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Hi I'm Mary-Theresa

I'm a Mormon. I was brought up Catholic, but willingly converted in 1978 with my husband.

About Me

I am a caregiver/partner to my husband of nearly 41 years. I am an avid genealogist and am deeply involved in documenting my husband's Quaker roots. I am also heavily involved in Family Search Indexing. I also love to read historical fiction. I have been taught that all people have value - no matter what race or creed - by my parents example. My parents are immigrants - my mother was born in Portugal and my father's parents came here after WWI from Italy.

Why I am a Mormon

The Gospel of Jesus Christ filled a large vacuum in my life. I was automatically dropped from membership in the Catholic Church when marrying my husband, who was previously married and divorced. When introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints through the missionary discussions, it was like I was putting on a glove that fit so completely and comfortably, that I knew I was finally where I belonged. I wish I could still sing, but a medical condition prevents it, but the hymns of Zion can still bring tears to my eyes as I ponder their messages.

How I live my faith

I try to read the scriptures daily and don't feel right unless I am able to attend Church every Sunday. I love teaching the Gospel in a class and sharing my talents with others so they can learn how to do Family History genealogy or Indexing. Right now, I am happy serving as the Librarian in our ward - helping others have the tools needed to share the gospel with their classes is important to me. Home and Visiting Teaching is a way to keep connected with others in my area and share my testimony and understanding of the Gospel on a regular basis; it also is an important way to show they are cared for as individuals. I have been a caregiver to my best friend for nearly 6 years and almost lost him twice. It has helped me so much to understand the Plan of Salvation and the promise of Eternal Marriage through our sealing - I try and offer my efforts each day to Heavenly Father to let him know I am worthy to be with this man in the Eternities.

What do Mormons believe about “eternal life?”

We believe strongly that families are ordained of God and therefore, are meant to last throughout the eternities. If we are true and faithful to all that Christ asks of us and endure through our own trials and challenges to the best of our ability - and use the Atonement of Jesus Christ to it's fullest, we can be together with our family through the highest ordinances that the Temples provide. Show more Show less

Can husband and wife be together forever? Do you believe that families will live together in heaven?

Watching someone you love go through rough times is perhaps the most difficult thing we do in this life. Knowing that through the promises of the Temple Covenants my husband and I will be together in the eternities helps me to put this life in the proper perspective. We are able together to decide what is important in the long run. Show more Show less