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Hi I'm MJ

I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a semi-empty nester, tying to do my best to make worthwhile use of the time I have now that my children are mostly out of the home. (college kids just float in and out and don't quite land anymore). I love youth, and I work with a values-based ballroom dance company for youth. I also teach scriptures to youth in the wee hours of the morning (before their regular high school classes start). I have a wonderful husband who is patient with me as I transition to grandmotherhood. I love my young grandchildren and I get excited about life all over again as I watch these little ones explore their world. Life is good.

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a Mormon home, and I have always been obedient. I followed my mother's example of activity in the church, and didn't really question it, because it made sense to me. After I left home, I gained a stronger testimony of the truthfulness of the principles I was living. Through my life's journey, I have experienced the joys of living the gospel, and have witnessed the pain that comes when things are not right in your life. Not a punishment pain, but a discontent and restless nature that has a hard time finding truth, light, and peace. I am content and at peace, even when faced with hard times and problems. My faith and the principles of my religion bring me that peace.

How I live my faith

I try to start each day with prayer to focus my energies and priorities where the Lord wants them to be for that day. I am strengthened and can face my obligations with the right attitude. It helps me look outward to others that I might serve instead of inward to myself, where I may become critical and selfish. I love sharing scriptural insights with the youth I teach in the mornings. Seeing them understand a gospel principle and how they can apply scriptural teachings to their everyday high school situations is truly exciting to me. I get to share my testimony every day with them, and we grow in the gospel together. I also try to serve when I have the opportunity to bring in a meal, help a sister clean house, or tend children. We all need help, and extra hands are God's tools. It is sometimes hard to find good and happy things in this world, but service brings me a better perspective and strengthens my faith.