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Hi I'm Merrilee

I'm an East Coast girl living in the desert, a daughter, wife, and mother. I'm a believer in miracles. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm an East Coaster living in the desert, the youngest (and Fav4it) daughter in a family of 4 girls, and spend most of my time surrounded by 4 boys, one's my husband Todd, the other 3 are my children. I love all things cute, birthdays and throwing parties, taking pictures of my children although they turn into complete goof balls if my lens is pointed at them, and I secretly enjoy dancing in the car...the moment the music turns on, I just can't help myself. I'm a crafter, constantly working on projects...some day I might even complete one. Todd and I met at BYU and were married almost instantly. After he graduated, we moved back to his home state of Arizona where we have lived for all but 2 years since. Those 2 years away saved my husband's life...well those 2 years plus millions of prayers, the right team of doctors, an organ donor and a loving Father in Heaven. Todd's health started deteriorating as a result of a rare liver disease (PSC). We were told that he needed a liver transplant. After waiting a year and a half for a donor on the regional list here in Arizona and after having no luck, we felt inspired to relocate to Florida where there is a higher percentage of transplants done. We continued to wait for several more months. I stood by his side as he said goodbye to our children. An hour or so later, a liver had been found that was a match for Todd. So most of all, I'm a believer in miracles...I wake up each morning next to one who is happy and healthy!

Why I am a Mormon

I wish I could pinpoint a specific moment when I knew for myself that the Church was true, but I can't. It was always just in my life and what we did together as a family. Even though the Church wasn't very big where we lived, my parents were constantly involved in church service. I watched them closely and knew that I wanted to be just like them. As my knowledge of the gospel increased, so did my testimony in it's truthfulness. I never could imagine what my life would be like without it and still can't. It has brought me peace, comfort, and strength to keep going even when times were tough. It has given me perspective in situations beyond my control, a deeper understanding of our Heavenly Father's Plan, a plan designed for our happiness not only for today or until death do we part, but from today to forever, throughout the eternities. The key to that plan is Jesus Christ. My testimony of Him is simple. He is the way, He is our Savior, He is the Son of God and He lives.

How I live my faith

The Gospel of Jesus Christ is more than just a 3 hour block of meetings, it's who we are to the core, it's a way of living. We live it the best we can every hour of every day, but it's a constant fine tuning process where we try to do our best and grow from our mistakes. It is a way to create healthy marriages and united families. It is a good way to prepare my children for what they have to face each day as I send them out to the world. Each morning before they go to school, we study the scriptures together. On Monday nights, we have Family Home Evening, a night that we dedicate to just spending time with eachother, learning about truths that the gospel contains, playing games and eating treats...treats are a must. I am a member of the women's organization in our church. This organization is a blessing to me on several levels. The women in it contain a wealth of knowledge from miscellanious facts to spiritual insights that in turn bless my family. I enjoy visiting with them, at church, in my home and in their homes as well. Currently, I serve as the Primary President in my ward. I serve with some of these amazing women over the children starting when they are 18 months old until they turn 12, a calling I couldn't do by myself. It's the best place to be on Sunday's, teaching the children, singing with them, smiling at the silly things they do, and embracing the chaos that occurs when there are over 60 children in one room ages 3-7. I love the children, I love planning activites for them to do, ways for them to learn and grow and develop their talents. The primary has many aspects, including Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts, Activity Day's for the girls, and nursery for the little ones, all of which we try to make sure they run smoothly. Some of my favorite things that we've done in our Primary include a School Teacher Appreciation Night, a talent show, and service projects for earthquake survivors. I'm excited to see what else we have in store to do.

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

We believe that God gave Joseph Smith a commandment called the Word of Wisdom, which is a law regarding our health. Our physical health is directly related to our spiritual health. The Word of Wisdom teaches us that we should avoid those things that are going to harm our bodies or that our bodies will become addicted to. Addictions like smoking or drinking alcohol dull our senses and cloud our mind and judgement. We are also taught that eating a healthy diet will give us strength, energy and clarity. We have each been given a body by our Father in Heaven and have been asked to take care of it as best we can. Every person and in turn every body is different, but by living the Word of Wisdom, we will be able to reach the fulness of our bodies potential here on earth. The Word of Wisdom also promises us that if we live it, God will be bless us with physical strength and endurance, the ability to receive personal revelation, and even preservation of life. Show more Show less