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Hi I'm Marie

I'm a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a friend and a Mormon.

About Me

I consider myself a real product of the West. Except for a few years in my childhood spent in Georgia, I've lived the majority of my life in the beautiful deserts New Mexico, Nevada and Utah. I'm a single gal who loves her family and the gorgeous mountains that surround me. I love spending time with my family and friends. Some of my favorite things include teaching people (in whatever capacity that may be), traveling (whenever and wherever I can) and reading just about whatever I can get my hands on (magazines, books, billboards). I consider myself a lucky, loved and happy person.

Why I am a Mormon

Although I was born into a family with parents who are both Mormons, it has been my choice to remain and be active in the LDS church. I grew up going to church every Sunday and having lessons at home about Jesus Christ and His gospel. That, combined with my own study, reflection and meditation, and I came to know for myself that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is the Savior's church on the earth and that I'm happier and more at peace when I follow the teachings of my Savior.

How I live my faith

My faith fills my life. It's a part of who I am and what I do every day. I can't imagine not having my faith to guide me in my everyday and long-term decisions. It helps me find lessons in my trials, peace in my anguishes and greater joy in what I've been blessed with. I'm fortunate enough at the present to be able to work with the 12 to 18 year old girls in my congregation. We meet for weekly activities, which might include learning a new skill, playing sports or helping perform some service for our community. And we also have Sunday lessons about the different tenets of our faith. I feel that my faith has been greatly strengthened because of my interaction with these amazing girls. The more time I spend with them, the better I want to be.

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

Mormon women are like any other women in the world - caring, smart, strong, possibly stressed-out. There may be stereotypes of Mormon women as brainless, naive ladies who do nothing but keep house and have babies. That has not been my experience at all. I grew up with a mother who was able to be home with my siblings and me. She taught us to be as inquisitive and hard-working as she is. She never apologized for her talents, strengths or hard-earned knowledge. Instead, she used them to help us and others be better. I watched her work side by side with my father to help our family. And because of this, I've never had reason to question whether or not Mormons believe in equality of men and women - I saw it happening with my own eyes. As an umarried, childless, and somewhat older woman in the LDS church, I've come to understand that I still have a role to fulfill. I may not be someone's wife or mother, but I have just as much opportunity to serve and love all those I encounter. I've never felt looked down on or pitied or brushed under the rug. Just like the men in my congregation and community, I've been asked to help in whatever capacity I can. And I've tried to do so. If I'm blessed someday to step into the roles of wife and mother, I will do so with the knowledge that my work in those roles is just as needed and valued as the work I'm doing now. Show more Show less