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Hi I'm Marlain

I grew up in Seattle, Washington. I'm mom to 4 crazy kids and wife to a wonderful compu-nerd and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up in one city, he grew up in eight. I never moved growing up, but since getting married we've moved 27 times in 19 years. We've lived or traveled through 27 states, but the gospel and the church were always the same, where ever we went. That consistency is not only reassuring but faith affirming. I have the full time job of taking care of four glorious kids, each different from the other, and a wonderful, intelligent husband who always makes me think. I love to write, sew, read, dance, and create beautiful things for my current home here in sunny Arizona.

Why I am a Mormon

Even if you grow up in the Church you have to ask for yourself if it's true. I remember as a teenager at the end of girls camp one year kneeling in the woods asking that very question and getting an undeniable, powerful feeling that it was, and the Lord loves me. Out of all this beautiful world and all the people in it... the Lord loves little old, individual me. He answers MY prayers. He has felt MY grief and pain, and takes the time to comfort ME. Out of all his myriad creations, he spends time on me. I have received countless spiritual experiences and gifts that confirm and reaffirm my testimony that this is indeed the church and gospel revealed to the earth by Jesus Christ over 2000 years ago, and the only way to return to our loving Father and our home on high.

How I live my faith

For the last 5 years I have been a Cub Scout den leader in the Church and I love it. Scouting is the activity arm for boys 8 through 18 and has been shown to be incredibly important for encouraging young men to stay active and true to the things they believe in, live a good life and serve a mission. It is so rewarding to teach these rowdy boys gospel principles and noble, rewarding characteristics through hands on activities. Boys learn better in the dirt. I really don't see the many rules of the church as restrictions but more like guardrails. They keep me out of danger, instead of having to go through it myself to learn from it. I try to teach my children by example. Say your prayers, read your scriptures, go to church. I love it when I get to explain a detail or principle of the gospel, or see them living it. We truly love spending time together.

Why are Mormons asked to donate 10% of their income to their Church?

"Every good thing cometh of the Lord." Every good thing in your life, every thing that makes you happy, makes you smile, even your breath, your very life, your ability to make the right or even the wrong choice is a precious gift from God. Ten percent of your increase that builds temples, meeting houses and moves his work forward in so many ways is really a drop in the bucket to say thank you. And then on top of it all, you get blessed again for doing that. I can't afford not to pay my tithing. Show more Show less