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Hi I'm Mary Lou

I was born in Washington DC, grew up in Colorado, and live in the mountains. I'm a wife, mom and grandma. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My first love in my life is my husband. We met at college and life has been an adventure ever since. We love exploring the world around us, especially visiting national and state parks. We especially love doing it on a motorcycle. My second love in my life are my four children. We spent many summers traveling and camping with them, visiting many wonderful places. My third love in my life are my grandchildren, though only one has come to earth as of now. We look forward to all that will join us and will love to gather them around us along with our children. I enjoy having my family around me more than anything else in life. I'm also a registered nurse and love helping and caring for others. I especially enjoy working with hospice patients and families. So many lessons are learned as we near the end of this life. I've seen the goodness and sacrifice of families and loved ones as they care for those who are dying. And even hospice patient often teaches me so much about love and life as they near the end event. I'm also a musician. To me, music is another language that goes beyond this life. I'm not a concert pianist, but I love playing and especially accompanying - choirs, singers, instrumentalists. I have been so blessed to have this talent that I share it freely as often as I'm asked. I love sharing music with children. Their voices are so pure and sweet, and they learn so quickly.

Why I am a Mormon

I owe who I am to some very strong and courageous people. I have 6 and 7 generations of ancestors who have been blessed to live with the gospel in their mortal lives. They felt the spirit speak to their hearts and recognized truth. Because of this truth burning in their bosoms, they chose to leave lands of their nativity and travel to foreign places, wherever the spirit called them to go. They endured many, many hardships to serve their God. Some even died at a young age along the way. I am forever indebted to them for their sacrifices and for living lives that brought such wonderful blessings to me. I was born of goodly parents. Their lives and actions are monuments to the principles of goodness they followed. They gave me every opportunity to grow and learn for myself, and encouraged me to seek for truth on my own. As a child, I was very accepting of whatever my parents taught me; but I had my opportunity to doubt and search for myself through my college years. I cannot deny what I know to be true. First, I know that Jesus is the Christ, my Savior, the Son of God. I have learned for myself that Joseph Smith saw God, the Father and Jesus Christ, His son, like he testified so many times. He was a prophet for that God here on earth, and brought forth the translation of the Book of Mormon and restored Jesus Christ's church with the fullness of the gospel. I have read the Book of Mormon many times, and each time I feel the spirit and learn more truths. It was written for us today, so we may know of Christ and His ways. It brings us to Christ, along with the Old and New Testaments. Through watching my parents and others around me, I saw the joy that living the gospel brings. I feel this same joy in my life. It makes me happy, even when sad things happen around me. It gives me peace and confidence so I can be calm through hard times. I see and feel the joy that families bring to ones' life. My family is the purpose of my life, to help bring about our eternal lives.

How I live my faith

I love serving others and helping wherever I can. Some people never grow up, and I guess that is why I love working with young people. Even though I love hot showers and the conveniences of our modern homes, I have gone camping with young women for over 20 years. Spending a week in the mountains with the bare necessities brings you so close to each other, and every young lady needs to feel the love and support of others. Many cherished memories and friendships are made when we camp together. We share of ourselves spirit to spirit. We share our testimonies of Jesus Christ as our Savior. I've also loved teaching and learning with the young women at church and weekly activities. Their love of life is so contagious. Even though I love to sleep, I loved getting up early every school morning and meeting with the youth that are high school age. We studied scriptures together. Their insights and perspective of the gospel and how it relates to life were incredible. They are obedient to their parents and to God for getting up so early at a very busy time of their lives. I thank them for sharing that with me. I enjoy serving other women and their families in whatever way I can, through helping clean homes to preparing food, or teaching and learning together in classes and activities. It is fun to work and grow together. Praying, reading scriptures, attending church activities and worship on Sunday, and becoming good, honest, faithful citizens of God and our country were all things that my husband and I incorporated into our home and family life with our children.