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Hi I'm Marie

I grew up in Arlington,VA. I now live in a mountain community outside of Denver, CO. I am a stay at home mom.

About Me

Where to begin? I will start with my family that is central to my life today. I married at the young age of 18. My husband and I worked hard in school, at work and at raising a family. Taking a longer than average time to get my bachelors degree I graduated from Brigham Young University 10 years after I began in Special Education. While I have had brief periods working in my field of study, the vast majority of my time has been spent at home with my children. Now, after 21 years of married life I find myself as a mom of a 2 year old, two elementary aged children, two high-schoolers and a college student. I can be found almost daily hiking with my 2 year old in a backpack on the mountain trails near my home in Conifer, Colorado. I enjoy reading a wide genre of books for knowledge, fun and relaxation. Creative writing is a hobby I have found myself dabbling in over the years and I have tried to consistently keep a journal of my daily life. Most days I do love to cook for my family and I especially like trying out new recipes. I enjoy exploring my state of Colorado, the United States and beyond. Having reached my milestone birthday of 40 years this year I have found myself amazed at the passage of time and recognizing more fully the value of making the most of each day.

Why I am a Mormon

Why me? I have oftened wondered this. Why me? Why am I a Mormon?  I always knew God loved me. I grew up in a neighborhood dotted with Christian churches. In my childhood and youth I attended a Baptist church, summers at a Methodist Vacation Bible School and a Christian youth group. I gained much that was good and true from these experiences. My introduction to "The Mormons" came as a 6 year old when a Latter-day Saint family moved into my neighborhood. They had a daughter my age and we became best friends. From this time forward I began a wondrous journey learning about the Mormons and their faith. I loved going to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from the start. The messages rang true and gave me a feeling of happiness. In my childhood I could feel a distinctive spirit whispering to me of the truthfulness of the gospel of Jesus Christ. At a very young age I resolved that I would someday be baptized as a Mormon, go to BYU, go on an LDS mission, and marry in an LDS temple. Years later my hopes and dreams unfolded. I joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the fall of my senior year of high school. I then went on to study and finally graduate in Special Education at BYU. I met my husband at BYU and we married in the Salt Lake temple. I look forward to fulfilling my final goal of serving a mission someday. I joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and became a Mormon simply because I believed all the things I had studied and learned about the restored gospel of Jesus Christ to be true. Over the past 23 years as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints I have had many experiences and strong impressions testifying to me of the truthfulness of this gospel. The spirit of the Lord continues to testify to me with feelings of peace and calmness of these truths. I really don't know why me? But I am truly grateful that I am a Mormon, that I belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter- day Saints.

How I live my faith

Taking care of my family is the central part of how I live my faith. I try to stay close to the Lord and to be guided by his spirit daily in the things I do. My children and husband help teach me how to be a better person in this life. We are a good family, but certainly not perfect. We live in the mountains of Colorado at 8200'. It isn't always easy or smooth as we make our "climbs" each day, but we keep trying and helping each other. As a convert to the church it is wonderful to see my children growing up in the gospel of Jesus Christ. I live my faith by trying to teach my children about Jesus Christ. We strive daily to have individual and family prayer and scripture study. We attend church together as a family each Sunday and I love going to the Denver temple. I truly enjoy getting to know a variety of people of all backgrounds and religions. While I have many wonderful and cherished Mormon friends I can definitely say that some of my best friends and relationships have been and are with people who are not of my faith. I am continually in awe of their good examples to me in this life. At church we all have different ways in which we can help one another. Currently, I play with and teach children in our Nursery while their parents attend Sunday School classes. I also enjoy visiting teaching where I have gotten to know and love other women as we become friends through serving each other. Overall, I try to live my faith by doing the things I know to be true. I'm not perfect, but I keep trying to do a little better each day. I know my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ love me. I know that through the Atonement of Jesus Christ I can become a better person and the Lord will help me in all things.