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Hi I'm Robin Marie

I love Podcasts, baking, thunderstorms, Mexican food, fountain pop, dance parties in my living room, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

When I was little I wanted to be Perry Mason or Nancy Drew or a Senator. Instead I graduated in Communications; Broadcast Journalism from Brigham Young University and moved to Washington DC. While there I fell in love with the area as well as my husband to be. I was fortunate to attend a High School with the International Baccalaureate program. I had tremendous teachers, specifically English teachers. They instilled in me a love of fantastic literature. It was in their classrooms that I fell in love with Shakespeare, Africa and Latin America. I studied Spanish for 6 years and spent a semester next to a volcano in Puebla, Mexico teaching illiterate adults how to write their names. I was hungry to visit every possible ruin that I could, ultimately deciding that everyone must see Monte Albán in Oaxaca. I returned home, only to switch gears and speak Portuguese on a mission for my church to Brazil. Many years later I was able to spend a Summer in Mozambique doing humanitarian work, speaking my out-of-shape Portuguese and falling in love with orphans. I also fulfilled a dream and visited Peru and spent two amazing days at Machu Picchu with friends. Now I'd love to stay home wearing a cute apron, and bake the day away while listening to my iPod. My favorite Podcasts are Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me, This American Life and RadioLab. Which works out perfectly on a Saturday during Football season since I'm more of a Phoenix Suns kind of fan!

Why I am a Mormon

I'm a 6th generation Mormon. But my membership in the Church is more than just my genealogy. Growing up, I worried that my conversion story was not a miraculous one. I felt like I had always had a testimony of Jesus Christ and His Church. One year in high school I was studying the gifts of the spirit as illustrated in Corinthians and the Doctrine & Covenants. I was struck by one in particular. Every kid knew there was the gift of speaking in tongues and working miracles. But that day I stumbled upon this: "To some it is given by the Holy Ghost to know that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, and that he was crucified for the sins of the world." D&C 46:13 In that moment the spirit was so strong. It told me that it was okay that I didn't have a singular moment in which my testimony was borne, in a way, I had been born believing, and I continue to do so. Like many people, my family wasn't perfect. At times my learning was through bad examples. I decided very young that I wanted to live my life differently. I wanted to stand up for my standards and my religion. For me, that path was not a difficult one, but often it was very lonely. I am positive though, that the choices I made in my teens, specifically to stay true to the Gospel, laid a firm foundation for the rest of my life. Through my membership in His Church, studying the Book of Mormon and the Bible, I know that I am daughter of God. I know He loves me and hears and answers my prayers. I know He has given us the Holy Spirit to comfort our troubled hearts. I know he speaks to a living prophet today upon the earth. I know Jesus is our Savior and that He died for not only our sins but our sufferings as well.

How I live my faith

Several things Mormons do are outwardly noticeable. Such as not drinking alcohol, coffee or not smoking. I also don't participate in a lot of things my friends do on Sundays. I dress differently than a lot of them. I also speak differently. I didn't get married until I was 28 and I was a virgin when I got married. At the time I worked in television news. The majority of my co-workers had never known a Mormon. I think that was the reason they were fascinated with all of these facts. It was fun to see what kinds of questions they'd have for me. I always enjoy helping my friends better understand who I am and what I believe, and ultimately why I live my life the way I do. In the church we all help run the organizations and programs through volunteer positions. I have held many different positions. Most recently I spent several years as a volunteer youth counselor at church working with the youth. Specifically, the 12-18 year old young women. Currently I teach the 9-year old Sunday school class. I feel that these two jobs have been some of the hardest and the most rewarding. I have enjoyed focusing on the youth and children of the church, sharing my testimony with them and helping them live the gospel of Jesus Christ.