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Hi I'm Mara

I grew up in CT and NJ. I went to Catholic school. I love learning about diverse cultures and religions. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love life. I love learning. I love music. I love nature. I love people. I grew up in a house where identity was an evolving discovery. My Dad was bi-cultural with a french mother and an american father. My mother's family had Jewish and Catholic ancestry. With parents who were musicians we grew up attending many churches where my parents were paid soloists- Catholic, Jewish, Episcopal, Pentecostal... to name a few.... I even went to Catholic school. Both of my parents had also spent significant time abroad and our house was a revolving door to people from many cultures and nations. This is a defining character trait for me- curiosity and interest in other people, lands, and cultures. As an adult I married my best friend who himself had spent considerable time in other cultures as a child- giving him a similar world view. We have one daughter who has given our life new meaning. We enjoy learning, reading, hiking, camping, biking, running, music, and friendships. I dream of serving. I served an 18 month mission that was the defining point of my life. I dream of helping others through education. College was also a turning point for me and I dream of helping others "find their voice through education."

Why I am a Mormon

I am a member of this church because of the feeling I get each time I walk into one of our chapels or temples. I feel Christ there. I feel His Spirit in a way I have never felt in any other church or organization. I can be having a bad week- feeling selfish, frustrated, lonely, or hurt- and each time I go to church I feel myself healing bit by bit. I remember the Lord- tangibly. I remember and feel His love for me that led Him to lay down His life for me. As I sit through our church meetings each week thoughts, feelings, and ideas come to my mind that give me hope, understanding, and inspiration. I leave church a better person- anxious to put into practice that week the things I have realized at church. In the New Testament Christ speaks of the Comforter- the Holy Ghost- the third member of the Godhead that would come to His church to testify of Him. I have felt that comforter over and over again as a member of this church. I feel that Spirit when I read the scriptures. In particular, The Book of Mormon. As I read the words of the prophets in the Book of Mormon I am overwhelmed with their courage and faith in the Savior. Their lives and examples give me courage as I "liken to the scriptures" to myself. I feel that Spirit so strongly as I attend the bi-annual General Conference of the church. The chance the worldwide membership of the church has to hear the voice of living Apostles and our living prophet, Thomas Monson. I feel that Spirit wrap around me as I visit the many temples of the church. Just as the Lord visited Moses on the top of the mountain modern days temples ( like temple's of ancient Israel) are the place where the Lord can communicate with us more powerfully than any other place. Most importantly, I have come to know, through that same spirit that this church is the same church Christ established upon the earth- restored again in modern times. I know it is Christ who is leading this church today.

How I live my faith

I have been serving in the women's organization of the church. I love the sisterhood that exists there. A program, in particular, that I love is the visiting teaching program- where each sister is assigned other sisters to visit with each month and look out for. I feel deeply loved by the sisters who visit me each month. Living in a state away from family having sisters from church befriend me in such personal ways has made such a difference in our transition to a new area.