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Hi I'm Mary

I grew up in the Midwest. I joined the church as an adult. I'm an engineer. I'm a Mom. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a wife and a work-at-home Mom; I've run a small computer/engineering consulting firm for nearly 25 years. I am an engineer (mechanical), a problem-solver, an organizer, a teacher, a technical editor, an aspiring writer, and a lifelong learner. I love to travel (especially roadtrips); I like hiking, biking, walking, playing the piano, solving logic puzzles, studying, and much more.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always known--just KNOWN--that (1) our family relationships could continue after we died and (2) that our learning could continue through the eternities, as well. When I first met the missionaries, they explained how The Plan of Salvation--and Christ's Atoning sacrifice--provides a way for us all to enjoy these truths.

How I live my faith

I teach a scripture study class (called "seminary") for a group of high school seniors every school day from 5:55 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. (Yep, that's early!) This year, we are studying the Old Testament; the Old Testament truly testifies of the Savior on every page.

What is faith?

Mary
Faith is acting on what you believe. Someone once explained the difference between belief and faith to me this way: "I can tell you that the pond out there has ice on it that is thick enough to skate on... and you can believe me. Having faith means lacing up your skates, going out and skating on that pond." Of course, it strengthens my faith to see others already out there skating, and I think that's part of my responsibility in sharing the Gospel with family, friends, neighbors, anyone: to be an example of my faith. I may not be a gold-medal figure-skater; I'm just trying faithfully, consistently to do the best I can do. Show more Show less

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Mary
As a female engineer, I had often heard, "Mary, you are NOT like other women." This did not surprise me; I had grown up in a time and culture where almost all of the women I knew were trying so hard to be like men (stronger, more competitive, more in control, etc.), yet too often ending up angry, frustrated, unhappy, and having sacrificed their true selves in attempting to be what was popular, what they thought the world expected. Until I met women in the church, I'd met very few (if any) women I wanted to be like. When my colleagues from work first heard that I was meeting with the missionaries, they warned me that this wasn't for me, that the church was run by male chauvinists. If this were true, I would have expected the men to be domineering, bossy, and controlling. Yet, what I found were some of the kindest, most thoughtful, caring, considerate... truly Christlike men I'd ever met. Similarly, I would have expected (in a truly male-dominated organization) that the women would be mousy, weak, shells of human beings. This was not so! These women were dynamic, bright, energetic, intelligent, talented, vibrant... Furthermore, they were living good, upstanding lives and THEY WERE HAVING FUN! They were happy! I wanted what they had. And that happiness is exactly what I do have as I continue to learn about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. Show more Show less

Are all Mormons required to serve a mission?

Mary
Mormons are not required to serve a mission. I am extremely grateful, though, for the members who choose to serve.I am especially grateful for the two young women who each took 18 months to serve--at their own expense--so that they could teach me about the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ. What a difference is has made in my life! My husband and I hope to serve as missionaries ourselves in a few years. While members are not required to serve fulltime missions, they are encouraged to do so--mostly that encouragement comes from returned missionaries. They have grown so very close to the Lord through their missionary experiences and they want to continue that service to the Lord in any way they can. Currently, we have a son who is serving a fulltime mission. He didn't have to go; he had wanted to go for as long as we've known him. His letters home are an amazing testimony of the love our Heavenly Father has for all of His children, and for how much He wants all of His children to know that. Our son is already expressing his desire to continue sharing that message of love when his formal mission comes to an end. We are often asked, "If Mormons are so big on families, why do you send your sons out for two whole years and have very little contact with them during that time?" The message of the Restored Gospel of Jesus Christ IS all about families. And supporting our son on his mission is our family's gift to your family so that you can hear this message, too! Show more Show less