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Hi I'm Mara

I grew up in California. I am an elementary school teacher and a mother of two. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

This section reminds me of a job interview when they ask, "Tell me a little about yourself." I am never quite sure how to answer. I was born, raised, and live in California, and of course I love the sun and the beach. I joined the church when I was 20, because my best friend invited me to "check it out". What I found out was life changing! Sadly, my friend who introduced me to the church is not active anymore, but we are still close, being that she is my sister-in-law. I knew my husband for many years before we ever began dating or that he knew I existed, because we attended high school together. However, I can't blame him, I was a freshman when he was a senior. Anyway, while he served a mission, I grew up and became more "interesting" to him, so when he returned we began dating. Eight years and two children (still counting) later, all the stress of bringing together my family, his family, and our religion was worth it. I am the only member from my family, but they are coming around...meaning they accept my decision, which was not always the case, even though I always knew they loved me. I was lucky that way, my family is amazing and we are all very close. I only hope I can be as great of a parent to my children as mine were to me. I am a mom and elementary teacher, which makes life a juggling act, but who isn't juggling in life? That's was keeps it interesting!

Why I am a Mormon

Why am I a Mormon? When growing up I liked and wanted to go to chruch, but my family was not the church going type, being that my dad grew up Jewish and my mom Methodist. So, I went to church with my friends; therefore, I had attended almost every church around, mainly Christain based. However, all the churches stated that in order to make it to heaven, you had to of believed in Jesus Christ and Heavenly Father here on earth. But I always wondered and asked about those who did not have the chance to hear about God and Christ on earth or those who were good, honest people who just never accepted God and Christ, for thousands of different reasons, they just were to go to hell?...no response, until I began attending the LDS church. They taught about how in the Spirit World, those who did not have a chance or did not accept the gospel on earth have a chance to hear it and make their choice after death. Our God is a forgiving and accepting God, he does not want to see his children suffer, just like we do not want our children to suffer, so of course he would give us ALL the opportunities He could to allow us to my the right choice. Just like I do when my three year old would rather play than eat. For me that was the missing piece to the puzzle, I always knew God existed and that Jesus was the Messiah, but when I received an answer to my question and I learned that there was a place for everyone to hear the truth and to have the opportunity to accept it, even after death, that was it. That is why I am a Mormon.

How I live my faith

Everyday I try to be a little but kinder, a little bit more patient, and a little bit more excepting, basically a little more Christ-like. I have to opportunity to be an example to the youth of our church, but mostly they are an example to me. I hear and see the struggles our young adults face and admire them for how well they do. they remind me of the importance to remain positive. As a mother I try to show my children how important my faith is to me and the peace it brings when I heed to Lord's commandments and promptings of the Holy Ghost. At school, I get to be known as the "Mormon teacher," which at first made me uncomfortable, but I am learning to embrace it and what good has come of it.