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Hi I'm Marilee

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I went to college to be an architect, but changed to early childhood education during my Freshman year. Being an educator is something I love because of the children. I haven't taught school in many years, but get to work with children through the children's program (it's called Primary) in Church. I have the privilege of teaching the three and four year old children, which is great because of my five children, only one is still at home. Since I am no longer teaching, I am working in an office as an administrative assistant where I have learned many new and useful things pertaining to computers. One of my favorite pastimes is riding my bicycle with my husband around the neighborhoods in our area. Things I like to do include sewing, reading a variety of books, and cook. I also consider myself the local "Missionary Mom" because I love to help them out by providing them dinner, giving them haircuts, and repairing their clothes. Being of service is something I really enjoy.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when I was eight through my parents. Being a precocious child, my parents allowed me to have the missionaries teach me the gospel before deciding the join the Church. I am grateful for parents who let me make my own decision. Over the past forty years, I have had a variety of ups, downs, and "all-a-rounds" that have tested my faith and commitment to God, but through it all my personal relationship with Him that has put things in perspective and given me the comfort I have needed to keep going. What I love about my membership in Jesus' church is that I know God loves me and wants me to be happy and He is only a prayer away - REALLY. That makes all the difference.

How I live my faith

I live my faith through personal scripture study, daily prayers, and weekly Sunday worship. In the LDS church, geographic divisions of an area determine which congregation a person will attend. I am currently in what is called a "Ward." A ward is approximately 300 to 400 people or about 150 families, plus or minus. Currently, in our ward I am serving as the Ward Choir Director and the teacher of the three and four year old children in Primary. I have served in a variety of capacities over the years, each of which has been an opportunity to grow and have my faith increased. As a ward is like a large version of a family, and if you live in an area for any length of time, you come to love and appreciate your fellow church members as you share in one another's lives with all the good times and bad. In everything, I believe the scripture that states, "...when ye are in the service of your fellow beings, ye are only in the serive of your God."