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Hi I'm Mari and I live in Washington.

I'm a wife, a mother and grandmother of 10!

About Me

My husband and I live in the beautiful Pacific northwest. We have four children and are thrilled that our two oldest children live closeby. This means that eight of our ten grandchildren are less than an hour away. Our other two children live back east but come back to Washington two or three times a year so our whole family can be together. Home can be like heaven when there is peace and harmony, good will and loving kindness. The church helps us by teaching us how to solve problems. When difficulties arise, we all pitch in and work together so that we can all move forward together. My family is my number one priority. There is no greater happiness than when we are all together. We love to fly kites, go hiking, sail and canoe, ride bikes and laugh around the table at family dinners. Holidays are a big deal and we love to celebrate birthdays together. All of our children, and their spouses served missions for our church. Our chidren's testimonies were strengthened on their missions and this common commitment has unified our family. We all love going to church on Sundays because we know that we need to feel the spirit of the Lord. This encourages us to live righteous lives and to love and serve others. Our family relationships are strenthened as we strive to be faithful members of the church. Our next greatest priority is to love and nurture our grandchildren so that they will love the Lord and want to follow his teachings. Families are forever and I love my family.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in New England and during the 1970's there were many misconceptions about the church among our friends and neighbors. My parents were strong members of the church and my father was the bishop of our ward. One summer we went to see the Hill Cumorah Pageant in upstate New York. I was a teenager at the time and I needed to know, for myself, if the church was true. The first time I walked into the Sacred Grove, I knew that all I had been taught was true. I felt a great reverence and I was completely convinced that God the Father, and his son Jesus Christ appeard to Joseph Smith. The spirit was so strong that I left knowing that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints had been restored to the earth again. Priesthood power had been restored and that Joseph Smith was a prophet. It made perfect sense to me that the Lord would use an obedient, spiritually minded young boy and that would allow the Lord to mold him into a prophet. I believe that this church is the Church of Jesus Christ. I belive he guides and directs His church through a prophet and apostles, in the same way he led His church when he was upon the earth. I love this church becuase it teaches me who I am and opens my understanding to my life before birth and after death. I love the Book of Mormon and find it completely compatible with the Old and New Testaments. This church teaches me how to live. My life has had moments of great joy and I have endured moments of storm and sorrow. But through it all, my faith has sustained me. The gospel of Jesus Christ heals our wounds, sustains us through trials, and brings peace to our souls. I know that God lives and that Jesus Christ is His son. I know that God knows my name, and that He hears and answers my prayers. I am his daughter. I know that he loves me and that He loves all His children and wants to bless them. I know that the atonement of Jesus Christ makes salvation possible to all God's children. I love the Lord and want to be like Him.

How I live my faith

I am the president of a program for Young Women between the ages of 12 and 18. I help to train other adult leaders and plan year-round activities that will strenghten the faith of the Young Women that live in our stake here in Washington. It is a great privilege to work with women of great faith who devote many hours to train this rising generation. And I love the Young Women, they keep me young! This generation will be the leaders of tomorrow. They need to know how to live in this world with courage, honor and integrity. There is a very real war of good vs. evil in our world today. The adversary is determined to undermine the family and to blur the distinction between right and wrong. I feel incredibly blessed to belong to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for I know that this is the same church that Christ established when he lived upon the earth. It is my great desire to help the youth of our church to recognize this truth early in their lives so that they can learn to be obedient. The church does not restrict our personal freedoms, but gives us ultimate freedom to choose for ourselves the path we will take. The light of the gospel shines a light in a world that is becoming increasingly deceptive and dark. As a disciple of Christ, I know that true happiness comes by not just extolling the virtues of Christ, but by living them. The youth of our church do more than just attend church on Sunday's. They also attend a seminary class every school day where they read and study the scriptures. They attend a youth activity once a week. They know that if they are going to be a strong witness of Christ at all times and in all places they must put on the 'armor of God' every day. When they start their day with prayer and scripture study they are arming themselves with the spirit of the Lord. When the Lord is with them, they will be able to resist temptation and I will gladly stand with them as a witness of Christ at all times and in all places.