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Hi I'm Marianne

I'm a proud wife and homeschooling mother of five beautiful children. I'm currently fighting breast cancer, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am passionate about education. I love homeschooling our children and am grateful for the strength it's given to our family. After two years of homeschooling I was diagnosed with a very aggressive form of breast cancer. My battle with cancer has brought life and its many diverse challenges into perspective. I'm so grateful for the time homeschooling has allowed me to spend with my children and for the close relationships it's helped me to develop with them. I'm grateful to know for certain that the same priesthood power Jesus used to heal the lame and blind while He was on the earth has been restored again to the earth in these later days. The power of the priesthood has been used to bless and heal me many times throughout my life. It has especially been a comfort to me as I battle with cancer and the many side effects of the treatments I'm currently receiving. My husband and I were sealed in the temple eleven years ago, and I'm so grateful for the knowledge that gives me that we can be together as a family eternally, not just "till death do us part". This helps me find purpose and meaning in working towards a marriage that's the best it can be, and forming healthy, positive relationships with my children. I love my family so much, despite the challenges and frustrations that naturally come from mothering five young children, and I'm so grateful to know I can be with them forever!

Why I am a Mormon

I was born into a family rich in Mormon heritage. I love that my parents taught us the values and principles they'd learned as children which had been passed down from my pioneer ancestors. I also love and value that they encouraged each of us to find out for ourselves if what they were teaching us were true. I was never discouraged from attending church with friends who belonged to different faiths, and even had some great experiences at other Christian Bible camps. I think because I was encouraged to study it out and find out for myself, rather than just "believe", I became much more familiar with the doctrines of the gospel of Jesus Christ than I otherwise would have been. I studied His words and life and came to know for myself of His divine mission and my need for His atoning sacrifice in my behalf. I'm grateful for the life Jesus lived. I'm so very grateful that through Joseph Smith the Lord was able to restore the fullness of His gospel, church, and priesthood power in these later days. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints which I belong to now is organized in the same way Christ organized His church when He lived on the earth. The same doctrines are taught and the same priesthood power is used to bless and edify the lives of its members. I know the Book of Mormon to be the word of God. I invite you to read it and ask Him in prayer if it is true. I know He will answer you. This book truly is another testament of Jesus Christ. I recently read through it and highlighted each time His name was mentioned. It was amazing to me to see that the Book of Mormon is so very full of Christ, His teachings, testimonies of Him, His power, and His Atonement. I love the Bible and the Book of Mormon both, and I'm so grateful for how they compliment each other.

How I live my faith

I think the main way I live my faith each and every day is by teaching my children how to live a Christlike life. I am by no means perfect, but striving to teach them helps me to be a better person and to draw nearer to my Savior each day. By teaching them the importance of following Christ's teachings to love one another, serve one another, forgive one another, glorify God, study His word and His life, my faith is strengthened. I try to share the gospel of Christ with those around me by living as He would have me do and talking to others about Him. I love Christ very much and want to share the knowledge of His mission and sacrifice with everyone.

Why are only some Mormons allowed into temples? Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? What goes on in Mormon Temples?

Anyone who is living the commandments and teachings of the gospel and striving to be a good person is welcome to, and even encouraged to attend the temple. A temple is a place we can come closer to God by learning about His plan for us here on earth, the mission of His Son Jesus Christ, and where we can feel of His Spirit. Is there something secret going on in Mormon Temples? I would say no, there is nothing secret about the temple, but rather what goes on there is sacred, and therefore we don't usually feel comfortable talking about it in a casual setting, or with those who might not have an open mind or heart to the way we worship. Temples have been on the earth throughout history, and we believe the truths taught in the temple today are the same as those God has taught His children in temples throughout the ages. In temples ordinances such as baptism and marriage are performed with priesthood power. I have had the blessing and opportunity of working as a volunteer in the temple. It is the most sacred, special, and beautiful place on earth. I love being there and desire everyone to come and see why. Show more Show less