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Hi I'm Marilyn

I was born in America. I am the second in three consecutive generations of women in my family to wear combat boots. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Marilyn. I'm 64. I'm a military widow, a mother of five, and grandmother of four. I am a breast cancer survivor. Education has been a life-time pursuit. I recently graduated from college with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree. Three consecutive generations of women in my family have served honorably in the military; my mother during WWII, myself during the Cold War in Germany, and my daughter in Korea and Iraq. I became a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1967. It was the best decision that I ever made.

Why I am a Mormon

There is an openness in the "Mormon" approach to things. There is a liberty to thought and intellect, learning and development that I seldom encounter in the world. Nowhere else have I found such appreciation and respect for the worth and potential of the individual. This attitude permeates everything that they teach and do. It is the very spirit of liberty, freedom, knowledge and understanding. It is the sweetest spirit that I have ever encountered. Every time I associated with them, whether it was the church sacrament meeting, sunday school, missionary discussions or social activities, this sweet spirit was in attendance. Even now talking about it, I feel it and it brings me to tears with happiness. I knew that if I wanted this wonderfully sweet spirit to continue with me that I needed to become a member and be baptized. Have you ever been so happy that you cried and laughed for joy at the same time? That is how I felt coming out of the waters of baptism. And now, after all these years I still feel that sweet spirit - it has never left me. This is The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The Savior personally leads, guides and directs this, His Church on earth. He chooses the people to whom He gives the Authority to act in His Name in His behalf for the benefit of mankind. Joseph Smith, a pure, young, undefiled youth of 14 did indeed, even as Paul who had a similar experience, see God and hear Him introduce His Son, Jesus Christ. Joseph sacrificed his life at the hands of a murderous mob so that we might know that he was not lying. We have as a witness, "The Book of Mormon", solid, real, hand-held evidence that cannot be accounted for except that it is what it claims to be - A Marvelous Work and A Wonder - a real miracle - the word of God, translated from gold plates by the gift and power of God. I know that God is real and that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is His Real Church.

How I live my faith

The freedom to live one's faith, to worship God according to the dictates of our conscience is never more fully realized than in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. We pay no man money to preach to us what we want to hear. We do not fire the "Minister" when he tells us what we don't want to hear. There is no campaigning or auditioning for positions. The Church runs by revelation through living prophets and apostles who the Lord choses. Everyone is responsible to earn their own living and to accept callings when asked. I have never felt more freedom in worshiping Heavenly Father than when I am asked to give a talk in Sacrament Meeting, lead the music, give a prayer, help out in the library, clean the chapel, visit assigned sisters on a monthly basis to see to their welfare, or any other work that I am asked to do. This is truly a living gospel, a living church - where we have the opportunity to do what we say we believe in on a regular basis. By serving, we are given the training and the materials to see to the welfare of our own families and neighbors. We become better citizens, better parents, better wives and husbands.