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Hi I'm Mary

I'm the mother of a missionary. I love to cook (and eat). I don't "do crafts," and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

Over 20 years ago, I met and married an easy-going, fun-loving man, and we've been nauseatingly happy ever since. He is my best friend and favorite person. I am the really proud mother of a son and a daughter. My son recently left home for 2 years to serve a mission for our church in Brazil; we sure miss him, but he loves his mission, and we're grateful that he desires to serve God. He loves the people of Brazil, as evidenced in all the exclamation points in the e-mails we receive (36 in the last one)! I spend quite a bit of my spare time cooking and volunteering at our local food bank. Those two things go together because I love to feed people! I especially love to make Asian, Mexican, and Greek food. My friend just taught me to make pork and cheese tamales and real Mexican-style rice with green avocado salsa. Not much makes me happier than having a full houseful of friends and family, eating yummy food, and talking and laughing and playing games. I have an English degree and worked as an editor in the environmental science industry for 15 years. I don't like most crafts, but I love to knit, especially socks and baby booties.

Why I am a Mormon

I have three older brothers, and I grew up attending the Mormon church each week. I was baptized when I was 8 years old, but it wasn't until I was a teenager that I began to form my own convictions that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints truly is the only church led by the Savior of the world. Certainly other churches contain elements of the truth and goodness, but the Mormon church is the only completely true church on the face of the earth. Over the years, I have studied and prayed, asking for insight about various aspects of the church. My answers have come in several different ways. Sometimes right during or right after my prayer, I'll feel comforted and peaceful. Sometimes I'll be reading a story in the scriptures, and I'll have an insight about a certain principle, or the Spirit will teach me something I've never thought of before. Sometimes I'll hear someone else express a belief or knowledge about a certain gospel topic, and I'll feel so joyful and enlightened that I'm brought to tears. Those feelings confirm to me that what I've prayed about, or read, or heard is true. I'm a Mormon because I love to serve and feel connected to other people. The Mormon church offers unlimited opportunities to be aware of others, to be my brother's and sister's keeper. I'm a Mormon because I know that the Lord Jesus Christ has a living prophet on the earth today, President Thomas S. Monson. God is real. He has a plan for all of us to be happy, and that plan involves following His son, Jesus Christ.

How I live my faith

I teach a class called "seminary" to 15- and 16-year olds who live in my area. Seminary starts at 6:00 Monday through Friday, every school day. This year, we're studying the Old Testament. We sing, pray, read scriptures, and play games. The goal of seminary is to help the teenagers understand and apply the teachings and Atonement of Jesus Christ and prepare to attend one of our temples. They also learn how to live pure lives and help their families and others draw closer to the Savior and to God. I love working with teenagers, and I love seminary! It is a blessing to me to attend church each week. My family-of-origin is a bit broken up because my mother died when I was almost seven. I have three brothers, and we all live in nearly opposite sides of the country. We try to support each other, but it's difficult. Our mother was the "glue" of our family, and she's been gone so long that we're not very good at being consistently attached. Many of my emotional needs are met at church, where I have a whole congregation-size family. I feel loved and accepted and supported at church. On a good day, when I'm following the Savior Jesus Christ, I provide those feelings of attachment and belonging to others in our congregation.