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Hi I'm Marlys

I live in the American Southwest. I work as a supplemental employee benefits company. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in California and Arizona as an only child to parents who were not religious much at all. I got involved with a limited denominational church group in college and was later formerly received into the Episcopal church. I met my ex-husband who was an inactive member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and with the help of his family, I learn about the church and was baptized shortly after we were married. I am recently divorced remarried. My husband is not a member of the chuch but respects it. I went to university and studied Forestry. I have worked as a receptionist, court clerk, judge, insurance representative, and fire fighter. Currently I am trying to help my children adjust to their new life and improve thier school performance. I am also taking classes, myself, intending to get my degree in Emergency Management. I love the outdoors and natural sciences. I love history, reading, science fiction and fantasy, and crafts. I love quiet companionable moments with my children and wonderful husband.

Why I am a Mormon

When I took the discussions from the missionaries the first time, I didn't feel much of anything, except an overload of information. When the discussions were over, I wasn't ready to commit to be baptized, but I wasn't ready to give it up, either. We continued to meet and just read the Book of Mormon. A few months later we began the discussions again. This time things changed. For me, it challenged my whole Christian faith. I felt that if Christianity was true, THIS (the LDS way) was the way it truely was. Simple, dignified, peaceful. There are no ceremonial superficialities to bring about the feeling of solemness and officialness. THIS is the way Jesus and Heavenly Father meant it to be, and conversely, if this wasn't true, then Christianity wasn't true. My challenge was that if this was the way Christianity was, then I had to be ready to embrace it and if not, then I had to be ready to give it all up. I struggled with this for some weeks and then determined I was not ready to give it up, so I was baptized.

How I live my faith

In the past, I have taught the little children, young women and adult women. I have been a leader in the womens group, as well. These have given me a sense of satisfaction in being needed. Serving in these positions have also taught me many things. I have grown in maturity and spiritually serving in these positions. Currently I do not hold any positions as I am going through some adjustments in my life and reviewing decisions I have made in the past, but I will return to full service in the church in coming months.

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

I have been asked why only Mormons and even then, only some Mormons are allowed in the temple by my friends and even my husband. The fact that what happens in the temple is not explicitely talked about tends to lead some to think the worst and assume it is secret and therefore must be bad. Afterall, God wouldn't hide good things, right? I explain it like this: I have a baby brush that belonged to my great grandmother. It is made of gilded silver, porcelin and horse hair. Her name is inscribed on the back. This brush has been handed down through the family and is well over 100 years old. This brush is precious to me, as you can probably imagine. Do you think I'm going to share this with anyone and everyone? Let them handle it? Is the fact that I keep it in a safe place in my house that I don't divulge to everyone, a sign that I keep something sinister hiden away? I think the obvious answer is "no, of course not!" And yet, this brush is just an object. I can't take it with me when I die. So how much more precious do you think something would be if not only could I take it with me when I die because it is a sacred ordinance, but also because it helps learn what I need to learn to be with my whole family in eternity? Perhaps you can understand why we don't share what we do in the temple with everyone. It is precious to us. Sacred. We don't even discuss what we do in the temple with fellow temple going Mormons outside the temple. Its not appropriate. Show more Show less