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Hi I'm Mary

I was born and raised on the Navajo Reservation, I am a Mom, I am a Special Education teacher, and I am a Mormon.

About Me

I grew up on a cattle ranch in the Four Corners area of the Navajo Reservation. My parents were community minded and welcomed many foster children into their home, participated in School Boards, and were involved in many other community programs. When I left home and began my life independently, I started by giving service locally. It started by working with and teaching young children, being a parent helper, and working as a den leader in the Cub Scout program. It was a great experience. I found working with children brings me great joy. I married in 1985 and have three children. As a family, we were privileged to live in a variety of places (Washington, Michigan, Texas, Australia, and Arizona). As a mother of three children, I would say participating in their lives has been my greatest joy, and accomplishment. I enjoy reading books about interesting people, places, and things. I love the creativity and science of cooking. I enjoy walking in nature and traveling to historic and interesting places. Meeting and learning about people is my favorite thing. Each person I meet is like reading a great story. At age 40 I went back to school, and got a degree in Education. I currently teach school, and love the interaction with students, and their families. It motivates me each time I learn students personal story and struggles, and get to watch them grow and succeed. It is fun to be an empty nester with my husband. It feels like we are newly weds just starting out.

Why I am a Mormon

I was attracted to to the LDS church because the idea that God is really our father and loves us and wants us to be like him rings true to me. God cares about us and is in communication with us. He wants to answer our prayers, and He wants us to pray to him so He can help us. I truly believe a loving parent would have high expectations for his children. He would want is children to be kind and love each other. He would expect us to do the best we can to follow Jesus Christ, and then with his tender mercy when we fall short, he will extend his hand to us and let us return home. I am so grateful for the knowledge that I am a child of God and he loves me, and wants what is best for me. I think it makes sense that as a loving father, God would want each of us to be happy, and he would provide a way for us to return to him, and be like him. I am grateful for His son Jesus Christ, and that Jesus was willing to come and show us how to live correctly, and love others correctly. It amazes me he has set-up the perfect plan, so that everyone who has the desire to follow Christ can and at any point in our lives we can change and try to become more Christ like. I am awestruck that in-spite of poor choices I have made, that I know that God, and His son Jesus Christ will never give up on me. It comforts me to know that I am loved and cared for so much by them that they worked out a plan that I and all of the human family can be with God again someday.

How I live my faith

I try to live my faith, by reaching out to others. My personal prayer each day is that I can touch one life in a way to show them that God loves them. In my job I see so many people who suffer and have gone though some very tough times. If I can just help one of them have a little better day, and feel the compassion and love that God has for them, whether they recognize it is God or not, I feel like I am beginning to do what God would like me to do. It sound corny, but my grandmother used to tell me that if a place was a little bit better because I was there, then I would be doing my part. I work with students in the Special Education program, and many of them feel like they are less important and less deserving. If a student can be helped to see their potential, not in comparison to other students, but as God sees them, they will realize they have infinite possibilities in their life. I try to see my students through the eyes of charity or Gods love when I work with them, and hopefully they will catch the vision, and see their worth and importance as part of our world.

Why do Mormons believe in the Bible?

Mormons believe in the Bible because it is the Story of Christ's dealing with his people in the Old and New Testament. If we are truly followers of Jesus Christ we need to study his life and become like him. You can get closer to Jesus Christ by studying the Bible and it teachings on a daily basis. The testimonies that are read and felt there will help you learn to understand and feel the promptings of the Holy Ghost, and prepare you to understand and recognize truth. Show more Show less