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Hi I'm Marian

Hi. I'm an Aussie woman who loves music, family and education. I'm also a Mormon.

About Me

I love music, children, art and literacy. I'd like to incorporate all of my 'loves' into supporting myself with my own business and I have begun that this year. It isn't as easy as I thought it would be! However I hope to succeed eventually! I've studied and received a diploma in Library & information Services and a degree in Early Childhood Education. I've also completed a Kindermusik course. There are so many other courses I would like to do: writing, learning german, photography, web design. The list could go on and on. So I can safely say I am not brilliant at any one thing but enjoy being good at a few things and able to learn the other things. Music has been a big part of my life. I've sung in church choirs, with my Mum, at nursing homes in small groups, I even performed a very nerve-racking solo once at a small presentation. An achievement I am proud of is having self-published a photo-quote book. I've also made a family memory book for my Mum's birthday which I was so excited to get back in 'real' book form! I am in the process of writing a childrens book. I'd LOVE to become a published writer. I have 13 nieces and nephews and I really enjoy spending time with them. Recently I've painted decorations for the school disco, camped, attended a school musical and I've looked after five children while their parents were on their first overseas trip. It has been lots of fun.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the LDS church when I was 14 years old. I suppose I was a fairly serious youth and I remember reading the Bible and asking my mother, and the adults of the church I attended from age twelve, lots of questions. One day my sister began attending the LDS church and I was invited to hear the message the missionaries shared. This was the beginning of gaining an understanding and an assurance, for myself, that God is real and that He does answer our prayers. I heard about how Joseph Smith, as a 14 year old boy, knelt down and prayed to God to know what he needed to do and which church he needed to join. When I heard about this boy's quest and about the response he received I was surprised, but not convinced, that God would appear to someone who seemed to be so much like me. Searching and so young. As time went on and I began to pray to know for myself if God was really there and if He had in fact visited Joseph I felt a calmness in my mind. I felt that I had a Father in Heaven who loved me and from that day I have tried to recognised the small miracles in my life which I know come from Heavenly Father. I still love reading the scriptures and find much comfort and many answers in their pages. There are so many beautiful passages in the New Testament and the Book of Mormon which I love and which help me know that God is a God of love and of mercy and of peace. Reading the scriptures also helps me to remember that I am a child of God and that He is always there to listen and to help me.

How I live my faith

Being a Mormon is more than going to church on Sunday. It is a way of life that I am still learning and will continue to learn to live each day for the rest of my life. It is also a life to be filled with service and kind acts towards others. At the moment I have the privilege of teaching a scripture study class each week day morning from 7am to 8am and you'd never guess who attends the class...teens! It's amazing! For an hour each morning we get to study the scriptures together and talk about how having faith in Jesus Christ can help us live lives that will bring us peace here on earth and much joy in the life to come.