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Hi I'm Mary Anderson

I've taught or been an administrator in Special Education for 15 years and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My husband and I have been married over 30 years. We met playing racquetball in college! We have 4 grown children and 2 grandchildren. I enjoy teaching High Needs Special Education High School students. I teach one evening per week at the local Family History Center and love discovering more information about my roots as well as teaching others to do the same. My mother and I take Family History research trips in the summers throughout the country and sometimes to England and Europe! My husband and I kayak, hike, boogie board, and snow shoe. I pitch horseshoes in a league with my parents. My father is a former world champion! We have an urban garden and urban chickens. I enjoy reading and watch British TV and movies whenever I have a spare moment. I can fruits and veggies, bake bread, and sew.

Why I am a Mormon

I joined the church when I was 18 years old, away at college for the first time and facing life's questions for myself. I spent a weekend camping on an island in Puget Sound, walking day and night in prayer to decide whether marriage to my Mormon boyfriend was the right move for me. Miraculously I was able to run into the only Mormon on the island who helped me by answering my questions about the church. Everything fit into place and I joined the church, but broke up with my boyfriend and transferred to Brigham Young University. I feel as if my entire life prepared me to become a member of the church. I also feel close to my ancestors who came to America to find religious freedom through my study of the gospel.

How I live my faith

Most members of the church have "callings" or volunteer jobs we do to help those in our church and community. My calling right now is teaching in the Family History Center in our local community. I do this one evening per week after work. It is very rewarding to teach others to discover their family history, ancestors records and have a feel for those who came before them. Much of the work in done on computers and I teach them to use the resources found at the Family History Center and also those they can find on their home computer. Helping others in this way is exciting and gives me great satisfaction and sense of worth. We never know who will come in and what help we can give them. We never know what we can find. I often feel as though the deceased ancestor is helping us find records!