John 8:32, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” To know the truth of who God is & how He helps His children here on earth is priceless to me as I seek for peace & happiness in an ever changing world. I understand who I am, where I come from & what the purpose of my life is. As a mother, my everyday purposes consist of taking care of my children physically, mentally, emotionally & spiritually, and—lest I forget—to take care of myself & the needs of my husband. The truths taught in the Mormon faith guide me everyday in accomplishing these purposes with confidence that God is guiding me. I am a Mormon because I believe the Godhead is made up of three separate beings: God the Father, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Ghost. I believe God communicates to all his children past & present. He communicates through the Holy Ghost individually & He communicates to all men through prophets as shown in the Bible. I believe there is a prophet today who is the mouthpiece for God in our generation. I believe the Book of Mormon to be the Word of God just as I believe the Bible to be. I have read & studied it. I have gained a testimony through the Holy Ghost that it is the word of God, a true record of God’s dealings with ancient Americans, & another testament that Jesus is the Christ. I believe Jesus Christ is my Savior and Redeemer—that He is “the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by [Him]” (John 14:6). It is His grace that brings me hope everyday.

How I live my faith

Every morning I wake up and pray. I pray that I can be a good mom & wife. I pray I will be able to recognize the promptings of the Spirit guiding me during my everyday tasks. I pray for God’s grace to give me the strength I need to overcome weaknesses & to be the person I want to be. Everyday I gain strength & perspective from reading the words of prophets in the scriptures & from the teachings of current prophets. Throughout the day I try to recognize teaching moments, when I can teach my children how to be like Jesus, & to be grateful for all Heavenly Father has given us. Every morning, before my husband leaves for work, we gather the kids into the family room to say a family prayer. In the evening, after we brush the kids’ teeth, we read a few verses from the scriptures & kneel in family prayer. The song we sing the children as we tuck them into bed is the hymn “Abide with Me”. Before my husband & I go to bed we pray together and thank our Heavenly Father for all the blessings He’s given us. I also find myself praying personally; reporting on my day, the good & the bad, to my Heavenly Father. He is always there with His love & peace. I serve as a leader for the children’s program at church. Every Sunday the 60+ children in our congregation have a few hours of Sunday School instruction & I help coordinate that. As a former 2nd grade teacher I really enjoy & look forward to leading & teaching the children about the gospel of Jesus Christ. I am also a member of the women’s organization at church, the Relief Society. Our purposes are to increase in faith & personal righteousness, strengthen families & homes, and provide relief by serving the Lord & His children. This organization helps me to be aware of opportunities to help & strengthen others. It also organizes activities & spiritual instruction every week. I am grateful for the strength & support the women in the church give to me in striving to be a faithful disciple of Christ.