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Hi I'm Marilyn

I'm a wife, mom, and grandma. I love to read & listen to jazz. I'm a daughter of God. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I loved high school, especially seminary, which is a curriculum of gospel instruction which takes place very early in the morning before the start of school classes or in some cases during the day as an elective class period. It was there that I discovered my passion for music and singing when I auditioned and was selected to be a part of my seminary choir. It wasn't until my 40 year class reunion when I got together with a few alumni of that group that I learned something very important. The leaders admitted that some of the choir members didn't have perfect voices, but that the leaders felt a spirit of love and commitment from some of the auditioners that tipped the scale. That was two amazing years of my life. I remained a single woman for a long time, and statistics printed in a popular news magazine at that time didn't give a woman much hope if she reached 40 before she found a husband. I began to look for and find happiness and fulfillment in my life as I focused no longer on when or if I would marry, but looked instead for opportunities to enjoy each day and just be happy! My life was forever changed and mostly blessed (smile) when I met and married my husband. Yes, there were and are struggles. Our family is diverse and multi-ethnic and the product of many small miracles. My husband is from the Island of Tonga and our beautiful daughters are Micronesian by birth.

Why I am a Mormon

I was introduced to the gospel of Jesus Christ at birth by my parents and extended family. At first I attended church because my parents took me there. But as time went on, I began to feel the Spirit--the Spirit of Jesus Christ and His Father. I loved the New Testament stories about Jesus and I began to know Him as a friend, brother and advocate. One of my favorite stories was about Jesus and the little children. It touched my heart to see the artist's picture of Jesus sitting on the hillside with children of all ethnicities surrounding Him, looking into His face with love, hope and expectations. And then I later learned that Jesus appeared to others in a different part of this world. He did the same thing there--he gathered the little children to Him, and then he blessed each one of them. My childhood was like that of many other children, it was not perfect, in fact there were flaws that I hoped not to duplicate in my future family. But it was good overall, and it gave me a foundation to know what I hoped to create in my own family. Unfortunately, I wasted some of my young adult years, and left the Church for a while. Thankfully, my Father in Heaven did not forget about me, and the Spirit I felt in my childhood, never too far from my heart, returned and convinced me to do what I needed to do to once again feel my Father's love in more abundance, and to seek real happiness and joy. The Atonement of Jesus Christ is real, it is powerful--it lifts and heals. Today I have my own family. Guess what? It's not perfect either. We have our struggles. Each day we wake, we can be very grateful that we have a brand new day to live, share, create, spin and weave our family and individual portraits. When we make a mistake, we can back up, go through the steps of repentence, forgiveness, rebuilding and changing the very nature of our lives and existence. I am happy. I'm a Mormon.

How I live my faith

This question is an easy one for me. I love people, all different kinds of people. I believe each person has something beautiful and individual to share. I like to look for the good in others. I love to smile and laugh. I am happy when I have an opportunity to help someone who is in need. I guess you might say I'm a "people watcher." And I think I can explain that because as you look at someone even for a few minutes, you can sometimes get a glimpse into their heart and see a need, and a way to help that person. It could be taking an extra moment to stop and speak to them, give a hug or a big smile, or share half of your sandwich. There are so many opportunities! I try to treat people like I like to be treated. I have quickly learned when I show impatience towards others' behaviors, I find there is usually a humbling reason behind their attitude or actions. People have bad and sad days and often need an extra bit of love from the people they come in contact with.

Do Mormons worship Joseph Smith?

Marilyn
We do not worship Joseph Smith. We revere him as a prophet of God, a prophet who ushered the Gospel of Jesus Christ into these latter days, the same gospel that existed on the earth when Jesus carried out his ministry on this earth over 2000 years ago. We are grateful to him for the great faith in God he exhibited at the young age of 14 when he took his questions about religion directly to the Lord and indeed expected the Lord to answer. We are grateful he had the courage to fulfill his mission here on earth amid great criticism and persecution. Show more Show less