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Hi I'm Marcia Berkey

I'm a Mormon, a Christian, a wife, mother, grandmother, sister, friend, and a beloved daughter of my Heavenly Father.

About Me

I love life. I love my growing family, the gospel, the beauty of the world and the people in it. My husband and I have the opportunity to teach college full-time on the Internet so we are able to travel with the weather and our whims. We can visit children both in the north and in the south and many other beautiful places while we continue to work. We have found many opportunities to serve others even though we aren’t in one place full time. Our children and grandchildren are precious to us. We love them and have learned so much from them. I pray that we can be a together family. I learned how to be a good teacher through my callings and classes in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I also learned that if I studied/practiced something for ½ hour a day for five years* that I would become an expert in it and that if I really wanted to learn something, I should teach it to others. I have put those concepts to the test and found it to be true for me. I love learning all kinds of things and being able to share them with others. My latest passions have been in technology (Web 2.0 collaboration tools, MS Office productivity skills, video creation, and memory keeping). I also enjoy the whole creative problem solving process – our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ were the greatest creators of all. I like to see and to share how to tap into that creativity. *In reality, when you really want to learn something, you won't stop at 1/2 hour a day. :-)

Why I am a Mormon

I have loved Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ since I was a little girl. I had a loving family who taught me many truths and I also always had more questions about spiritual topics. While my husband was stationed in Biloxi, Mississippi for the Air Force we were able to feed two missionaries who started teaching us a gospel lesson. We were baptized two weeks later! It seemed liked everything the missionaries taught us was something that I already knew somewhere deep in the back of my mind or heart. I was finally able to find the answers to my spiritual questions. I no longer felt like I should go to church; I wanted to go to church to learn and grow and to worship with others. Knowing that Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father know and love me and that living the commandments can make my life happier and more peaceful has made all the difference in my life. One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 41:10 and is beautifully put to music in Hymn #85. I have felt upheld by God’s righteousness and his love has kept me happy and joyous even during times of normal earthly challenges and opportunities. I love that we can be a forever family, that through repentance we can change any behaviors that we might have developed through poor or misguided choices to once again draw close to our loving Heavenly Father who has created us and loved us since our beginning. Jesus Christ is my savior and redeemer. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has taught me so many things. I know we are spiritual beings. Everything we do affects us spiritually. Through the church I have learned to love, cherish, and study and to try to live the scriptures and.. to bake bread, to teach a class, to be a leader, and how to show compassion. I learned how to be a better mother and wife and so much more. I am a Mormon because the Holy Ghost touched my heart and mind to recognize and live the truths of the restored gospel. I still love to feed the missionaries and am forever grateful for them.

How I live my faith

Everything I do is a reflection of my faith whether I want it to be or not. My attitude, my choices, what I do, and how I treat people around me. I try to continue to learn how to be a better person and to treat others as other beloved children of God; what a cool perspective! I study the scriptures and/or spiritual topics each day and think about them off and on throughout the day. It is a given that I will attend my meetings to learn and to grow and to share with others. As a family, we look for ways to serve each other and others beyond our family. We share our resources through fast and humanitarian offerings and just plain sharing and are so grateful for our many blessings. Although not a good singer, I love the music and hymns. The messages taught through music help set my mood, remind me of truths that I want to think about, and give me joy, peace, and hope. I often will break out into song with some phrase that I have been thinking about – those around me aren’t as thrilled as I am. I accept callings or invitations to serve through our bishopric. I have found that although it is scary to try new things, that is how we learn and grow. The more talents I develop, the more I can share and help others. Sometimes people have mistaken ideas about a woman's role in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. I have had every opportunity to learn and practice being a leader of large organizations, a teacher of all age groups, and a valued team member. All of these things have helped me in my professional and family life, too. I have found that all good management and people skills are rooted in the scriptures. As I study God's word and apply it to my life, my relationships in every area are better. I see good in others. I am the only LDS member in my extended family. I have learned that there are so many wonderful people in the world and that many are living good lives. I hope to share the fullness of the gospel with them through my actions and love.