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Hi I'm Marsha

I'm married with no children. I love to read and listen to jazz, blues, Turkish and Arabic music. I belly dance. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love reading - right now I'm on a dystopian fiction kick. I make cold-process soap for my family and friends. I have a BA in Psychology. I love listening to jazz, blues, Brazillian, Balkan, West African, Arabic, Turkish, Romani, and Moroccan Chaabi music - and especially love it when it is live and I can dance to it. I love dancing and am sure that I will do it in some form until the day I die. I play the def (Arabic frame drum). I am constantly learning about better gardening techniques so that I can get more yield from my vegetable garden. I love travelling to different countries and learning about other cultures. I love shopping at thrift stores and repurposing things I find - turning "junk" into something useful and beautiful.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into an LDS family and was raised in a "gospel centered" home. However, I made some really terrible choices after high school and strayed from living the gospel and attending church. I was trying to be happy by following my impulses and going along with the "fun" crowd. After 10 years of living this way, I ended up absolutely miserable and suicidal. So much for the fun crowd. At the urging of a good friend who was concerned about me, I began attending a "new age" church with him and taking weekday classes there that taught me how to meditate and take control of my life. In one of the classes, the minister said that now we had a better understanding of the nature of the universe, God, and ourselves than we had growing up and he challenged us to re-examine the religion we were brought up in to see if we could find value in it. I had tremendous respect for him, so I took his challenge. I thought the best way to do that would be to read the Book of Mormon. I read it with a completely open mind and heart and paid close attention to the impressions I received as I read. It bore strong testimony of Jesus Christ. The impressions I received were that the book was true scripture, was translated from ancient texts by revelation, and that by living the principles it taught I would find joy in this life and the life to come. I felt that because the Book of Mormon was true, Joseph Smith had to be a true prophet of God. And that if Joseph Smith was a true prophet, the current prophet of the LDS church must be a true prophet as well. There were many other personal revelations that followed that made me realize I needed to "come back to the fold" and be active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints again. There were big changes I needed to make in my life and some very bad habits to break, but with the help of loving and understanding church members and leaders I was able to have the blessings of the gospel in my life again.

How I live my faith

Service and thinking of others doesn't really come naturally to me, but I think it's a habit that we can acquire and it gets easier the more we do it. I appreciate the opportunities that I am given at church that help me develop these good habits. Every month I visit three women in our congregation to see how they are doing and how I can help them. I am able to minister to their needs, offer encouragement and support, pray for them, as well as give them a spiritual message when I am in their homes. I attend the temple often, attend church every Sunday, read the scriptures daily, and pray with my husband morning and night. This gives me hope and strength to overcome the challenges I face. I try to live my life so that my Father in Heaven will be proud of me. Learning about my Savior, Jesus Christ, gives me the guidelines for living a righteous life. My testimony of Jesus Christ as my Savior and Redeemer is strengthened as I daily live His gospel.