Hi I'm Marie Rayner
I am daughter, sister, wife, mother, grandmother and I am a Mormon.
I am a mom to five children, grandmother to seven. I love to paint, cook and sew. I worked for many years as a personal chef, and now work at being retired. Whoever said that retirement was boring wasn't really retired! I am busier now and enjoying life more now than I ever have! At the age of forty three I left the country of my birth to start a new life in a new country with a new husband. For years I had prayed to have a husband who loved the Lord as much as I did. Prayers are always answered and often in the most unusual ways.
Why I am a Mormon
I spent my whole life seeking my Spiritual Home, having been brought up as a Baptist and skirting around the edges of Evangelical teachings. I cannot remember a time in my life when I did not love my Saviour and my Heavenly Father. I had many questions during those years that I was seeking answers to. Deep questions such as why a loving Heavenly Father would send any of his children to hell for something which they had no control over or no choice about. If God was love, kind, fair and just . . . and if God was truly our Father why would He not want all of His children to return to Him, and why would He not do all that He could to make this happen. In particular, I wondered about people who had never had the opportunity to learn of the Savior, or His teachings, or whom for political reasons were not able to embrace them or to even read the Scriptures without fear. I had been taught that anyone who did not accept Christ as their own personal Savior would go to hell upon their death. This did not sound loving, fair or kind to me. I never felt at home when I was at church. I always felt like an outsider looking for a space that fit me. From the moment I spoke to the missionaries my questions began to be answered in a way that made complete and perfect sense. God was not a mystery that I could not understand. I learned who I was and that I had immeasurable worth. The Gospel has helped me to become a better person and has brought great joy into my life, and peace. I am no longer seeking, or trying to fill the emptiness I felt in my life before. I have found my spiritual home. I love my Heavenly Father and KNOW without a doubt that this is His son's church. I have faith and trust in all that my church leaders share with us. I know they are His representatives on earth and that they are inspired, and that through the Saviours teachings and their leadership I can be all that I was created to be.
How I live my faith
At present I am a Public Relations Rep in our Ward. In past years I have been in the Women's Leadership, worked in the children's Sunday School, Children's Leadership and the Young Women's Leadership. I have also been a teacher for the youth, which I enjoyed very much. I love being a Visiting Teacher and showing the sisters under my care how much I love them. I am also a Home Teacher along with my husband as well as being a Ward Missionary couple together. I love people, and I love showing them that I do in an honest and sincere way. I also love to help people in any way that I can.