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Hi I'm MaryJane

I grew up on a horse racing facility. I am a seamstress and a home economist. I have children and grandchildren. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up riding horses and working hard completing many daily chores that are required to maintain a ranch. My grandmother spent many hot summer days teaching me how to sew, for which I will always be grateful. With her tutelage, I became very proficient. I went to college for two years, married, had 3 children, divorced, and returned to school. I was on the 12 year plan, but persevered and finished. I have a degree in Home Economics Education. I have substituted in many elementary and junior high schools in California. I love the challenge of the kids and the learning process. Shortly after graduation, I remarried moved to the beach and had 3 more children. We had the privilege of raising our family near sun, surf, and good friends. I enjoy walking on the beach, working in the yard, creating things to make our home more enjoyable, and spending time with family and friends. I like to eat healthy foods, but I do not like to can or process food. My children bring me great joy and I look forward to the time we get to spend together as adults and friends. I have 5 grandchildren with many more to come.

Why I am a Mormon

I was fortunate to have been born to a family that took religion and spiritual development very seriously. I grew up being taught what was right and wrong, then was allowed to make choices. I learned at a young age what it felt like to make a mistake and be in disfavor with God. I contrasted that with the joyous and comfortable feelings I had when I chose to follow the teachings of Christ. I knew the source of my personal peace and happiness was Christ. For many years, as a youngster, I prayed for an experience that would convince me, all at once, that The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was true. What I thought should be a one time, life changing experience, has turned out to be a lifetime of small, seemingly insignificant, tingling sensations. I recognize those tingling sensations as the way God lets me know that my choice to be a member of His church is what he wants me to do. Throughout my life I have had many challenges. I would ask myself many times, how could things go so wrong when I had worked so hard at doing what was right? I was confused and discouraged, but I knew when I turned my heart and thoughts to the Lord I would always feel comfort and security. I tested the formula many times. My questions were not answered as I felt they should be, and the problems didn't go away, but I knew I could get through them and everything would be alright. As I have grown older, and hopefully a little wiser. I continue to have challenges and things still aren't always as I feel they should be, but the consistent factor is when I have faith and trust the Lord, everything is alright. I feel secure in that quiet peace that can exist amidst the chaos of life.

How I live my faith

I spend much of my day learning and thinking about how I can follow Christ more completely. I have the great pleasure of teaching a class of seniors an early morning religion class. We meet everyday at 6:30a.m. to discuss teachings found in the scriptures. They share some of their thoughts with me, and I share with them the things I continue to learn and know. It is a great way to begin the day. I have had many opportunities to share my talents with others around me. It might be to repair a loved dress that has been accidentally torn, or helping a young person catch the vision of sewing their own creation. I have taught all age groups of people in the church, spent time leading boys in weekly cub scout activities, and have shared my leadership abilities by serving on the board of the American Youth Soccer Organization for many years. There have countless opportunities to support friends and family members as they experience trials and losses in their lives. I believe it is important to not only " talk the talk, but walk the walk". I try to notice and do little things that might make a positive impact on another s day. Smiles and a kind word can make a big difference.