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Hi I'm Marnie Pehrson

I grew up in Daisy, Tennessee. I'm an author, book coach and online publicist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a mother of 6 in Northwest Georgia who is the author of 25 fiction and nonfiction titles. I enjoy writing historical Southern fiction as well as nonfiction business and inspirational. I believe everyone has a message to share, and my passion is helping people tell their stories. Whether it's the life histories of my ancestors that I integrate into my novels, coaching people through writing their own books, or promoting an expert online, I love highlighting truth and talent in the lives of ordinary people who know and do extraordinary things. I work from home as an online publicist, creating/managing online communities that help talented people deliver their messages to the world).

Why I am a Mormon

My mother joined the LDS Church when I was 4. When I was about 14 years old, I decided I wanted to know if it was true for myself. I'd grown up going to Christian schools and was well-grounded in the Bible. I'd read the Book of Mormon. On this particular evening, I read the story of Joseph Smith's First Vision and knelt by my bed to pray about whether he was indeed a prophet and whether The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was Christ's church restored upon the earth. I received a peaceful witness on that occasion which confirmed to me that all of this was true. That testimony has never left me. Over the years I became an avid student of the scriptures. The more I study, the more I know that Christ's church has been restored to the earth and that there are prophets on the earth today. I am a seeker of truth and the LDS faith gives me a phenomenal framework from which to explore truth. As Moroni said, whatever leads us to Christ and entices us to do good is from God. I use these two yardsticks to measure truth wherever I go. I love that "Mormonism" embraces all truth. As Brigham Young said, "Truth is truth where 'ere we find it." The gospel gives me a firm foundation upon which to stand as I learn truth from people of all different beliefs, backgrounds and ideologies. As the family of God, we are all His children and my faith encourages me to love and respect everyone.

How I live my faith

Probably the biggest way I live my faith is by promoting good messages in the world. I have gathered a community of individuals I call "light bearers" of diverse backgrounds and belief systems who are all working toward "liberating the captive" in one way or another. I believe that those who take up Christ's mission to "liberate the captives and set the prisoners free" are conduits of His light and love whether they realize it or not. As one goes about liberating another soul from emotional, physical, mental or emotional bondage, he or she is Christ's hands/feet on this earth. I strive to bring this faith in Jesus Christ into everything I do by assisting "Light Bearers" in illuminating the path for others and liberating those who are trapped in limiting situations.

Why do Mormons perform baptisms for the dead?

Marnie Pehrson
God is a loving, kind, and merciful Father. He wants all of His children to come home to Him. Jesus taught that baptism is a requirement to enter the Kingdom of God See Matthew 313-17. Yet, not everyone has the opportunity in this life to receive this saving ordinance. Rather than condemn these people never to enter the Kingdom of God, God has provided a way for them to come home. In temples, we act as proxies for our deceased relatives and are baptized for and in their behalf. Then, if they choose to accept that ordinance in the spirit world, it will be for them as if they were baptized in the flesh. Baptism for the dead was practiced anciently in the early church. Paul refers to baptism for the dead in 1 Corinthians 1529. Through the restoration of the gospel, this practice has been restored so that all may have the opportunity to follow Christ into the waters of baptism -- no matter where they lived or what they were taught in mortality. Show more Show less