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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm a Mormon. I was born and raised in Utah. I have 5 children and 12 grandchildren. I am a retired register nurse.

About Me

First and foremost I am a positive, happy person, usually! I enjoy people and find that there are so many good people in the world and I enjoy getting to know those I come in contact with. My husband and I enjoy traveling and have had opportunities to do so. Where ever we go I look for opportunities to get to know the people and the culture. In foreign countries I try to learn a few words so I can attempt to communicate with people and it seems that many people are anxious to try out their English with me. It has been rewarding to add to our travel experiences in this way. I love spending time with my family, even though they are not all members of our faith, and some are not active in church at this time. My primary goal is to build no walls with those who are choosing to not participate in our faith. I feel that it is important to love unconditionally at this point and to make loving, lasting memories with our family members. I enjoy reading good books; travel; gardening; being an ordinance worker in The Arizona Gila Valley Temple; cooking; doing humanitarian projects with friends; camping; word games; water coloring and having a loving dachshund who thinks she is a person....but I think so too so we are good company for each other.

Why I am a Mormon

Being born to Mormon parents who loved me and taught me the gospel of Jesus Christ is a blessing in my life, and I used to wonder if I had not been born into the church, would I have accepted the gospel when I heard it. As I have matured in the gospel, I have come to realize that being born in the church doesn't mean that one is born with a testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. I had to develop my own testimony just like everyone else who desires to know the truthfulness of all things. I have read the Book of Mormon many times and each time I do so I continue to learn and to appreciate the lessons that are there. As I read, study, pray and participate my faith and testimony grow stronger and deeper. I know that having been born into the church means that I didn't have to leave another faith, set of beliefs, friends or family as some converts do. For that I am grateful, as I think that would be hard. But as I grow in experience, testimony and commitment, I have no doubt that for me, being a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is the greatest blessing of my life. The gospel of Jesus Christ answers questions and provides a way of life that I embrace. I see the good that other religions do, and appreciate good people everywhere who are living productive lives. I love the fact that we have the same organization that existed in the church when Christ was on the earth. I love the continuing revelation that comes from a modern day prophet who leads and guides as directed by our Heavenly Father and the Savior. I love the consistency of the gospel and the way the Bible, Book of Mormon and other scriptures are cross referenced and how the various records help to clarify and verify the reality of a Savior and His eternal plan of salvation. I have no doubt that the restored gospel of Jesus Christ is on the earth today. I know that we have a loving Heavenly Father who loves all of his children, and that Jesus Christ is the Savior.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith every hour of every day. It is a way of life for me and I can't imagine my life without the gospel of Jesus Christ. I work with the women's organization in church and I am responsible for organizing events that help the women to be better wives, mothers, sisters, neighbors and citizens. I try to live in harmony with the teaching of Jesus Christ by being honest, true, chaste, benevolent, virtuous and by doing good and being obedient to the commandments. I am not perfect, but I am allowing the gospel of Jesus Christ to shape my life into the kind of woman who would recognize, know, love and follow the Savior no matter where I was born or in what time period I lived. Knowing the Savior helps me to know that I can, and should repent of mistakes I make. The atonement of Jesus Christ provides a way for all of us to repent and to turn to the Savior who is always ready and welcoming to anyone who is willing to follow Him. Many of my neighbors are not of our faith, but they are wonderful people and I love and appreciate the opportunity to live in a community with people who care about each other. I want to be the kind of neighbor who will always be a friend and who will help in any circumstance where I may be able to improve another person's life or circumstance.