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Hi I'm Maryl

I'm a military wife. I'm the mother of 6 beautiful children and the grandma of 1. I am a piano teacher. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I love music, many kinds. I have played the piano for most of my life and taught others to play since I was a teenager. I also enjoy playing the organ and singing. I like to read, particularly historical fiction murder mysteries. I have a degree in elementary education and have done a fair amount of substitute teaching but have been blessed to mostly be a stay-at-home mom for my 6 children. I have been married for 25 years and currently reside in my 20th home, thanks to my husband's military career. I have lived 12 of the past 14 years overseas. I grew up in the Pacific Northwest and would love to return there some day. I'm a new grandma and learning how hard it is to be far away from sweet grandchildren. I have two teens and one pre-teen still at home, keeping me busy but less-so than in recent years. After so many years with young ones at home I'm now in an exciting stage of life where I get to re-discover some things I enjoy doing that don't involve children, though I still look forward to the end of the school day and their return. I have had a long battle with weight and finally had weight loss surgery a while ago, so I am now working harder than ever on my health and rediscovering life as my energy returns. I don't enjoy crowds at all, but really thrive on having a few close friends.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in a "Momon" home. My parents were both raised as Latter-Day Saints, each with one parent also raised in the church and one parent who joined as an adult. My testimony of the gospel came as I grew. Somewhere in my teen years I realized I needed to know for myself that the gospel is true so I began to include that question in my prayers. A testimony is a living, ever-evolving thing. At a young age I knew I felt peace and love in settings such as church and family home evening. As I grew I found that beautiful, warm, comforting feeling as I studied the scriptures, particularly the testimonies of the Savior found in the Book of Mormon. Every part of who I am knows I have a Father in Heaven who loves me more than I can even imagine, and an older brother who is my Savior in every sense of the word. I truly cannot imagine getting through this life without the knowledge that this is simply one part of a beautiful plan of happiness. I'm thankful for families and for very clear instructions from God, given through living prophets today, about the importance of families as a husband and wife doing all they can, with the Lord's help, to raise children after the pattern established in the scriptures. As we have moved around the world I have been so thankful to know there will always be friends with values, standards, and beliefs the same as mine no matter where I live. I know this is The Church of Jesus Christ, restored in its fullness by a modern-day prophet, Joseph Smith, who saw Heavenly Father and His son, Jesus Christ and then followed Christ's instructions to establish His, Christ's, church on the earth for our day. I know if we will follow the Savior and His example we will be happy, will raise successful and happy families, and will some day return to our Heavenly Father's presence to inherit all He has to offer us, even everything He has.

How I live my faith

My faith is an integral part of my life. At home we read from the scriptures every day (or nearly-so) and have family prayers both morning and night. At least once a week we have a family home evening where we sing together and teach/learn about the gospel, as well as have fun. I also spend some time every day in personal study and prayer. I play the organ each week for our main Sunday meeting, sacrament meeting. I have a responsibility, as a visiting teacher, to watch over 3 or 4 other women in my local congregation. I visit them at least once a month and try to be aware of special needs they may have and offer service when I can. I work daily to teach my children to be good citizens and good examples of followers of Christ. I teach them to treat others as they would like to be treated. Over the years I have taught Sunday lessons to both women and children, have organized activities for women and for the entire congregation, have taught songs to children, have conducted choirs, and have been a Cub Scout leader. As a teen I attended an early-morning seminary class each day before school for four years. As a mother I have ensured my children have been/are able to do the same.