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Hi I'm Marilyn

I live in the Pacific Northwest, have a family, 7 grandchildren, am a R.N. who went back to school later in life and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am mom, grandmother, wife, Registered Nurse, avid reader, teacher, mentor, camper, boater, swimmer and a smiler. I grew up in an LDS family with 3 sisters, and 1 brother. Family outings are some of my best memories. I learned to snow ski, water ski, motorcycle ride, the best way to fold up a canvas tent to avoid mildew, (along with all the other camping skills) how to read a map and directions (while sitting as second chair in a small airplane), wash dishes by hand the correct way, to cook, can summer fruits, balance a checkbook, sew(even though I don't like to) make a proper bed, clean a house, paint walls and hang wallpaper, mow the lawn, wash a car and sing from my parents. I was a stay at home mom during most of my children's life, and wondered what I could do later in life that would be satisfying and yet earn money towards our retirement. I had always been interested in medicine, and decided to go back to school at the age of 40 and start the prerequisites for a Nursing Degree. It took me 5 years, but now that all my children are grown, with children of their own, I feel grateful for the promptings that lead me to this path in my life. I am able to work when I want to, and have time for myself and my grandchildren. I am starting to really enjoy being an "empty-nester". I have to admit, I didn't at first. It took me awhile to adjust to this new role in my life. I love being a member of the Church, of being active in serving others.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an active LDS family where habits of going to church as a family were started early. I was baptized at age 8, and from an early age, I knew that Heavenly Father loved me, and that Jesus Christ was my brother and lived and died for me. I have been blessed with many gifts from Heavenly Father, but one that I cherish is the gift of knowledge and Faith. I have never doubted my Testimony in the Gospel, and have always had a sure knowledge that this church is HIS true church upon the face of the earth. I have never doubted that for a moment. I have had many experiences where I have felt the Holy Ghost bearing witness to me of the truthfulness of this gospel and have felt the promptings of the Holy Ghost giving me direction in my life, and comfort in times of sadness and unrest.

How I live my faith

I was just re-reading through my journal that I started when I was newly married(which I don't keep up on a regular basis), and have found a pattern in my life in my service to the church. In our church, we all take turns at serving as the teachers of classes, and all the other positions that it takes to run a church congregation. Starting as a newly married, til now, most of my callings and service to the church has been working in the youth organizations. I have served many times working with the 12-18 yr. old girls, as teacher, leader, mentor, girls camp leader, and athletic director. I have taught Sunday lessons to the girls from; how to manage and budget your money to how to recognize the Spirit of Heavenly Father in your lives. I have camped, hiked, boated, kayaked, canoed, swam, and laughed with these young women over many years, and call them my friends. I have served as the Adult Women's leader over the women ages 18- 100, and have learned a love for all women. Women who have the same dreams, ideals, and love of Heavenly Father as I do, women who struggle with the same dreams, and failures in life that I do. Currently my husband and I are serving working with the Young Adults of our area, ages 18-30. I love these young adults, many whom I have already served with and taught as youth. I love their exuberance and vitality for life, their dedication to the service our our Lord.