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Hi I'm Mary

I am a mother of three and mother-in-law to a beautiful daughter and handsome son to be and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love Genealogy/Family History. My parents divorced when I was five years old and I have struggled with the hole in my soul of not having a father in my life. I had always wondered about where my grandparents came from and why they left their homeland. My father's family came from England and Russia. My mother's family came from Germany and Scotland. What a combination! This is when I discovered my "organizational talent" and that I am a natural detective. Over the last six years I have pieced together six generations on each side of my family, as well as, my husbands family. It is my passion! As for the hole in my soul, well it has been filled. Filled by the many generations in our family tree.

Why I am a Mormon

As a young professional I worked all week and enjoyed my job. However, come the weekend I would find myself at my mother's home and by Sunday, feeling empty to the point of tears. I felt there had to be more to life and something was missing. As a child I was raised in the Lutheran church and my family was very active. Then we moved when I was in the eighth grade. We did not find another church until I was a sophomore in high school. It was not the same and my family quit attending. I remembered a girl from high school who was a Mormon and I knew she was different...in a good way. It took me eight long years to find the source of the happiness that was missing in my life. I called the missionaries.. Elder Hardy and Elder Harding. It turns out I am what they called Golden and that was 33 years ago. Today I have a wonderful husband and three great children, a beautiful daughter-in-law and soon to add a fine son-in-law. We are an eternal family and the only tears now are tears of joy.

How I live my faith

Right now I am serving as a missionary in the LDS Employment Resource Center. I enjoy working with members and non-members who are searching to find employment or improve their current employment situation. It is very rewarding to celebrate with a candidate when they achieved success...employment! During the recent economy there has been an increase in the number of non-members seeking assistance with their employment needs. At times it would seem LDS Employment Resource is their last hope. "Expect A Miracle" is a large carpet sign that hangs on our office wall and many times the first words out of a candidates mouth is "I need a miracle". The Lord performs many miracles each day in our office. He knows each of us as individuals. He knows our needs, troubles and desires. It is so wonderful for both us as missionaries and our candidates when they receive their Miracle and employment.

Why is self-reliance important to Mormons? Why do Mormons talk about emergency preparedness?

In today's world wide economy it is a real comfort to know that we are prepared. That we are prepared to help our family, our friends and our neighbors. It has brought comfort to us in the past when we had loss of income and we were able to sustain ourselves. We have taught our children to be wise stewards over all they have or will have. This principle has helped them through their college years. Show more Show less