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Hi I'm Marcella

I grew up in Boise, Idaho. I went to Culinary School in New York City and became a food stylist. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am married 9 years and am a mother to a toddler daughter. We experienced the woes of infertility for a few years, but I finally gave birth to a beautiful girl. I lived in NYC for five years where I graduated from culinary school and began my career as a food stylist for magazines, cookbooks and advertising. Now, I mostly stay at home raising my little girl. We have lots of fun going to parks, playdates and parties or just staying home and painting or reading books. I am her best friend right now and hope to stay her best friend all her life.

Why I am a Mormon

My mother converted to the church along with her younger sister when she was 14 years old. Her mother had left the church and didn't rejoin until many years later. My father was born a member of the church. I was born to a mother and father with unwavering faith to the Mormon church. My testimony was built on a firm foundation which is why I found it later after having left the church in my early twenties for 7 years. It took a miracle of prayer by my mother and other family members to bring me back to the church. My mother prayed that I would find someone who would interest me in returning to church. My husband came along who was Catholic, but searching for something more. His conversion to the Mormon faith was the beginning of my reconversion. Although, I was reluctant, the moment I walked into the chapel of a Manhattan ward for the first time, I had a very strong feeling that this is where I needed to be. It felt like home. Many months before, very audible clear words entered my mind that I knew were not my own. The voice said "there is more to life". I knew these were words from the Holy Ghost. Now, as I go to parks and see all the little children and the mother's who are carrying the future children of the world, I know what life is all about. It is about family and finding happiness. It is about these little ones. To bring them up in truth and righteousness to be beacons to the world for good. I have had too many personal, spiritual confirmations that have built my testimony of the truthfulness of Joseph Smith's vision and the Church of Jesus Christ to ever have my faith shaken again.

How I live my faith

I attend church on Sunday. When I have had to miss church I feel a void that week. I really enjoy seeing people at church. They are like family. I don't live near any of my family, so it is wonderful to have so many people who share a common bond and have a geniune interest in me, my husband and daughter. I enjoy helping people like taking dinner to someone who is sick or volunteering my time to teach cooking. Two hours of my time at church on Sunday is spent teaching 2 and 3 year old children about the gospel and how to be kind to their friends. The other hour is Sacrament meeting, where I try to teach my 2 year old to sit still quietly. I try to live honestly, friendly and do good in my community among friends and neighbors.