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Hi I'm Maggie

I am a California born and bred child of the 60's, former firefighter, now a wife and mother on Vancouver Island and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am just past 50 with many varied experiences behind me and hopefully many more adventures ahead of me. So far, I have been a certified ski instructor, EMT, fire crew boss, an ICU ward clerk, Telemetry monitor tech, a university science student, and have worked in various home centers and retail stores. I have also been a wife (twice) and a mother to both adopted and step-children. My husband and I have two daughters who are high school students and a son who is preparing for his mission still living at home with us. We also have one son already serving a mission in central Canada. I have an adult step-daughter from a previous marriage who lives in California and an adult step-son who has his own family in the greater Vancouver area. My hobbies and interests are quite broad and I am curious about and interested in many things. I love being in nature, hiking, skiing or just observing wildlife/birds/nature. I also like to do the "domestic' stuff too- I sew, cook, do cake decorating, garden, am a prolific reader, and do many different crafts. My family and I also perform volunteer service with Saint John Ambulance (providing First Aid) in my community. There doesn't seem to be enough time to do everything I would like to!!!

Why I am a Mormon

Well, it all started with my daughter. . . I was an agnostic, single mother with a very young, adopted daughter. I knew that substance abuse might be an issue for her later, as both of her birth parents and their families had a long history of struggles with both drug and alcohol abuse. I also knew that having some sort of faith to follow has helped many with dependency issues to lead healthy and happy lives. I figured when I met my next husband, I would support him in any religious instruction or faith that he may have, since I was pretty much a blank slate, as far as religious views went. My daughter changed my mind when she made a comment that I knew was wrong. She told me "God is watching you!" while making a very stern, angry face and shaking a finger at me. It was then, I realized that by my taking a backseat in her religious teaching, someone else was now in the driver's seat. I did NOT like where they were headed with her. I knew that IF there was a God, He was not an angry, spiteful being, such as she was portraying. That is when I began my search for Truth in earnest. I sent her to church with a friend's daughter one Sunday. My little girl came home wearing the medallion they had made; it said, "Heavenly Father watches over me". I knew I was on the right track. After seeking out the missionaries and much careful study, I realized much of what they were "teaching" me were things I already knew to be true in my heart. I am truly grateful for the many blessings that have come into our lives as a direct result of my membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I am now blessed with a loving husband and family. I am secure in the knowledge that I have given the children I have been entrusted with the tools they need to make the good choices that can lead to happy and productive lives. I know that I am a daughter of our Heavenly Father and that He loves me.

How I live my faith

I try to be a good example to my family and those around me by doing my best to follow the prophet's counsel. I also strive to improve myself- definitely a work in progress! I have also served in several callings; the most recent was as the president of the ward young women's program. I have taught Gospel lessons every Sunday to the 12-14 year old youth, was the secretary for our women's organization (Relief Society) and taught primary classes (young children). A couple of years ago, I was the assistant camp director for the young women's camp. I had a great time spending 4 days camping with all of the 12-18 year old girls in July.

Why do some call Mormonism a cult?

Maggie
My own family was suspicious of the Church when I first began investigating, and my father has referred to us as a cult. I believe people call us a cult for a variety of reasons, fear of the unknown, a lack of understanding, unwillingness to listen to another point of view, fear of change, guilt, and/or just plain misinformation or misunderstanding. Most of my family has come to accept my membership in the Church and now many of them will even grudgingly admit that my membership has greatly improved me as a person, as well as having improved my life in general. Show more Show less