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Hi I'm Mary

I had been searching for a church where I felt comfortable. I was not the first person in my family to do so, I became a Mormon.

About Me

I am a grandmother of 9.My grandchildren are the joy in my life along with their parents. I also, work in the educational field and I truly love to teach and help students become the best they can be in this world no matter what vocation they choose. I love to garden and due to health issues have become quite good at using containers to plant vegetables in instead of raised garden beds. I love all animals and in my household I have two dogs and three cats. I get my horse love by going out to my good friends who have four horses that always need grooming and attention. I like to volunteer to help adults who are new to the USA to learn English, makes me feel like I 'm going back in time to my roots so to speak.

Why I am a Mormon

There are several reasons why I am a Mormon. First of all,I was searching for a church in which I would feel comfortable, after several months of investigating other religions, I asked a good friend of mine to tell me about his religion. He asked if I would be comfortable with the elders coming over to my home to teach me. I agreed thus after many nights of instruction from the missionaries and prayer, I knew in my heart that this was the true church. I was baptized with-in four months. I am the happiest I have ever been in my life, I feel now I have direction and guidance for the rest of my life on earth. Additionally, even though my husband died before he was able to receive the gospel,I was able to do his ordinances so we could be married in the temple. So I know that I will be with my dear departed husband and other family members. I know that this is the true church of Jesus Christ and I am proud to be a Latter Day Saint.

How I live my faith

My day would not be complete with-out a conversation with my Heavenly Father. I, also use prayer when I feel anxious or worried about any thing going on in my life. I thank God for the days full of blessings as well. I show others parts of my faith by setting the examples I have learned in the church and reading the gospels, both of them, the Holy Bible and the Book of Mormon. These are both the word of God. Honesty and integrity are the most useful tools I know. I am currently the only Mormon in my family, but I feel my family will come to understand the gospel when they are ready to listen just as I had done. My students know I have never lied to them and I don't make promises I can't keep which means a whole lot to many of them. I count my blessings whenever I feel down and then I realize that I am only given what God knows I can handle. My own family is pleased with the changes they have seen in me and that makes my even more sure that this is the trued church.I am proud to be to be a Mormon.

How can I know Mormonism is true?

Mary
I can only tell you what worked for me....I read a passage in the Bible, (James 1:5-6); then I read the passage in the Book of Mormon, (Moroni 10:4-5). I continued to study the book of Mormon and I found so much love, compassion and inspiration every time I read. Listen with your heart for the sweet feelings of inspiration from the Holy Ghost, who will to whisper the truth to your spirit and mind. Follow God’s commandments so you can feel the influence of the Holy Ghost. Show more Show less

What is done with the tithing that Mormons pay?

Mary
Tithing is used to support everything needed in the wards, stake centers,temples, funding the missionary program, educational material, building of temples and chapels. and many other uses. We, as Latter Day Saints, are self sufficient, no one in the church receives a paycheck for their calling. The best thing about tithing is the blessing given to each individual and family. The principle of tithing, or voluntarily giving one tenth of one’s income to God’s work, has been known since Old Testament times. Abraham paid tithes to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:17-20). Plus, when the Lord reminded His people of this law through the prophet Malachi in the Old Testament, He promised to bless those who were willing to pay an honest tithe (Malachi 3:10). Show more Show less

Why don’t Mormons drink coffee, tea, or alcohol? What is the Mormon Church’s law of health and proper diet?

Mary
Our bodies are gifts from God. to keep our bodies and our minds strong and healthy. God gave a law to Joseph Smith in 1833, it is know as the Word of Wisdom. In addition to emphasizing the benefits of proper eating and physical and spiritual health, God has spoken against the use of: Tobacco. Alcohol. Coffee and tea. Illegal drugs. Also, God promises us greater physical and spiritual blessings to those who follow the Word of Wisdom. Schools are addressing the obesity issues in the school cafeterias and have been changing menus to healthy foods, with less fat and carbohydrates. More focus is put into great nutrition not just the least expensive. As, a child of the "clean your plate" club, i have personally gone through weight gain and currently am in the process of losing more to help my health issues. I always had followed the Word of Wisdom even before baptism, but neglected to keep the crucial movement part in my life. However with the counsel of God and Jesus Christ, I have had stronger will power and am able to succeed where before I just gave up!! Today, the scientific community promotes some of the same principles that a loving God gave to Joseph Smith nearly two centuries ago Show more Show less