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Hi I'm Mary

I am a wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend, and I'm a Mormon.

About Me

My name is Mary Riffle. I have been married for 25 years, and my husband and I have 3 children. One is now married and the other two live at home and work and attend college. I am a Registered Dental Hygienist. Prior to attending college for dental hygiene, I was a stay-at-home mom raising my children for 15 years. I love spending time with my family, serving in my Church calling, cooking, and attempting to scrapbook to organize all of my photos! I value my relationships with family and friends. I am a happy and positive person, and I strive hard to help others feel happy too. I like to be silly with my husband and kids. Sometimes I don't think I have grown up yet!

Why I am a Mormon

I was raised Mormon by my mother. My father was not a Church member. My parents divorced during my teen years, and our family stopped attending Church. As I grew older, I knew something was missing in my life. With all of the worldly clutter and distractions, it was hard to realize what was missing was a personal relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ, and the peace that only this relationship can bring. I went on about my daily life, and in my 20's, I married my husband who was not a member then. We had our 3 children and life was always good, but still an unsettling feeling of emptiness. After the death of my husband grandfather (who my children and I were also very close with), I knew that I needed to show my kids how to find comfort and answers to their questions about life and death. As I searched and attended different churches trying to find mutual religious ground for us, I still did not find the peace that I knew I once had as a young child and teenager. I couldn't feel the Holy Spirit in any of the worship services that we attended. As much as I thought I would never again return to or practice the Mormon faith, I had to go back to feel that Spirit again. Since that time, I have never looked back and wondered why I felt so empty. I know that emptiness was the absence of the Spirit that I felt during the times I had distanced myself from Heavenly Father's love. My husband could feel the Spirit too as we attended together. He was baptized and we were sealed in the Temple with our 3 children. My mother had remarried a wonderful man and they have also been sealed in the Temple as a result of the testimony that I was able to regain and share with them. I have known spiritual sadness and darkness, but now I have an overwhelming sense of peace that I know comes from my knowledge of God's love for me. I will never allow myself to be distanced from it again. Families are forever through God's plan of eternal happiness. God lives and Jesus is my Savior.

How I live my faith

My Church service is an important part of who I am and who I want to become. I live my faith by being an example of God's love to those that I serve. I try to bear another's burden so that it may be light. In my Church calling I am part of the women's auxiliary, and part of that is organizing special meetings and events that will help my church sisters grow spiritually, strengthen them and help them strengthen their families and their relationship with their Heavenly Father too. Some things that help me live my faith is nurturing my relationship with God by praying daily and studying my scriptures. Through my life as a mother, I have also worked hard to teach my children to love God and Jesus Christ, to pray often and study scriptures also. By doing this, we are better prepared to withstand the negative influences in our daily lives. My calling as a mother is the most important calling I have in my life. I am responsible for loving and nurturing my children and helping them to cultivate a relationship with God that we may all return to live in his presence once again as an eternal family.