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Hi I'm Marianne

I'm originally from Idaho. Every day, my goal is to help my husband and six children feel God's love. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a perfectionist. Education has always been important to me. Even as a young child, I pushed myself to do my best when it came to learning. I graduated with an associates degree in general education right before my first child was born. I also have a tremendous love for music. I play the clarinet, piano, and recently discovered through church service that my most natural talent with music is in playing the organ. Music fills my soul. I love it! With my abilities to do well in school and to excel in music, many of my friends were surprised to learn that I planned on being a stay-at-home mother. Many felt that it was a waste of my education and abilities. I have found tremendous fulfillment in staying home and raising my family. While I do spend a lot of my time doing mundane things, I have found purpose while doing these things. My life isn't just about changing diapers, doing the dishes, laundry, cooking and paying the bills. My purpose, is to teach each member of my family to find joy in our journey as we do these things together. I love knowing that before each of my kids have to face the world at school, they have felt my love, their father's love, and their Heavenly Father's love. They know who they are, children of God. That is my role, and I rejoice in it.

Why I am a Mormon

I have always been a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. My father converted to Mormonism when he was a teenager. My mother was always a member of our church. My parents gave me a heritage of their combined faith. I have always been a believer. As a young child, I put my faith and trust in my parents and their teachings. When I became a teenager, I wanted to know for myself if this church was true. The first time that I remember feeling a powerful witness from God, was after a special prayer. I had been challenged by a religious leader to offer up a prayer of only gratitude. As I knelt and poured out my soul to my Creator in thanksgiving, I knew He was there. I knew that He loved me. I spent hours reading The Book of Mormon when I was sixteen. I kept a journal as I read it. After each chapter, I wrote down verses that stood out to me. Then I wrote a paragraph about how I could apply the teachings from each chapter to my life. I learned how to let God talk to me daily through sincere study of His word. More than 20 years have passed since that time. I'd like to say that life has been easy being a believer; that because of my faith, all has gone right. But like all of God's children, I have had my share of pain and difficulty. I have experienced the pain of rejection from friends, disappointment from the dishonesty of others, unemployment for our family, miscarriages, and severe anxiety and depression during a pregnancy. Through these experiences, my faith was challenged. Through these experiences my faith was solidified in Jesus Christ. I still am a perfectionist, but I have learned that I cannot be perfect on my own. I need my Savior daily. His mercy is what anchors me and helps me to endure my challenges. More than ever, I can proclaim that God lives. The Holy Ghost gives me comfort, peace and direction in an uncertain world. I am so thankful for my faith.

How I live my faith

Right now I participate with my church by being a visiting teacher. I have a partner, and we go out and visit three sisters in our ward. First we try to get to know them, and become their friends. We bring them a message a hope each month in their home. Most importantly, we try to be aware of their needs for their families. I have made many friends by being a visiting teacher. I also play the organ for our church services each Sunday. I love this. This is something that I learned to do after my bishop asked me to learn. It has filled my soul to gain a new talent, and to feel the power that music brings, especially when that music is testifying of Jesus Christ. This is a perfect place for me to serve at the moment because I have a young baby that demands much of my time. Before playing the organ, I was in charge of teaching the girls that are ages 12-18. I also helped them with weekly activities. I loved working with the youth. It was so fulfilling. I had the time and ability to do that before I had my last baby. One of the things that I love about serving in my church, is that there is always something that I can do to contribute. There are definitely times when I am able to give more, and times when I have to simplify. But whether I play the organ, or run an organization of young women, I know that I am needed and have something unique to give.