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Hi I'm Marie.

I am a wife, mother and homemaker. I am a seeker of truth in all aspects of my life. I am a Mormon.

About Me

I was raised in a rural farming town and yet, exposed to many cultures and given the gifts of learning and education. Scarlett O’hara from Gone with the Wind, inspired my mother to go back to school for a second college degree and subsequently taught us throughout our lives that education was an expectation and not an option. With eight children, we were all given the responsibility to provide for our own college expenses and we have all done so. Although, I have spent many years pursuing college degrees; I find life challenging as I seek to apply book knowledge with practical every day experiences. I have chosen to be a stay-at-home mom. It is one of the best choices I have made.

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. I was baptized on my eighth birthday. When I was 14, I started asking myself if I really had a sure knowledge that the church I had joined was true. After praying and studying the Book of Mormon throughout my summer vacation, I had an experience that changed my life and taught me about the principle of personal revelation. One Saturday morning, I was dusting the piano in my family’s living room when I picked up a framed quote by an apostle of the Lord, Jesus Christ. As I read it, my heart burned within me as if it was on fire. I knew that the Holy Ghost was testifying of truth and answering my many prayers to know if the church was true. Since that time, I have desired to be faithful to the principles and ordinances of the gospel restored by the prophet Joseph Smith to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Obedience to the gospel of Jesus Christ and perseverance through life’s challenges have sustained me and taught me that God is our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ is our Savior. They are real, personal and caring with our individual concerns, needs and desires.

How I live my faith

Living my faith is a daily act. Because I believe in Jesus Christ and have covenanted to follow His teaching, I know I am responsible for the choices I make. When I choose the right; I feel happiness, peace and gratitude for my blessings. I recognize the hand of the Lord intervening in my life and helping me through life’s challenges. I know I am living my faith when I seek to build others up, serve a friend in need, lovingly care for the needs of my family and seek to create beauty in my environment. I also know I am living my faith when I forgive others and myself for mistakes and look for the good in life.

What is being a Mormon like?

For me, being a Mormon is about living with perspective. I know that at the center of who I am are the relationships I have with God, my Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ. My life revolves around these two pivotal individuals whom I believe are real and personal. I know that God is the giver of all good gifts (Moroni 10:30). I don’t just pray, I pray to God. I don’t just ask for strength or help, I feel sustained and supported. I converse with God and I know he hears me and answers me according to his loving omniscience. What does this have to do with being a Mormon? It means that I live a normal life but yet a life guided by faith. Faith that plays an active roll in the decisions I make. Faith that tells me, God cares about what I do each day and who I am becoming throughout my lifetime. I feel his guiding hand direct experiences in my life, allowing me to become a stronger and well-balanced individual. I live my life knowing God loves me and that because of the Atonement of Jesus Christ sin and pain can be taken away and healed. This is the perspective that the rest of my life is filtered through. I can be a kinder friend, a happier mom and more caring towards others in my daily interactions because I know who I am and the purpose of my life. Show more Show less