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Hi I'm Mary

I live in beautiful Northern Colorado. I'm a wife, mom, grandma, engineer and retired Hewlett Packard executive. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in Southern California and moved to Colorado in 1973 with my husband to start our family. I love Colordo! We love to do all kinds of out door activities - hiking, snow and water skiing, biking, 4 wheeling, and walking. It such a beautiful state and there's nothing better than seeing the sun set over the Rockey Mountains. My husband and I have 6 children in our blended family (this is the second marriage for both of us) and 18 grandchildren. We're both retired from high tech jobs and very much enjoy spending our time with our family, church activities, traveling and volunteering with community organizations. It's great to have more time at this point in our lives. I was an oldster that went to college to get my degree in Electrical Engineering. I spent 11 years in college going very part-time while my two children were young. It was important to me to be home with them but still work on getting my college degree. I was 34 when I got my engineering degree. It was a very hard way to get a degree but it turned out to be a blessing. By the time I had higher level opportunities in my company our kids were grown and on their own. I was able to balance my life between work and family while they were at home and I was able to focus more on my career when they were gone. When I retired 5 years ago I was a Senior Vice President in the company. The Lord has a way of helping us to work things out. I love my family and my life. I'm feel truly blessed!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a convert to the church. Like my pursuit of an education, I found my spiritual path much later in life. I was 52 when I joined the Church. I hadn't really known any Mormon's growing up except in elementary school I had a friend that belonged to a "weird" church, she was a Mormon. I've always had a strong spiritual belief in God and our Lord Jesus Christ but for various reasons never was involved in an organized religion in my adult life. I always felt there was something missing for me but because I had such a strong personal relationship with the Lord I felt OK about where I was at. My second husband is a Mormon but was not active in the Church when we started dating and when we got married. We had many long talks about the Savior and our spiritual beliefs that filled a huge hole in my life. He had a very strong testimony and I knew he would become active again one day. As for me, I found the Church interesting and strongly believed in many of it's beliefs (the importance of the family, belief in Jesus Christ, strong moral values...) but knew that I would never become a member of this Church. I was a very strong, independent career woman and I clearly did not fit the role of a Mormon woman - in my mind. As the years went by the love and bond between my husband I continued to grow and a very important foundational part for us was our love of Christ and our spiritual beliefs. We went to the LDS church on occasion when one of our kids or grandkids would be speaking or singing. It always touched me deeply spiritually. In the summer of 2002, my husband and I both had very strong, but independent, spiritual experiences that brought us even closer together. He made the decision to become active in the Church again and I made the decision to be baptized in the Church. The miracles and blessings that brought me into the Church and him back were life changing. After 9 years in the church I've found peace and happiness I've never had before in my life.

How I live my faith

My life today is happier and more fulfilling than ever before. I love to spend time with my husband and our family. The ability to have time to volunteer in community agencies is something I never had time to do while I was working. I've been involved with our local Hospice agency for the past 7 years and I love it. The ability to serve others is a very important thing for me. I'm so happy that the Church has a strong focus on service opportunities. I was president of our women's organization in our ward (congregation) for over 4 years and the ability to work hand-in-hand with our Bishop to help the members of our ward was one of the most fulfilling roles I've had in my life. Right now I'm responsible for reaching out in our community to work with community leaders and non-profit organizations to understand how the Church can support the needs of our community. I try to live my life in a way that is consistent with who I am and my beliefs. I love the outdoors, I love my family, I love to be in service of others. I love the 3 hours we spend each Sunday in our church meetings. The spiritual strength I get from our Sunday meetings is something that's hard for some to understand. "You mean you spend 3 hours every Sunday at church!!!" Yup, and I love it. The strength that our spiritual beliefs has brought to our marriage is such a blessing. We're clear on our priorities in life (even though we mess up often) and feel very blessed in every way. There are still many things I don't understand. I've had many struggles in life and pray for answers to help me to have the insights to better understand. Some things have become clear to me but there are others that are not clear and are not easy for me. But what I do know is that the Lord is there for me and in time, His time, I will get the clarity I need. Until then, I have faith in Him and look to Him for guidance and support.