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Hi I'm Marianne

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in a family of 8 kids. My husband and I have 5 children whose ages range from 15-25. My husband grew up in a family of 9 kids. Our kids joke that "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" has nothing over on them. Our kids have 59 first cousins (and still counting)! We love having big family get togethers--it gets crazy but the family bonds are worth it. We live in a pretty small town and our family recently began to raise chickens for eggs and roosters for meat. I'm pretty sure this is not an experience that is helping us save money. Maybe one day it will, but I'm not seeing it yet...It is good, however, for our kids that are still at home to have some different kinds of responsibilities. When we get to the harvesting, that will really be different for them! I also have a math teaching degree. I've taught off and on over the years, but while our kids were little, for the most part, I was able to be at home with them. I treasure those years--not sure I did at the time, but boy looking back they sure flew by! I'm one of those "old" people now that tells young parents to enjoy every moment with their kids and to parent with a purpose because it is gone before you know it! I just recently went back to teaching full time at the same high school my children have been to and I still have one there. It's fun to go to school with my kids. I am truly blessed with a wonderful husband and children who bring us great joy. Family is where I find my greatest happiness.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up being a Mormon, but that is not why I am still a Mormon. When I was a teenager, I decided I needed to know for myself if what I had been taught my whole life was true. I grew up praying and knew that Heavenly Father loves each of His children and that He would answer my prayers. I studied the Book of Mormon and took the challenge at the end of it in Moroni chapter 10 verses 3-5 that says if we will read the Book of Mormon and really pray about it that we can know if it is true. I did and I know. I'm kind of a stubborn person so I also asked Heavenly Father about Joseph Smith--if he really did all he claimed--and if he really was the instrument God used to restore His church. He was. God answered my prayers--each of them. I asked about everything. It didn't come all at once. I had lots of lessons to learn in this process. I know Thomas S. Monson is God's prophet today. The Church is set up perfectly. Unfortunately, we, as members aren't perfect, but God's church is.

How I live my faith

Asking how I live my faith is like asking who I am. I hope and pray each day that I live my faith so my Father in Heaven would be proud of me. I want so much to love others the way our Savior did--unconditionally and without judging them. I have a long way to go, but on that journey I try to do things that will eventually get me there. There are great examples in the scriptures so I read them and read them with my family. We have dinner together every night so we can strengthen our family ties and a large family dinner on Sundays so the cousins can be good friends. I go to church on Sundays and try to live the 10 commandments every day.